The Chippewa Cree Tribe of Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation has received another grant to bring more clean water to its residents.
The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded Rocky Boy $900,000 as part of $2.5 million it handed out in Montana through its Indian Community Development Block Grant Program.
Rocky Boy will use the grant to upgrade a water system that serves 359 members of the Chippewa Cree Tribe. The upgrade also will allow for expansions in housing and businesses in the area.
The award comes just weeks after HUD announced other grants that will allow the tribe to increase water services and housing.
Rocky Boy received a $2 million grant through HUD’s Rural Innovation Fund to construct a water storage and delivery system that will serve the new justice center and clinic, both being erected south of Stone Child College on Upper Box Elder Road, as well as about 200 homes in the area.
Walking Shield Inc. in Lake Forest, Calif., received a $300,000 grant from that fund to transport surplus housing from Malmstrom Air Force Base to Rocky Boy.
The HUD press release said the Indian Community Development grant program was established in 1977 to help Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages to meet their community development needs. Federally recognized Indian tribes, bands, groups or nations, including Alaska Indian, Aleuts and Eskimos, or Alaska Native villages compete for this funding.
The recipients use the funding to develop viable communities, including rehabilitating housing or building new housing or to buy land to support new housing construction.
HUD also awarded $900,000 through the program to the Northern Cheyenne Tribe to rehabilitate 30 privately-owned homes that are occupied by low-income tribal members who are elderly, disabled or both.
It awarded $750,000 to the Apsaalooke Nation at the Crow Indian Reservation for drinking water disinfection and distribution improvement to serve low-income tribal members.