USDA funds 27 rural development projects in Indian Country
The Department of Agriculture announced funding for 27 rural development projects in Indian Country.

The grants will help fund help fund rural businesses, start new businesses, save and create jobs, and train workers in 12 states, including Alaska. Projects include $150,000 for the Makah Nation,/a> of Washington to develop a aquaculture small business training program and $150,000 for the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians to provide technical assistance to tribal businesses involved in the salmon industry.

"USDA is working to ensure that members of tribes have the tools they need to create a livelihood, expand economic opportunity and improve their quality of life," Secretary Tom Vilsack said in a press release. "The grants announced today represent USDA's ongoing commitment to strengthen tribes and support sustainable business opportunities."

The money came from the Rural Business Enterprise Grant program.

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