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Washington, D.C. – The Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes will be seeing increased funds for court expenses thanks to a fulfilled request for funding by U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.

The Science, State, Justice, and Commerce bill which has been signed by the President set aside $150,000 for the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribal project for fiscal year 2006.

“This money will help supplement the costs of processing hundreds of cases a year,” said Enzi. “Residents of the Wind River Indian Reservation will benefit from a court system that has the resources to efficiently handle cases and positively enhance the community.”

The Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Tribes have jointly operated the Tribal Court since its establishment in 1988. The Court addresses the same issues that state and federal courts confront such as child sexual abuse, alcohol and substance abuse, gang violence and violence against women; however, it has far fewer financial resources.

The additional funds will help the Tribal Court address numerous criminal, traffic, and civil matters for the 35,000 residents in the Wind River Indian Reservation.