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Buttigieg: DOT is "modernizing... the infrastructure that creates opportunity in Tribal communities"

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The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration recently announced $100 million in grant awards for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 and $125 million in new funding for the Nationally Significant Federal Lands and Tribal Projects program.

Grant recipients include $45.7 million for the Native Village of Eyak in Alaska and $54.3 million for the National Park Service in Mississippi, according to an Aug. 17 news release.

“Improving Tribal infrastructure supports economic growth and better connected, safer communities on Tribal land," Acting Federal Highway Administrator Stephanie Pollack said in the release. "The grants we’re providing to communities in Alaska and Mississippi, as well as the additional available funding, will help bring much-needed infrastructure improvements to underserved Tribal communities and on Federal lands.”

According to the release, the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law of 2022 also made significant improvements to the NSFLTP Program by boosting annual authorizations from $100 million to $355 million, as well as guaranteeing 50% of the authorized funding goes to Tribal transportation facilities.

“Through President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we’re now modernizing more of the infrastructure that creates opportunity in Tribal communities," Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in the release. “We’re proud to award today’s funding and to make even more available for next year.”

“The Federal Highway Administration looks forward to continuing and growing these investments in infrastructure on Tribal lands in the years to come,” Pollack said, according to the release.

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