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Pueblos receive funding for air quality management, domestic violence

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WASHINGTON – On Sept. 20, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice’s Office of Violence Against Women both awarded grants to the Eight Northern Pueblo Council in Congressman Ben Ray Luján’s district.

The $110,022 EPA grant will provide members of the Eight Northern Pueblo Council with green technology training and conduct research on baseline air pollution levels at two of the council’s member Pueblos. After the benchmark test is completed, the EPA and the pueblos will assess what additional measures need to be taken.

The grant from the Office of Violence Against Women will provide transitional housing assistance for people who have experienced domestic or dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, or that are homeless and cannot receive other housing assistance. It will also work with people who do not have access to emergency shelters or crisis intervention services. The $250,000 grant will work with the tribal leaders, law enforcement officials, and members of the community.

“These grants will both go toward bettering the standard of living on the pueblos in the northern part of the state,” Luján said. “Cleaning the air we breathe and housing the victims of violent crimes or these difficult economic times is central to improving the quality of life in New Mexico and I am encouraged by the Pueblo’s plans. These grants will enable the people of the Pueblos of Northern New Mexico to lead healthier and happier lives.”

The Eight Northern Indian Pueblos Council, Inc. is a nonprofit organization whose membership includes the Tesuque, Pojoaque, Nambe, San Ildefonso, Santa Clara, Ohkay Owingeh, Picuris and Taos Pueblos, all located in North Central New Mexico.