SRST and state sign historical agreement
An historic agreement between the Standing Rock Tribe and the State of South Dakota was signed Tuesday, July 10, at the tribal headquarters in Fort Yates, creating a new position for prosecuting crime on the reservation.
Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Charles W. Murphy, South Dakota U.S. Attorney Brendan V. Johnson, and North Dakota U.S Attorney Timothy Q. Purdon, signed the agreement between the tribe and the United States Department of Justice to authorize the hiring of a special assistant United States attorney to prosecute violence against women cases in federal and tribal courts.
The funding for this new position will be provided by the Justice Department’s Office on Violence against Women (“OVW”). The new prosecutor will handle violence against women cases that occur on the Standing Rock Reservation and will have authority to pursue those cases in federal court in both South Dakota and North Dakota, as well as in the Standing Rock tribal court.
Johnson is chairman of the Justice Department’s Native American Issues Subcommittee and Purdon is the vice-chair. Both have made the prosecution of cases involving violence against women a top priority.
– Katie Zerr –