Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) announced today that the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe will receive $900,000 in federal funding for development of economic opportunities and housing. The funding is provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant Program for Indian Tribes.
“This funding is crucial for economic development for the Lower Brule area. I will continue to work to fund ICDBG grants through my seat of the Appropriation Committee because of the significant impact it has on projects pivotal to local communities and their plans for growth,” Johnson said. “My Hometown Prosperity Plan calls for increased investments in the public good, and this funding is a wonderful example of that kind of investment.”
The grant funding from ICDBG is intended to develop viable Native American communities, including decent housing, a suitable living environment, and economic opportunities for the tribe.
In recent years, President Bush has repeatedly proposed to slashing funds for this program. Senator Johnson has consistently joined with bipartisan groups of Senators in rejecting the worst of these proposed cuts, especially for programs intended for tribes.
The Hometown Prosperity Plan is a four-pillar agenda for advancing South Dakota's economy from the federal level. The four pillars, or strategies, include "Promoting Partnerships," "Emphasizing Entrepreneurship," "Investing in the Public Good," and "Protecting Pocketbooks." The full plan includes specific actions related to each strategy and can be downloaded from http://johnson.senate.gov.