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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Programming to support the unique needs of Alaska Native students received a $35 million boost this month from the U.S. Department of Education. 

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Seven tribal projects have secured a collective $11 million in funding via the Indigenous Communities and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs from the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration.

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AUBURN, Calif. — The United Auburn Indian Community (UAIC) has welcomed Becky Johnson as its new tribal administrator.

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Under a new $3.6 million funding opportunity from the Environmental Protection Agency, tribes will have access to grants to help them develop or refine their wetlands management programs.

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OSAGE NATION RESERVATION, Okla. — Osage Nation will use a $40.6 million grant to develop critical broadband infrastructure on the tribe’s more than 2,200-square-mile reservation in northwestern Oklahoma. 

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BLUE LAKE, Calif. — When you live in a remote area prone to earthquakes, wildfires, and power outages, you quickly learn to be self-reliant and resilient. And if you happen to be the Blue Lake Rancheria of California, you make it your business to teach others how to weather whatever Mother Earth and man throw at you.

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Five tribes in Arizona will receive more than $105 million to help build out high-speed internet infrastructure to serve their sovereign nations. 

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The Yurok Tribe in northern California relies on wireless communication to get its citizens online, but that’s not always reliable. 

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ESPANOLA, N.M. — The Santa Clara Pueblo plans to leverage $3 million in new federal grant funding to bring wastewater infrastructure to a commercial site planned for tribal businesses. 

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Funding opportunities targeting tribal broadband continue to expand as the Bureau of Indian Affairs opens its 20220 National Tribal Broadband Grant Program, per a Wednesday statement. Indian Affairs Assistant Secretary Bryan Newland announced that the Office of Indian Economic Development would begin accepting applications from federally recognized tribes through Oct. 17.