Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $454,108)
Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. launched a Department-wide initiative on public safety and victim services in Tribal communities. As part of this effort, Department of Justice (DOJ) leadership conducted a series of meetings across the country addressing violent crime in Tribal communities. As a result, DOJ developed the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010, combining DOJ's existing Tribal government-specific competitive solicitations into one, and thus requiring only one application from each Tribe or Tribal consortium. This approach provides federally-recognized Tribes and Tribal consortia the opportunity to develop a comprehensive approach to public safety and victimization issues. This award was selected under Purpose Area #8, Prevent and control delinquency and improve the juvenile justice system (OJJDP-Tribal Youth Program - TYP), CFDA #16.731, authorized under the Department of Justice Appropriations Act, 2010, Division B, Title II, Public Law 111-117, 123 Stat. 3122, 3134.
Lake Roosevelt Management/Enforcement funds enable both the Colville Tribe and the Spokane Tribe to employ law enforcement officers to patrol Lake Roosevelt to enforce federal laws (through cross-deputization arrangements) and tribal health and safety laws. Lake Roosevelt is the 151-mile reservoir of the Grand Coulee Dam, the largest hydroelectric power plant in the United States and the third largest in the world. Since the September 11th terrorist attacks, tribal officers funded by this program have worked cooperatively with the Bureau of Reclamation and the National Park Service to increase their patrols in response to the heightened security threat.
The law enforcement patrols funded by the Lake Roosevelt Management/Enforcement funds are also an integral part of combating ongoing smuggling activity involving float planes from Canada that have used the remote lakes and waterways of the Colville Reservation as a smuggling route for cocaine, methamphetamines, ecstasy, and other illegal drugs. Since the Tribe's officers seized one of these float planes in March 2006, the Tribe has continued to receive weekly reports of float plane sightings on the Colville Reservation. The Tribe testified before Congress about these ongoing smuggling incidents at a July 12, 2007 hearing before the House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Emergency Communications, Preparedness, and Response.