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Stimulus funds go to California tribes
Written by The Triplicate April 21, 2009
Some of the money from President Obama’s economic stimulus package
is trickling its way down to California American Indian Tribes.
More than $1.2 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment
Act will go towards providing quality child care in native
communities. From that chunk of money, the Yurok Tribe will be
receiving $129,221 and Smith River Rancheria will be getting
In nearby Humboldt County, the Karuk Tribe is receiving $41,262
and the Hoopa Valley Tribe will be getting $32,878.
Matt Mais, public relations manager for the Yurok Tribe, said the
money will be used for providing “new child-care related jobs and
assisting Yurok families in need of child care.” Mais said how the
funds will be used specifically is up to tribal council members,
who haven’t discussed the matter yet.
The Yurok Tribe’s education department currently provides child
care to 35 families or about 50 kids, Mais said.
At Smith River Rancheria, the funds will go towards operating
Howonquet, the tribe’s Head Start and day care facility, said
Tribal Administrator Russ Crabtree.
He said enrollment at Howonquet fluctuates between 12 and 22
children. Tribal members, the rancheria’s employees and the
general public can all utilize the child care facilities in Smith
River, Crabtree added.
Thursday May 07, 2009 09:14 AM Pacific
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