Wolf Point Herald

Tribes To Receive Federal Grant To Fight Domestic, Sexual Violence

The Fort Peck Tribes is one of five entities that will share $3 million dollars in grants from the Office on Violence Against Women to increase local and tribal capacity to prosecute violent crimes against women and provide services to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking in the Bakken region of Montana and North Dakota.
The Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence will also benefit.
U.S. Associate Attorney General Tony West announced the grants, Tuesday, Aug. 26.
The Fort Peck Tribes will also receive a three-year $450,000 grant to support the salary, travel and training costs of a tribal prosecutor, who will be cross-designated to serve as a tribal special assistant United States Attorney in the District of Montana U.S. Attorney’s Office in Great Falls.
“This news comes at a meaningful time in Montana,” said U.S. Attorney Michael Cotter. “Communities in and around the Bakken are witnessing its impact, and this grant provides critical resources, including mental health counseling, legal assistance, and other resources to prevent violence against women and help victims recover.”
 The Office on Violence Against Women’s Bakken Region special initiative launched in April 2014 and is the first large scale project targeting resources to support the expansion of services to victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking as well as aid the local criminal justice system in responding to these crimes in the Bakken region.
With the funding, the Fort Peck Tribes will be able to enhance responses to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking, and expand mental health assistance, advocacy, legal assistance, prevention education, sexual assault forensic examiner programs, sexual assault response teams and law enforcement training. The grants are part of the Justice Department’s ongoing commitment to protecting women from violence and strengthening the capacity of communities to respond to domestic and sexual violence.

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School Board Extends Reading Grant

The Wolf Point School board extended a reading grant and hired three people during a special meeting, Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 5 p.m..
The board approved a two-year extension of the Montana Striving Readers Grant, which was originally a three-year grant.
The principals of each of the schools talked to the trustees about the grant program’s benefits.
In other business, the school board hired Judy Leddige and Kelli Vine for the Southside Elementary School Breakfast Buddies program. Karen Yellow Robe was hired as an assistant cook.
Four closed executive sessions were held to address student issues.
The regular school board meeting for September is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 6 p.m. in the Wolf Point Junior/Senior High School library.

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Wolves Social


Wolf Point Junior/Senior High School held its annual Back To School Social with ice cream, Tuesday, Aug. 19. It was also an opportunity for students to meet teachers and other staff, pick up class schedules and try out their locker combinations. Pictured are Wesley Weeks and Aiyana Bridges getting their ice cream in the cafeteria.  (Photo by John Plestina)

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Alonzo Pleads Guilty To Drug Charges

Adam Lucatero Alonzo, 31, of Williston, N.D. and San Bernadino, Calif., withdrew a not guilty plea and pleaded guilty in 15th District Court to criminal possession of dangerous drugs with intent to distribute, Wednesday, Aug. 26, after signing a plea agreement.
Judge David Cybulski accepted the plea and found Alonzo guilty.
Alonzo testified that he had methamphetamine, syringes, small plastic bags, a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol, digital scale, 10 cell phones and $991 in cash and paraphernalia in his possession.
Roosevelt County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Alonzo and Hilario Velasquez, 34, of Williston, N.D., and Riverside, Calif., Sept. 25, 2013, following a traffic stop on U.S. Hwy. 2 eastbound, between Bainville and Culbertson. Alonzo was driving.
A jury convicted Velasquez, of two drug charges in 15th District Court, Friday, Aug. 1.

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Brockton Woman Arraigned On Federal Embezzlement Charge

Jana Nygard, 28, of Brockton appeared for an arraignment before U.S. Magistrate Judge Strong in U.S. District Court in Great Falls, Thursday, Aug. 21, on charges of embezzlement of government property and theft of mail by an officer or employee.
She pleaded not guilty.
If convicted of the most serious charges contained in the indictment, Nygard  faces 10 years in prison, $250,000 in fines and three years supervised release.
A grand jury indicted Nygard.
The United States Postal Service investigated the case.

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