- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 12, 2016

HOULTON, Maine (AP) - An American Indian tribe in northern Maine will receive nearly $900,000 to strengthen its efforts to prevent sexual assault and domestic violence.

The federal Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women is giving the money to the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians.

Maine Sens. Angus King and Susan Collins announced the funding. They say the money will ensure that victims of domestic violence and sexual assault receive “appropriate, culturally specific, and easily accessible confidential responses.”

The senators say the federal grant will help improve the Maliseet’s trial government’s efforts to increase safety for women in their community.

The money will arrive over three years.

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