Was enough done to get tribes money in the Inflation Reduction Act?
All eyes on Sen. Schatz and his tribal resource guide.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI) — after receiving some harsh criticism from tribal leaders regarding his efforts to include tribes in the Inflation Reduction Act — this week released a resource guide showing that the bill contains roughly $720 million for tribes.
“More than $720 million in federal funding is heading to Native communities to support Native-led climate solutions and advance Tribal energy development,” Schatz said in a statement. “Our resource guide will help Tribes and Native communities navigate the Inflation Reduction Act’s direct investment in climate adaptation and clean energy – the largest ever in U.S. history.”
It’s a chunk of cash, and some tribal leaders have applauded it. Still, $720 million is a far cry from what tribes were requesting, and a 7-page resource guide isn’t exactly what many were hoping for. There are 574 federally-recognized tribes in the U.S., so simple math says this money will not go far.
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