Tribal firms won record $23B in federal contracts in 2023

Jan 26, 2024
That represents the eight consecutive year of growth and about 3% of total federal contracts.
Since tribal nations typically don’t tax their citizens, revenue from federal contracts helps fund vital services, says Quinton Carroll with the Native American Contractors Association.
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Federal oversight may be hindering Native American homeownership, GAO report finds

Oct 30, 2023
Delays in the BIA approval of real estate transactions could have exposed Native homeowners to climbing interest rates and construction costs.
Most real estate transactions that happen in Indian country have to be approved by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Above, homes on the Lower Brule Indian Reservation in Lower Brule, South Dakota.
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After federal investment, supply chain jams and labor shortages still hinder tribal broadband access

Apr 6, 2023
In Oklahoma's Osage Nation, the construction of a 200-mile fiber network is underway, but hurdles abound.
To boost broadband access, tribal nations must compete with states that are also flush with federal funds to purchase the same supplies.
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Interior Department will put $1.7 billion toward fulfilling tribal water rights settlements

Feb 25, 2022
Some tribes have been waiting on the funding for decades. They'll put it toward shoring up water infrastructure on their reservations.
A water pump is repaired outside of a home on the Navajo Nation on Dec. 16, 2021 in Thoreau, New Mexico.
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FCC proposes rule change to help tribal libraries with broadband

Oct 25, 2021
A change to the E-Rate program could help tribal libraries get online.
Navajo Nation is currently expanding internet capacity at local government and community centers that function like libraries through E-Rate, a Federal Communications Commission program that helps schools and libraries access affordable broadband.
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Native American community colleges see enrollment declines because of COVID-19

Apr 14, 2021
Some students lacked internet and other technology for remote learning. Some schools have provided incentives like free laptops.
In the fall, first-time-freshman enrollment at tribal colleges fell an average of 11% nationwide.
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