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The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law sets aside $13 billion specifically for tribes, which are also eligible to compete for hundreds of billions more in other programs.

The trick now is getting the money out of the federal agencies and into the hands of tribal administrators.

To facilitate just that, the federal government has released a 15-page Tribal Playbook that outlines the what, when, where, and how to apply for funds. Agencies have also boosted efforts to coordinate federal grant programs to tribes.

Mitch Landrieu is White House senior advisor and infrastructure coordinator. Speaking with other federal officials at a press conference Tuesday, he said the law “makes transformative investments that will create generational impacts for tribal communities.” He said, “this is going to be the largest investment in tribal infrastructure in American history for Indian Country.” READ MORE.Joaqlin Estus, Indian Country Today

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The Cowlitz Indian Tribe announced on May 29 that General Council Chairman David Barnett of the Cowlitz Indian Tribe died of an apparent heart attack at his home in Shoreline, Washington.

He was elected as chairman in June 2021.

“At this difficult time, the tribe will pull together to honor Dave’s legacy and continue his vision,” Patty Kinswa-Gaiser, Barnett’s successor, said. She was previously the general council vice-chair.

Barnett was described as a passionate, generous and committed leader to the Cowlitz tribe.

His family and tribe ask for privacy at this time. His celebration of life details will be released soon.

The Department of Interior released Wednesday that Interior Secretary Deb Haaland is experiencing mild symptoms of COVID-19.

In accordance with the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, Haaland’s trip to the West coast was canceled and she is self-isolating, working from home. The Department of Interior is also conducting contact tracing for those in close contact with her. 

Haaland is fully vaccinated with two boosters.

“She encourages everyone to stay current on their vaccinations so that, if they are exposed, they too will have milder symptoms,” according to the press release.

She visited the White House last week and tested negative. She was not in close contact with President Joe Biden.

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HONOLULU — Women from the remote U.S. territories of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands will likely have to travel farther than other Americans to terminate a pregnancy if the Supreme Court overturns a precedent that established a national right to abortion in the United States.

Hawaii is the closest U.S. state where abortion is legal under local law. Even so, Honolulu is 3,800 miles away — about 50 percent farther than Boston is from Los Angeles.

“For a lot of people who are seeking abortion care, it might as well be on the moon,” said Vanessa L. Williams, an attorney who is active with the group Guam People for Choice.

It’s already difficult to get an abortion in Guam, a small, heavily Catholic island of about 170,000 people south of Japan.

The last physician who performed surgical abortions there retired in 2018. Two Guam-licensed doctors who live in Hawaii see patients virtually and mail them pills for medication abortions. But this alternative is available only until 11 weeks gestation.

Now there's a possibility even this limited telehealth option will disappear. READ MORE.Associated Press

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