Attorney General Merrick Garland visits Billings and Crow Reservation

Attorney General Merrick Garland met with tribal leaders and law enforcement officials in the Billings area today to discuss how the Department of Justice can better support tribes and local leaders in fighting drug trafficking and other crimes.

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, center, meets with federal, state and local law enforcement officials in Billings on Tuesday. Garland is shown with, from left, Director of the Office of Tribal Justice Tracy Toulou, Billings Police Chief Rick St. John, U.S. Attorney for the District of Montana Jesse Laslovich and U.S. Marshal for the District of Montana, Craig Anderson.


Garland says he wants to “move funds directly into the hands of law enforcement” and encouraged local officials to apply for some of the 200 grants administered by the Department of Justice.

Garland visited the Crow Reservation earlier in the day, where he focused on supporting his work with the Not Invisible Act Commission, which seeks to better respond to cases of missing and murdered indigenous people (MMIP).

This meeting was primarily made up of victim services experts, including victim specialists

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