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Minnesota, Dakotas tribes receive federal housing aid

WASHINGTON -- Several Native American tribes in Minnesota and the Dakotas have been granted millions of federal government dollars for affordable housing projects. In all, a total of more than $65 million was allocated to 22 tribes in the three s...

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WASHINGTON - Several Native American tribes in Minnesota and the Dakotas have been granted millions of federal government dollars for affordable housing projects.

In all, a total of more than $65 million was allocated to 22 tribes in the three states by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

In North Dakota, three tribes received more than $5 million each, while four tribes in Minnesota were allocated more than $3 million apiece. South Dakota has three tribes with more than $5 million each in assistance, including $12 million to the Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe.

The funds, part of the Indian Housing Block Grant, are intended to benefit low-income families living on Indian reservations or in other American Indian and Alaska Native communities, according to a press release. Each grant amount is based on a formula that considers local needs and housing units under management by the tribe or designated entity.

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The Housing and Urban Development's proposed 2017 budget seeks $700 million for the housing grants, which is $50 million above the 2016 level, according to the release.

Funds granted to the tribes were:

Minnesota

  •  Leech Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, $4 million
  •  Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, $3.8 million
  •  Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior, $3.6 million
  •  White Earth Band of Chippewa Indians, $3.1 million
  •  Mille Lacs Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, $1.6 million
  •  Bois Forte Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, $1 million
  •  Grand Portage Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, $361,000
  •  Upper Sioux Community, $269,000
  •  Lower Sioux Indians Community in the State of Minnesota, $191,000
  •  Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Comm. of Minnesota, $87,000

North Dakota

  •  Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, $7.5 million
  •  Standing Rock Sioux, $5.2 million
  •  Three Affiliated Tribes of Fort Berthold, $5.1 million
  •  Spirit Lake Sioux Tribe, $2.6 million

South Dakota

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  •  Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe, $12 million
  •  Rosebud Sioux Tribe, $8 million
  •  Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, $5.5 million
  •  Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe, $3.6 million
  •  Yankton Sioux Tribe, $2.2 million
  •  Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, $1.8 million
  •  Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, $1.3 million
  •  Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe, $340,000

A complete list of grant recipients can be found at http://1.usa.gov/1SUWCUI .

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