Native Village Youth and Education News

March 1, 2009 Issue 195 Volume 3

 

RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT PACKAGE INCLUDES MAJOR PUSH TO CREATE JOBS, ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY IN INDIAN COUNTRY 

 U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Press Release
Condensed by Native Village

 

WASHINGTON, DC - The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act approved by Congress includes nearly $2,500,000,000 to create jobs and economic opportunity in Indian Country.

 

Senator Byron Dorgan (D-ND) proposed the budget initiatives. He said the legislation represents a long over-due and urgently needed investment in Indian Country. Indian reservations have faced 50% unemployment rates and double digit poverty rates for decades.  These initiatives are targeted to help create jobs in the short term where they are most in need.  In addition, the initiatives will also help promote long term economic opportunity and activity.

 

The legislation also includes new construction beyond the $2,500,000,000 in job creating investments and to spur further job creation

 

A summary of Indian Country provisions follows
 

INDIAN HEALTH CARE

Indian Health Facilities $415,000,000

       New construction $227,000,000 

       Maintenance and improvements $100,000,000 

       Sanitation Facilities $68,000,000 

       Medical Equipment $20, 000,000 

Indian Health Services Health Information Technology - $8,000,000 

BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS

BIA Office of Indian Programs $40,000,000  (housing improvement and workforce & training)

BIA Construction $450,000,000 (schools, roads repair, jails, irrigation, dams)

PUBLIC SAFETY AND JUSTICE

Department of Justice Grants (DOJ) Indian Jails construction - $225,000,000  (coordinate with BIA, consider violent crime rates and detention space needs)

DOJ Community Oriented Policing Services tribes eligible to compete - $1,000,000,000

DOJ Violence Against Women Prosecution Grants $225,000,000  (result of a 10% tribal set-aside)

TRIBAL ROADS AND BRIDGES

Indian Reservation Roads (DOT) $310,000,000

Tribal Transit Set-Aside (DOT) $17,250,000

INDIAN HOUSING

Indian Housing block grants (HUD) $510,000,000  (conference note to use funding to rehabilitate and improve energy efficiency in houses maintained by Native American housing programs)

EDUCATION

Head Start $10,000,000  (tribal set-aside)

Early Head Start tribes eligible for a portion of the $1,100,000,000 program

Special Education (IDEA) tribes eligible for a portion of the $12,200,000,000  program

Impact Aid language urges targeted funding to military and Indian reservations from the $100,000,000 program

ENERGY AND WATER

Bureau of Reclamation Tribal Water Projects $60,000,000  for water intake and treatment facilities

Safe Drinking and Clean Water Revolving Funds $120,000,000  (permissive set-aside)

Tribal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Black Grants $56,000,000  (result of a 2% tribal set-aside)

Weatherization Assistance Program tribes are eligible to compete for competitive grants under the $5,000,000 program

OTHER PROGRAMS

Indian Reservation Food Distribution (USDA) $5,000,000

Native Elder Nutrition (DHHS) $3,000,000  (Older Americans Act, Title IV)

BIA Indian Loan Guarantee Program $10,000,000

Tribal Community Development Financial Institutions (Treasury) $10,000,000

BONDING AUTHORITY FOR TRIBAL GOVERNMENTS

Tribal economic development tax-exempt bonds $2,000,000,000 in bonding authority

Qualified Indian school construction bonds $400,000,000  in bonding authority

OTHER NOTES

Bill language permits Indian Tribes to contract and compact to build projects and create reservation jobs pursuant to the Indian Self-Determination and Self-Governance Acts

http://indian.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=PressReleases.Detail&PressRelease_id=32de1b92-b63b-4a34-af7a-7679d41ca9a0&Month=2&Year=2009

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