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This week’s Tribal Business News Round-Up includes details of the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts partnering with a Native-owned blockchain registry to protect Indigenous artists from fraud.

Additionally, three predominantly Native or tribal-led projects receive millions from the Biden Administration’s $1 billion Build Back Challenge.

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Southwestern Association for Indian Arts partners with Native-owned blockchain registry to combat fraud

In 2020, the Southwestern Association for Indian Arts took the famed Santa Fe Indian Market online, opening artists to a new e-commerce frontier, while also creating a host of problems around authenticity. Now, the group is turning to blockchain to help address fraud.

3 Native projects nab millions in funding via Build Back Better Regional Challenge

The $1 billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge asked communities to identify interconnected investment opportunities that could drive significant economic growth. Three predominantly Native or tribally-led projects are among the 21 winning projects.

SE Alaska partners — including Tlingit and Haida tribe — secure $12.4M for forest improvement, economic development 

The Tlingit and Haida are one of three partners in a group funded by the USDA to address fishery improvements, forest improvement programs such as selective logging and regrowth, and food security efforts. 

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Lastly, the Alaska Native Education Program received a $35 million boost, the Oneida Indian Nation announced a major expansion at Turning Stone Resort, and seven tribal projects received a total of $11 million in federal grant funding.

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