Senator John Hoeven announced that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has awarded North Dakota $10 million to help reimburse the state for the costs of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.
The money comes out of the DOJ’s 2017 budget for Emergency Federal Law Enforcement Assistance program.
According to a release sent by the Senator’s office, Hoeven has been working with the DOJ since May to ensure funding. Senator Hoeven hopes to get additional funding in the upcoming 2018 appropriations bills.
Senator Heidi Heitkamp also pushed the DOJ for the funding. On August 1, she urged Attorney General Jeff Sessions to approve the funding request. Senator Hoeven also wrote to sessions. His letter was sent in July.