- Associated Press - Friday, October 7, 2016

PHOENIX (AP) - More than a dozen Indian tribes in Arizona will receive nearly $7 million in federal grant funding for public safety.

Arizona U.S. Attorney John Leonardo announced Thursday that more than $6.8 million has been awarded to 14 tribes as well as associated law enforcement agencies.

Leonardo says the grants will increase safety in Indian Country.

The funding will go toward hiring officers, purchasing equipment and assisting crime victims.

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe received four awards totaling $1.6 million to improve services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking.

Other recipients include the Navajo Nation, the Tohono O’odham Nation and the Hopi Tribe.

The Salt River and San Carlos Apache Tribe police departments will also benefit.

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