U.S. Attorney General William Barr is traveling to Anchorage to attend a roundtable meeting on tribal justice in Alaska, according to a statement from the Department of Justice Tuesday.

Last month, Sen. Lisa Murkowski invited Barr to visit Alaska to see how the tribal courts work, in an effort to improve village safety.

“I think Alaska Native women face unacceptably high levels of violence in very remote areas and I’ve actually scheduled a trip up to Alaska specifically to visit some of these communities,” Barr replied. “And so I would approach this with a great deal of sympathy for the need to think outside of the box and to do something that’s effective in protecting this vulnerable population and I’m prepared to work with you to try to fashion something that will work.”

Barr’s trip comes as tribal justice issues are getting a growing amount of national attention. The Justice Department is awarding almost $2.5 million to three Alaska tribal groups to support crime victims.

The Alaska Native Justice Roundtable will take place Wednesday afternoon at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.

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