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Native News Weekly (August 7, 2022): DC Briefs

WASHINGTON — In addition to the stories already covered by Native News Online, here’s a roundup of other news from Washington, DC that has had an impact on Indian Country recently.

Biden administration launches Heat.gov with tools for communities facing extreme heat

Mortality from extreme heat disproportionately affects Native American and Black communities, as well as those living in the urban core or very rural neighborhoods, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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The Biden administration launched Heat.gov with tools for communities facing extreme heat. Heat.gov will provide a one-stop-shop on heat and health for the nation and is a priority of President Biden’s National Climate Task Force and his Interagency Extreme Heat Task Force.

Heat.govprovides the public and decision-makers with clear, timely, science-based information to understand and reduce the health risks associated with extreme heat.

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2021 Gross Revenue Figures for Indian Gaming Industry 2021 to be announced on Wednesday

Indian National Gaming Commission Chairman E. Sequoyah Simermeyer and Deputy Chairman Jeannie Hovland are expected to announce that the Indian Gaming Industry’s Gross Gaming Revenue figures for the financial year 2021 will be released on Wednesday, August 10 2022.

This will be announced at the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association trade show and conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

The annual announcement is based on independent audit reports of 510 Indian gambling establishments operated by 243 gambling tribes in 29 states. Everything is conducted in accordance with the Indian Gaming Regulation Act.

To watch virtually, you will need to Register in advance. It should take place at 12:00 p.m. – CDT.

To learn more, please click here.

EDA to award $5 million to Lakota funds

The US Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is investing $5 million to develop a construction trades training program on tribal reservations in South Dakota. Funding comes from US bailout Good Jobs Challenge.

$5 million grant goes to Lakota Funds, Kyle, SD to create the program Construction jobs, Construction of housesa program for residents of South Dakota’s nine tribal reservations.

Not only will this create a building trades program, but it will also implement a licensed appraisers program to remove a significant barrier to housing construction on tribal lands.

“President Biden is committed to ensuring that tribal communities have the resources they need to diversify and grow their economies,” Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said. “This EDA investment will create a workforce training program for the construction industry on tribal lands, helping to address a housing shortage while providing quality, life-focused training. ask the tribal members.”

White House pledges to tackle growing threat of wildfires

President Joe Biden has asked his cabinet officials, the White House Homeland Security team and the National Climate Task Force to build on its initiatives against forest fires in 2021 this year by ensuring that wildfire prevention, preparedness and response is a top priority, and by taking a whole-of-government approach to increasing our nation’s resilience to catastrophic wildfires. Fact sheet

  • Tribal Highlights:
    • The DOI’s Bureau of Indian Affairs is able to coordinate with the tribes to add an additional 500 tribal firefighters to support firefighting as needed.
    • Increase state, local, tribal, and territorial (SLTT) partner training.
    • The US Forest Service plan, Facing the wildfire crisisoutlines its 10-year strategy to work with the DOI and other partners to address up to 20 million additional acres on National Forest System lands and up to 30 million additional acres of other federal lands , state, tribal and private.
    • The Home Office released a five-year companion Forest fire monitoring, maintenance and treatment plan which charts its strategy to reduce severe fire risk on 10 million acres of federal lands, tribal forest lands and rangelands that are at high wildfire risk.
    • USDA, DOI and FEMA announced the formation and membership of the Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commissionresponsible for formulating federal policy recommendations and sstrategies on how to better prevent, manage, suppress and recover from wildfires. Appointments to the Commission were recently announced and the first meeting is scheduled for this fall. As required by the BIL, youhe commission represents federal agencies, state, local and tribal governments, as well as the private sector.

U.S. Forest Service Releases Record of Decision for Uinta Basin Railroad Project

The US Forest Service has released a Decision Record for the Uinta Basin Railroad Project.

The Uinta Basin Railroad will connect the Uinta Basin in northeast Utah to the national rail network. For the first time, this will allow energy mineral producers in this region to access markets across the country.

The Ute Indian Tribe, located on the Uintah and Ouray Reservation, is a partner and stakeholder in the Uinta Basin Railway project. The tribe was heavily involved in the project and even interfaced directly with the White House to advance the federal clearance process.

“We are delighted to have played a role in helping the railway project reach this important milestone, said Shaun Chapoose, Chairman of the Ute Indian Tribe Trade Committee. “The economic well-being of our members depends on the production of energy minerals on our reserve. Connecting our partners in the oil and gas industry to new markets is an essential part of tribal economic development.

Neely Bardwell (direct descendant of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians), a Michigan State University student who is interning at Native News Online, contributed to these memoirs.

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