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Watchdog agency questions grant costs from Eagle Butte group

PIERRE (AP) -- A federal watchdog is questioning nearly $175,000 in grant costs from federal awards to an Eagle Butte nonprofit working to end domestic violence and sexual assault against Native American women.

PIERRE (AP) - A federal watchdog is questioning nearly $175,000 in grant costs from federal awards to an Eagle Butte nonprofit working to end domestic violence and sexual assault against Native American women.

A report from the Justice Department's Office of Inspector General released Thursday said the agency audited two grants totaling $1.95 million to the Native Women's Society of the Great Plains.

The office found nearly $40,000 in unallowable costs. It also identified more than $130,000 in unsupported spending for travel, supplies and equipment, among other areas.

The grants were awarded by the DOJ's Office on Violence Against Women in 2008 and 2014.

Nonprofit Executive Director Carmen O'Leary says the group made some mistakes. She says the organization has put new policies in place and will work with the department.

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