A couple of announcements came over the transom today with good news for Montana’s tribes.
From Gov. Brian Schweitzer’s office, the news that nearly $1 million in federal grants will go to two tribal youth programs.
The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes and Salish Kootenai College will use a $359,667 grant to place 250 students in grade school to high school in service learning projects focusing on protecting the environment and preserving Native language and culture.
Hopa Mountain Inc. is a nonprofit organization that invests in rural and tribal citizen leaders who are working to improve education, ecological health and economic development. Its $580,000 grant will go to the Youth Leaders in Service program that fosters civic engagement for 11- to 17-year-olds.
The grants are from Learn and Serve America, a program administered by the Corporation for National and Community Service.
Also, U.S. Sen. Jon Tester’s office announces that two northern Montana reservations could benefit from the latest chunk of federal stimulus change proposed for the state.
The Fort Peck-Dry Prairie Rural Water System would receive $14 million. The rural water system serves the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, as well as Valley, Daniels, Sheridan and Roosevelt counties. Once completed, the project will deliver treated water from the Missouri River through 3,200 miles of pipeline to 31,000 people in northeast Montana.
The Rocky Boy’s-North Central Montana Regional Water Authority would receive $16 million to deliver clean, safe drinking water to more than 50,000 people who live across north-central Montana. The project will eventually deliver treated water from Lake Elwell to the Chippewa Cree Tribe and 22 public water systems. Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation is currently experiencing severe shortages of clean water.
The Senate has approved the legislation funding the projects; now it goes to a conference committee to work out differences between the House and Senate versions.
And remember, here’s where you can check the flow of stimulus money into Indian Country.
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