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17 tribal communities in Nevada to get $10M in US relief

March 19, 2021 GMT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Seventeen tribal communities in Nevada are slated to receive a total of more than $10 million for affordable housing under the federal government’s COVID relief act, the state’s U.S. senators said.

Democratic Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen said Friday the $1.9 trillion bill included more than $31 billion for Indian country.

The measure passed Congress without Republican support and was signed by President Joe Biden on March 11.

Rosen called the funds for tribes long overdue and the single largest infusion of dedicated resources to Indian Country in U.S. history.

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Masto said funds will support health care, housing and economic recovery.

Allocations range from about $35,000 each for the Las Vegas Tribe of Paiute Indians, the Summit Lake Paiute Tribe and the Winnemucca Indian Colony to nearly $1.5 million for the Duck Valley Shoshone-Paiute Tribes in Owyhee.

The Walker River Paiute, Pyramid Lake Paiute and Washoe tribes will each receive more than $1 million, and the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone, Te-Moak Tribe of Western Shoshone Indians, Yerington Paiutes and Reno-Sparks Indian Colony will each receive amounts varying between $500,000 and $1 million.

Other tribes receiving funding are the Duckwater Shoshone, Ely Shoshone, Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone, Lovelock Paiute, Moapa Band of Paiute Indians, Summit Lake Paiute and Yomba Shoshone.