New York tribes receive share of stimulus funds
Friday, July 31, 2009
Filed Under: National
Two New York tribes are among the beneficiaries of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
The Oneida Nation is using $83,000 to install solar lights in a housing community. The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe is using more than $2 million for water treatment and sewer systems.
The stimulus package provided $3 billion for Indian Country projects. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-New York) voted for the bill but appears to have questions about tribes receiving money.
“If it creates jobs for our workers who pay taxes, pay the payroll tax and everything else, that's one thing; if it goes to people who do not pay taxes or does not create jobs... it's another,” Schumer tells WSYR-TV.
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Billions in stimulus dollars to Indian nations: The Real Deal (WSYR-TV 7/30)
EDITORIAL FOOTNOTE; How come the Mohegan Tribe, hasn't put in for these funds? Or have they? Should the Mohegan Tribe put in for them? What do you think?