Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) announced today that a $25,000 earmark he secured for the Yankton Sioux Tribe’s Victim Advocate Program is on its way. The funding comes from the Fiscal Year 2010 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Bill.
“The number of child abuse cases that occur in South Dakota is unacceptable,” Johnson said. “I am pleased to have secured this funding, to help the Yankton Sioux Tribe to continue work with their Victim Advocate Program.”
The funds will be used for the Yankton Sioux Tribe’s Victim Advocate Program, which provides youth violence prevention and after-care services.
Earmarks like this are federal funding secured by members of Congress, enabling them to support high-priority projects in their home states. Each member of Congress' ability to deliver earmarks for their state varies depending on their seniority, committee assignments, and other factors. As South Dakota's senior Senator with a seat on the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Johnson is exceptionally well-placed to deliver federal funding for South Dakota's priorities.