Tribes seek share of $3B in stimulus funds

Tribes across the nation are vying for a share of $3 billion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The Oglala Sioux Tribe of South Dakota wants $12.7 million for housing projects, $2 million for an alcohol- and drug-treatment center and $40 million for law enforcement and justice buildings. "There's just not enough housing here," Naomi Sitting Bear tells USA Today.

The White Earth Band of Ojibwe in Minnesota seeks $3.7 million for a new jail, communications equipment and more police officers. The tribe also plans to build 30 houses with $1.3 million.

The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians in Oregon will use $1.4 million to build 10 apartments. Another $500,000 could be used to expand a job-training program.

The money is "a huge investment, but it does not begin to meet the need," Jacqueline Johnson Pata, the executive director of the National Congress of American Indians, tells USA Today.

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Tribes look to $3B share of stimulus funds (USA Today 5/13)

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act:
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