Associated Press

ROCK HILL, S.C. — The Catawba Indian Nation has lost a federal grant to combat domestic violence.

The Herald of Rock Hill reported a three-year grant from the U.S. Justice Department runs out at the end of the year.

The grant of nearly $750,000 had paid three full-time staffers to help Catawba Indians leaving abusive relationships and support services to help set up new homes.

Catawba spokeswoman Elizabeth Harris said the Justice Department had 150 applications and was only able to award 40 grants.

Harris said the tribe hopes to use a smaller grant to help to all crime victims. The three employees’ positions are being eliminated and they can compete for two full-time jobs under the new program.

The tribe’s domestic violence shelter is funded separately and will continue to operate.

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Information from: The Herald, http://www.heraldonline.com