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Issue Position: Native Americans - Recovery Act

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The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which became law this February, includes a number of key provisions and funding initiatives to benefit the Native American community. In total, the Recovery Act included $2.5 billion in direct funding to Indian Tribes and, $2.4 billion in tax bonding authority for tribal economic development and Indian school construction. Significant areas include:

$500 Million for Indian Health Services;
$500 Million in funding for the Bureau of Indian Affairs;
$510 Million for Indian Housing Block Grants;
$327 Million for the construction and upkeep of roads on Reservations;
$5 Million for Reservation Food Distribution Programs;
$10 Billion for grants to school districts serving low-income children, including tribal schools;
$1 Billion in Head Start program funding, including Indian Head Start Programs; and
$100 Million for Tribal school facilities under the Impact Aid program.


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