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U.S. to increase spending on tribal lands, protect Nevada sacred sites

By Andrea Shalal, Valerie Volcovici and Jeff Mason

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Biden administration to give Native American tribes more say in managing federal and tribal lands , part of a plan that includes aid to tribes whose land has been damaged by climate change, the White House said Wednesday.

President Joe Biden and other Cabinet officials announced these measures at the two-day Tribal Nation Summit, with additional steps in place

Biden is still The summit said he intends to protect the area around Nevada’s Spirit Mountain, which the Fort Mojave tribe calls Avi Kwa Ame, and has been urging the United States to designate the swath of land as a national monument.

Here today,” Biden announced during a speech at the tribal nations summit in Washington.

Biden drew applause when he said he intended to visit tribal lands while in office .

Other new actions announced by the administration include efforts to facilitate the purchase of tribal energy and other goods and services and revitalize indigenous languages.

Three measures passed during the Biden administration Landmark Legislation – Laws Covering Infrastructure, Climate and COVID – 19 Relief – White House Says Nearly20 $100 million in funding.

These actions include new uniform standards on how federal agencies should be consulted on major decisions affecting Native American tribal sovereignty, new partnerships Office to promote economic development and conservation initiatives and to promote federal co-management agreements for lands, waters, fisheries and other resources that are important and valuable to tribes.

Biden said: “I commit to my The government will prioritize and respect relations between nations. “I hope our work over the past two years has shown that we are delivering on that commitment. “

The Department of the Interior also announced that it will allocate 2005 million dollars to tribes affected by climate-related severe impacts of environmental threats and to two tribes in Alaska and the Quinault Nation in Washington state to help them execute plans to relocate their villages to safer locations.

Federal agencies will also be Directs the recognition and inclusion of Indigenous knowledge in federal research, policy, and decision-making – promoting environmental sustainability by advancing Tribal “observations, oral, and written knowledge, practices, and beliefs.”

Small Business The Authority will announce plans to increase financing opportunities, while the Department of Energy plans to increase federal agency use of tribal energy through a purchase authority established under the 2005 law that does not use more than 20 years.

The government will also work to deploy electric vehicle infrastructure on tribal lands, prioritize replacing diesel school buses with low- or zero-emission school buses, and help tribes purchase Or lease an electric fleet vehicle.

As part of the program, the Home Office will set a target to award 2005% of the contract value% of the remaining contract value in the sector for local businesses. With the new target of the Indian Health Service 25% of purchases, actions that could reallocate hundreds of millions of dollars to businesses on tribal lands.

The government will also issue a draft Native American language revitalization plan, stressing the urgency of immediate action while formally acknowledging the U.S. government’s role in eliminating Native languages.

The administration also announced a new initiative to broadly deploy broadband and other wireless services on tribal lands to help Native American tribes improve communication services that lag behind non-tribal lands.

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