Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Tim Johnson (D-SD) announced today that the Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge will receive a $272,000 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development program. The funding, a part of the Water and Waste Grant Program, will be used to make upgrades to the school’s water system.
“I am pleased to see this funding provide important improvements to the water facilities at the Red Cloud Indian School,” Johnson said. “Providing safe, quality educational facilities is essential to upholding our treaty and trust responsibilities to American Indians. A key part of my Hometown Prosperity Plan is investing in the public good, and this funding is a wonderful example of that kind of investment.”
The Red Cloud Indian School will use the funding to fix its sewer lift station and to remove health and sanitary hazards from its water system.
The USDA Water and Waste Grant Program, operated by the USDA Rural Development Agency, provides financial assistance for improving water and waste disposal systems in rural communities.
Senator Johnson's 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.