- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Federal prosecutors from North Dakota and South Dakota are kicking off a mentorship program on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation.

The program is meant to cut down on recidivism rates on the reservation. The tribe is assigning a handful of mentors who will help offenders who have served their sentences become reacquainted with the reservation community.

The U.S. attorney’s offices in the two states and tribal officials have been working on the program since December 2014.

Standing Rock is a 3,600-square-mile reservation straddles the North and South Dakota border.

U.S. attorneys Christopher Myers of North Dakota and Randolph Seiler of South Dakota are scheduled to appear at the program launch in Fort Yates, North Dakota, on Friday at 12:30 p.m.

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