Feds to help northern Maine tribe improve snow removal

January 15, 2020 GMT

HOULTON, Maine (AP) — An American Indian tribe whose members live near the most northeastern point of the United States is getting help from the federal government to buy snow removal equipment.

The Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians, located in northern Maine, have received $245,000 through the U.S. Department of Transportation to purchase the equipment. The new gear will help members of the tribe maintain safety on their roads during inclement weather, said Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine.

The funding means the tribe will also be able to operate their transit program in bad weather conditions, Collins said. The program transports young people and seniors in the community.

The money is from the DOT’s Tribal Transit Program, which makes federal dollars available for recognized tribes and their public transportation projects.