CHEROKEE, N.C. (AP) – The Cherokee Indian tribe has asked for $18 million in federal stimulus funds to spend on health care, housing, a new jail and roads on its western North Carolina reservation.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reported June 1 that the tribe already has been allocated more than $1 million. Most of that will be spent on road and bridge projects.
Michael Hicks is chief of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and says housing and health care are the group’s critical needs.
The tribe has about 13,500 members.
Indian tribes are expected to get $3 billion from the stimulus package and most will be spent for housing. The National American Indian Housing Council says more than 200,000 new homes are needed across the nation on Indian reservations.
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