WASHINGTON — On Wedeneday, U.S. Senators John Barrasso (R-Wyoming) and Jon Tester (D-Montana), Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs (SCIA), praised the Committee’s passage S. 1704, the Securing Urgent Resources Vital to Indian Victim Empowerment Act (SURVIVE Act).
The SURVIVE Act supports Indian victims of crime by requiring the Department of the Interior to use a dedicated funding stream from the Crime Victims Fund (CVF) to administer a competitive tribal grant program for crime victim services and assistance.
The bipartisan SURVIVE Act was introduced by Chairman Barrasso and Vice-Chairman Tester and is co-sponsored by Senators: Steve Daines (R-Montana), Heidi Heitkamp (D-North Dakota), John Hoeven (R-North Dakota), John McCain (R-Arizona), Jerry Moran (R-Kansas), Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), and Tom Udall (D-New Mexico). The bill will now advance to be considered by the full Senate.
“The Committee passed an important bill today for victims of crimes in Native communities,” said Chairman Barrasso. “The SURVIVE Act will empower tribes with the flexibility to develop programs that meet the needs of their communities. It is vital that victims of crimes across Indian Country have access to the help they need and I will work with Members to make sure they do.”
“Today (Wednesday) the Committee took an important step forward to increasing the safety of communities in Indian Country,” Vice-Chairman Tester said. “The SURVIVE Act increases resources for local law enforcement and expands services for crime victims. Going forward, I will continue working directly with tribes to incorporate their feedback and ensure this Committee is addressing the public safety concerns of Native American families.”