Feb 14, 2009
This is the beginning but we’re in it for the long haul…
It’s really important that we keep this in the news. Yesterday’s stimulus package included a compromise that cut funds requested by the National Congress of American Indians from $6.14 billion to $3 billion. We must make sure our proud neighbors in the north receive their fair share — even more to build the infrastructure they deserve.
By Rob Capriccioso
Feb 13, 2009
“Indian programs fared well in the final version of the economic stimulus plan brokered by the Senate and House… Keith Harper, a Native affairs lawyer … and former member of Obama’s transition team, said important tribal provisions were included in the final legislation. He estimated that Indian country would receive about $3 billion overall as a result of the measure in areas including infrastructure, health and education…. the greatest long-term impact of the stimulus for tribes will lie in the billions of dollars in new bonds available for roads, construction, schools, energy projects and Internet access…”
It is good to see that Native Americans have a friend in the Senate: “Some lawmakers, including Senate Indian Affairs Committee Chairman Byron Dorgan, D-N.D., worked hard as the compromise progressed to keep as much tribal money in the final bill as possible.”