States Attorney Ron Parsons and Oglala Sioux Tribe Attorney General
Scott James are pleased to announce that the Office on Violence Against
Women (OVW), part of the U.S. Department of Justice, has awarded a
three-year grant to the Oglala Sioux Tribe to combat domestic violence
and other serious crimes. The Tribal Special Assistant United States
Attorney (Tribal SAUSA) Initiative, financed through a partnership
between OVW and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, funds and trains
cross-deputized tribal prosecutors in federal law and procedure and
investigative strategies so they can pursue domestic or sexual violence
cases in tribal court, federal court, or both.
Under this initiative, the Oglala Sioux Tribe will receive funding to
hire an additional tribal prosecutor, who will also be appointed as a
Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of South Dakota, to
prosecute domestic abuse, sexual assault, and stalking cases in both
tribal and federal court. This new position will enable the U.S.
Attorney’s Office and OST Attorney General’s Office to increase their
collaborative efforts to hold violent offenders accountable and bring
justice to victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse living within
the Pine Ridge Reservation.
“Working closely with the Oglala Sioux Tribe to protect victims and
prosecute violent offenders for crimes committed on tribal land is a top
priority for my office,” said U.S. Attorney Parsons. “This new
position will help the Oglala Sioux Tribe take an even more robust
approach to safeguarding domestic and sexual abuse victims and their
families. We look forward to partnering with Attorney General James and
his team in this critically important initiative.”
"These additional resources to combat domestic violence crimes on the
Pine Ridge Indian Reservation were desperately needed,” said Attorney
General James. “We thank the U.S. Attorney's Office for helping the
tribe to acquire this grant. The Tribal Attorney General's Office looks
forward to working with this new Special Assistant U.S. Attorney to
hold offenders accountable and to bring justice to victims of domestic
The Oglala Sioux Tribe is one of only five Indian tribes in the country to receive a Tribal SAUSA award this year.