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Associated Press, Published July 06 2012

Agreement to be signed for new tribal prosecutor

PIERRE, S.D. — Federal prosecutors will meet with officials of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe next week to sign an agreement authorizing the hiring of a special assistant U.S. attorney to prosecute cases involving violence against women on the reservation.

The memorandum of understanding will be signed Tuesday in Fort Yates by Standing Rock Tribal Chairman Charles W. Murphy, U.S. Attorney for South Dakota Brendan V. Johnson and U.S. Attorney for North Dakota Timothy Q. Purdon.

The special assistant U.S. attorney will prosecute cases in tribal courts and in federal courts in North Dakota and South Dakota. Funding for the position will be provided by the Justice Department's Office on Violence Against Women.

Johnson is chairman of the Justice Department's Native American Issues Subcommittee, and Purdon is vice-chairman of the panel.

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Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.