$3M federal grant aimed at Bakken oil patch crime
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) -- The U.S. Justice Department is spending $3 million to expand services for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in the Bakken oil producing region of North Dakota and Montana. Federal officials say the money also will be used to pay for one prosecutor on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Montana and for one on the Fort Berthold Reservation, which is located in the heart of North Dakota's oil patch. Law enforcement and tribal leaders have called for more help in the region that's seen an influx of thousands of oilfield workers in recent years. U.S. Attorney Tim Purdon says services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault have not grown "commensurate with the increased population in the region." Purdon says the grants announced Friday should help.