LITTLE VALLEY — The Seneca Indian Nation in western New York intends to spend $1 million to combat drug abuse, addiction and crime.
The Dunkirk Observer reports that the Seneca Tribal Council approved spending the money for anti-drug abuse efforts, including services and education.
Seneca Nation Tribal Councilor Don John of the Allegany Territory says the nation is just as subject to the destructive forces of drugs as any other community.
He says the Senecas will work with outside agencies, law enforcement and schools to help develop the program.
Cattaraugus County Sheriff Timothy Whitcomb tells the newspaper Seneca officials contacted his office about worries over increasing in crime. He says there are discussions about possibilities like the tribe helping pay for officers in local schools under a three-year contract.