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KETCHIKAN, Alaska — The Tribal Council of Ketchikan Indian Community has appointed Ruby Steele (Hualapai) as its new tribal administrator. 

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Six tribal projects have received federal grant awards totaling $20 million intended to help spur economic growth. 

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As tribes grapple with a historic rush of federal funding intended to get underserved or unserved areas online, Native-led organizations have stepped up to help navigate the process. 

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The $49 million in federal funding that the Southeast Conference of Alaska was awarded for its proposed mariculture industry cluster effectively hits the fast-forward button on the project. 

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Three south Alaskan groups have received $12.4 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to support regionally led conservation and economic growth efforts. 

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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.