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Minnesota American Indian tribes awarded $18M for housing development

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Making housing accessible, affordable and safer for Native American tribes – that's the goal of a multimillion dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

HUD announced more than $651 million will go to 636 tribes in 34 states throughout the country, including 10 in Minnesota. Tribes here will split nearly $18 million of the Indian Housing Block Grant.

That money can go toward housing development, housing services for eligible families and individuals, crime prevention and safety, and more.

The department says grant amounts are based on a formula that looks at "local needs and housing units" being managed by the tribe.

Challenges facing tribes

Homelessness is a major challenge for many tribes, but it's only one of many. The Washington Post lists others, including high suicide rates, domestic violence, sexual assault, alcoholism and drug addiction. According to HUD, creating stable housing can be a solution.

"Our nation is at its best when everyone has a fair chance to thrive," said HUD Secretary Julián Castro. "These funds will support the innovative work Native American tribes and families are doing to build a more prosperous future."

The block grant was developed by the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act of 1996.

List of recipients in Minnesota

  • Bois Forte Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe: $1.029 million.
  • Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior: $3.46 million.
  • Grand Portage Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe: $359,635.
  • Leech Lake Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe: $3.974 million.
  • Lower Sioux Indians Community in the State of Minnesota: $191,692.
  • Mille Lacs Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe: $1.59 million.
  • Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians: $3.6 million.
  • Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community: $140,686. (SMSC leaders noted they give 100 percent of their grant money to the Upper Sioux Community in Granite Falls.)
  • Upper Sioux Community: $249,127.
  • White Earth Band of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe: $3.02 million.

(Editor's note: The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community is a sponsor of BringMeTheNews.)

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