Archive for February 24th, 2009
Since President Obama signed the stimulus bill into law, I’ve been asking Montana Sens. Max Baucus and Jon Tester one question. How does the funding break down for Montana tribes? Well, they just sent out a joint press release answering that question. Here it is:
Feb. 24, 2009
Baucus, Tester announce millions for Indian Country
Senators set aside funding for water projects, schools
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester today detailed several Indian Country-projects that are slated to receive millions of dollars in federal funding for Fiscal Year 2009.The projects, which create jobs and boost Montana’s economy, are part of an overall appropriations bill that funds the federal government. Both Baucus and Tester requested the funding last year.
“This funding is about improving public safety and justice on Montana’s reservations,” Baucus said. “These dollars will go a long way in bringing boosting Indian communities with better water systems, schools, law enforcement and good-paying jobs.”
”This funding is very solid investment in Montana families and it will empower Indian communities with the resources they need to become self-sufficient,” said Tester, a member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee. “Max and I worked hard to set aside this funding, which will bring more hope and opportunity to Indian Country.”
Baucus and Tester detailed the following projects for Indian Country:
· $100,000 for the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Reservation for a 911 call center.
· $300,000 for Fort Belknap to add additional staff, updated electronic data systems, equipment and training to ensure quality judicial services in the tribal court.