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VW Settlement Funds For State & Tribes

The Federal government has established two environmental mitigation trusts to distribute more than $2.9 billion over the next six years to states and tribes. These funds are the result of a settlement with Volkswagen (VW) for violation of the Clean Air Act. As of October 2, 2017, the 60-day period to apply for beneficiary status started. Read more below.

Native American Housing Resources from the Red Feather Development Group

As we strive to illuminate how grants touch lives, today we bring you guest blogger Joe Seidenberg of the Red Feather Development Group, who shares how their Native Home Resource Network brings sustainable housing to reservation communities.

Tribal & Rural Transportation:  CTAA Short-Term Assistance

The Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) is a national professional membership association dedicated to making affordable, efficient transportation available to everyone. In support of that goal, it conducts research, provides technical assistance, education, and advocacy around transportation-related issues. It also administers short-term assistance programs for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for small scale transportation issues in tribal and rural areas.

The Skinny on the Full Budget

The full version of March's abbreviated or "skinny" federal budget proposal was released this past Tuesday. Historically, presidential budgets rarely get approved in their entirety.  It has become a Washington tradition to declare them dead on arrival, as it is ultimately up to Congress to determine federal spending. Still, given that the budget proposal reflects an administration's priorities, many people are interested in specifics because they can be an indication of future trends. Below is a list of articles that provide basic details on which programs have been slated for spending reductions and which have been marked for complete elimination.

Broadband for Rural Areas

Every day, 73 percent of us go online. The White House’s Broadband Opportunity Council now calls internet access a core utility, infrastructure as necessary as water, sewers, and electricity. Yet the digital divide between rural and urban areas still exists: 53 percent of rural Americans, some 22 million people, lack access to broadband. On Tribal lands, the statistics are 63 percent, or 2.5 million people.

2014 Tribal Nations Conference: Outreach to Native American Youth

Obama_at_Tribal_Conference-1When President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama met with Native American youth of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Nation this past June, they walked away shaken. "[S]ome of these kids were carrying burdens no young person should ever have to carry,” the president remarked during Wednesday’s White House Tribal Nations Conference, where his administration met with 566 federally recognized tribes from across the United States. Those young people's stories, captured by the statistics, speak of lives affected by homelessness, addiction, poverty, and a suicide rate three times the national average.

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