Crow and 18 Other Tribes Net $3.2 Million in Energy and Mineral Grants From Interior
The Crow Tribe has received a $655,000 grant for its Yellowtail hydropower project, one of 19 tribes netting 21 grants totaling $3.2 million under the federal Energy and Mineral Development Program Awards, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced on Friday March 14.
Mineral grant awards totaling $505,420 went to the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, Hualapai Tribe, Moapa Band of Paiute Indians, Nez Perce Tribe, Spirit Lake Tribe and Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the Department of the Interior said.
The Pueblo of Jemez, Jicarilla Apache Nation and Ute Mountain Ute Tribe collectively received $765,234 for oil, gas and geothermal projects.
For renewables, including the Crow Tribe’s grant, a total of $1.9 million went to the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Tribe of Chippewa, Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Ho-Chunk Nation, Pueblo de Cochiti, Shoshone Bannock Tribes, the Tule River Tribe and Blue Lake Rancheria, which got two grants.
“The Crow Nation is working to provide reliable, low-cost, renewable power to tribal members, and this grant will help make that vision a reality,” said Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, who made the announcement while on a tour of the Crow Reservation. Jewell also chairs the White House Council on Native American Affairs. “These grants are about strengthening self-determination and self-governance by enabling tribal nations to evaluate and promote their energy and mineral assets, negotiate the best agreements with partners or investors and develop these resources for the social and economic benefit of their communities.”
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