Federally Recognized Tribes to receive Stimulus Funds
Wow..this is terrific news.. Obama's Stimulus Plan Benefits Tribes
President Barack Obama will sign the national economic recovery bill that includes $2.5 billion in stimulus funds for Indian Country.
"It is important that we honor the government-to-government relationship with Indian tribes in this bill and that the funds intended for reservation economies be provided directly to Indian tribes so that they may begin to address their dire economic conditions," said Rep. Dale Kildee (D-Michigan), the co-chairman of the Congressional Native American Caucus.
I am kinda reading this government to government relationship thing as it cuts both ways. Me thinks that if the state government refuses stimulus funds, the tribal government may apply for these funds. What do you think?
I offer an article from Alaska where Governor Palin does not seem to want the stimulus funds for education:
If Gov. Palin continues to reject any part of the money, AFN and the Native community will urge her to accept those funds that would benefit Alaska Natives and contract them to Native organizations for implementation.
If she refuses that option as well, we have requested that the Obama administration support a technical amendment to the stimulus package that allows the federal government route the funding directly to local, federally recognized tribes. In Alaska, we have more than 230 recognized tribes, as well as 12 regional nonprofit consortia, which contract with the U.S. for many human service programs. They are perfectly capable of administering such funds.
Routing federal stimulus money through state governments recognizes a government-to-government relationship between the federal and state governments. The relationship between the United States and the federally recognized tribes is also one of government to government. If one government refuses to help some of the neediest people in America, why should another government, which knows its own people's needs better than anyone else, not be allowed to step in and do the job? (emphasis mine)
I don't have a link to the above mentioned "technical amendment" but I am assuming it's real. Perhaps there is already an organized effort by the Native American community to ask for these funds their state governors are denying. I don't know if unemployment funding is up for grabs but I am sure that Native Americans don't all live and work on their reservations.
BTW I live in Texas and find it really stupid that Governor Perry has decided to reject the portion of the state's stimulus on unemployment funds. Understanding Perry’s misleading logic Oh how I wish Molly Ivins was still around to chide Governor Perry and encourage the state legislature to request the unemployment funds and bring Texas into the 21st Century!!! It's time to do the right thing and put people first before the business community. Governor Perry is up for re-election in 2010.
Note: Sanford gives in on stimulus, will seek funds for S.C. Better late than never Mark!