Ho-Chunk Nation Police receives Tribal Resources Grant

By Ken Luchterhand

The Ho-Chunk Tribal Police Department recently was notified that it was awarded a $203,460 grant from the Tribal Resources Grant Program – Equipment and Training Award.
On Sept. 19, a letter was received from the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C., notifying the Ho-Chunk Nation of the award.
According to Police Chief Earl Lemieux, the money will go toward purchasing new squad cars.
“I’m very happy to get the new squad cars. The squad cars we currently use have high mileage,” Lemieux said. “We’re happy to be able to upgrade the fleet.”
They recently got the green light to purchase the cars, so an order was made. It will be three to four months before the new squad cars will arrive.
The agency applied for the funding under the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) Purpose Area 1. This is the ninth year that the Department of Justice’s award-making components has utilized this streamlined approach for federally recognized tribes, according to the award letter.
The CTAS award application process was inspired by and developed after consultation with tribal leaders and has been updated based on continued tribal consultations and listening sessions.