On November 15, 2021, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act into law. The Act provides about $13 billion in infrastructure investments for tribal communities.
The U.S. Department of the Interior has scheduled tribal consultations to discuss plans for this funding. Interior is seeking input from Tribal leaders to inform early planning decisions for expanding access to clean drinking water, high-speed internet, climate resiliency initiatives, and funding settlements of Indian water rights claims.
The dates and times of the virtual consultation sessions are listed below:
- January 26, 2022, 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Pacific Time
- January 27, 2022, 12:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Mountain Time
- January 28, 2022, 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time
The Secretary’s “Dear Tribal Leader” letter announcing this funding is available here and provides registration links and fact sheets on the various infrastructure programs.