$75,000 granted to assist Hualapai in drug fight

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Recently, a $75,000 grant was awarded to the Williams Alliance to help them mentor the Hualapai Tribe Youth Services Coalition through the Drug Free Communities program. While the law enforcement community does all that it can to keep our communities safe and put drug dealers behind bars, these funds will help educate our children and reduce drug use.

The Alliance will receive $75,000 in mentorship funds for FY 2009. They will assist the Hualapai Tribe in building up a coalition geared to meeting their unique needs and help them develop community-specific anti-drug strategies.

"Our border has become a gateway for smugglers and gangs, and we need a comprehensive, sustained effort to help our communities stop drug trafficking," said Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick. "Groups like the Williams Alliance and the Hualapai Tribe have an important role to play in that fight.

"While law enforcement cracks down on the Mexican cartels that supply drugs, this organization reduces demand by limiting the number of first-time users and addressing addiction. Setting up this program on Hualapai lands will help keep drug dealers off our streets," she added.

In total, $21 million is being allocated to 161 communities nationwide in this round of Drug Free Communities grants, with $750,000 specifically being used for mentorship programs. It is part of a wider strategy being executed by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to combat the growing drug trade and cross-border smuggling by the cartels.

The Drug Free Communities Support Program is managed by the ONDCP and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and is aimed at helping civic groups get folks involved in anti-drug efforts.

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