fbpx
 

Tribal communities will soon have access to $46 million in funding to combat impacts of climate change, according to an announcement from the Department of the Interior today.

The funding, included in President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure law, is available for projects and initiatives that focus on climate resilience and adaptation, ocean and coastal management, community-driven relocation, and protection-in-place.

The lifeline comes as Indigenous communities are consistently bearing the brunt of climate change.

“As the effects of climate change continue to intensify, Indigenous communities are facing unique climate-related challenges that pose existential threats to Tribal economies, infrastructure, lives and livelihoods. Coastal communities are facing flooding, erosion, permafrost subsidence, sea level rise, and storm surges, while inland communities are facing worsening drought and extreme heat,” Secretary Deb Haaland, Laguna Pueblo, said in a statement. “President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s historic investments in Tribal communities will help bolster community resilience, replace aging infrastructure, and provide support needed for climate-related community-driven relocation and adaptation.”

Never miss Indian Country’s biggest stories and breaking news. Sign up to get our reporting sent straight to your inbox every weekday morning.

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides a total of $466 million to the Bureau of Indian Affairs over five years, including $216 million for climate resilience programs. Of that funding, $130 million is provided for community relocation, $86 million is provided for Tribal climate resilience and adaptation projects, and $43.2 million will be available to spend annually for five years. 

For more information on the funding opportunity, the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals Tribes and Climate Change Program will host a webinar on April 25, from 3:30-5:00pm eastern time. Registration is available online. Those who cannot attend will be able to watch an archived version.



More Stories Like This

Repairs Planned for Dams in Tribal Communities
Santa Clara Pueblo, Santo Domingo Pueblo, and Pueblo of Santa Ana Tribal Leaders Meet with FEMA Deputy Administrator to Discuss Wildfires
Dibaginjigaadeg Anishinaabe Ezhitwaad - A Tribal Climate Adaptation Menu
Reporters Notebook from: Society of Environmental Journalists 2022 Conference, Days Four and Five
There's a New Critical Habitat Designation for Nayiit and Makliit. Will it Keep their Numbers Up?

About The Author
Jenna Kunze
Author: Jenna KunzeEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Staff Writer
Jenna Kunze is a reporter for Native News Online and Tribal Business News. Her bylines have appeared in The Arctic Sounder, High Country News, Indian Country Today, Smithsonian Magazine and Anchorage Daily News. In 2020, she was one of 16 U.S. journalists selected by the Pulitzer Center to report on the effects of climate change in the Alaskan Arctic region. Prior to that, she served as lead reporter at the Chilkat Valley News in Haines, Alaska. Kunze is based in New York.