Minnesota, Dakotas tribes receive housing aid

Minnesota, Dakotas tribes receive housing aid

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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.

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

• 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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