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Seven tribal governments receive housing funds

SEATTLE – Seven American Indian governments have received $408,715 for home repairs from the U.S. Agriculture Department’s Rural Development office.

They are among 148 groups and individuals selected to receive a total of $9.1 million in grants to repair or rehabilitate housing owned or occupied by very-low- and low-income rural residents. The awards will be distributed in 49 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

Among those awarded grants: Navajo Utah Commission, Arizona, $71,558; Cocopah Indian Housing and Development, Arizona, $71,558; Smith River Rancheria, California, $100,000; Yerington Paiute Tribal Housing Authority, Nevada, $50,000; Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, $38,533; Tri-County Indian Nations of Oklahoma, $38,533; Citizen Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma, $38,533.

Assistant Agriculture Secretary Thomas Dorr said the grant program “helps homeowners and apartment owners across the nation make the necessary improvements to their properties. The grants will help fix problems such as leaking roofs, unsafe plumbing or crumbling foundations.”

Richard Walker is a correspondent reporting from San Juan Island, Wash. Contact him at rmwalker@rockisland.com.