Tribal Leaders Optimistic About Funding Bill’s Benefits

Photo via Gila River Indian Community

Arizona tribal leaders recently expressed hope and optimism about the potential benefits their communities derive from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

The recently passed spending measure includes more than $13B for investments in native communities.

Gila River Indian Community Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis, Ak-Chin Indian Community Chairman Robert Miguel and Salt River Indian Community President Martin Harvier recently appeared at a press conference to discuss issues in their communities and how the bill may help address them.

Project types under consideration include roadway repair and expansion, water system modernization, broadband connectivity and other, more general investment intended to raise infrastructure and quality of life closer to the non-native communities that surround them.

During the event, Lewis signed an Annual Funding Agreement with the Bureau of Reclamation that will provide almost $72M in new funding intended to speed up construction for the Pima Maricopa irrigation project. (Source)

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