- By Native News Online Staff
Today, the Department of the Interior invited tribes to consult on how to implement the infrastructure bill. It includes at least $13 Billion for Native communities to improve roads, expand broadband and fund environmental reclamation and water rights.
Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is a significant investment in Indian Country that will ensure future generations have clean water, fertile soil, and a quality of living that is not currently threatened by the worsening climate crisis. Secretary Deb Haaland, Secretary of Interior, stated in a statement. Tribal leaders understand the needs and wants of their people best. As we realize this historic opportunity, it’s crucial that Tribes remain at the decision-making table.
Today, the department sent letters to all tribal nations asking for input and feedback on the early planning decisions for programs in the bill. These plans were to be implemented between Jan. 26-28. These programs include:
- Programs for Tribal Climate Resilience;
- Programs to improve drought resilience and water infrastructure
- Indian water right settlement investments
- Wildfire resilience programs;
- Programs for ecosystem restoration
- Programs to reduce legacy pollution;
- U.S. Geological Survey infrastructure law program.
Tribes may also submit written comments [email protected]By February 4.
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