Biden pledges federal resources for Tribal funding
(KTEN) — Native American leaders gathered in Washington D.C. this week for the annual Tribal Nations Summit. On Wednesday, President Biden signed an executive order into law requiring that federal agencies ensure federal funding is accessible for tribes.
"We've made progress, but we know Indigenous communities still live in the shadows of the failed policies of the past," the president said.
The order creates a one-stop shop database for grant application opportunities for tribal governments, tribal enterprises, and native entrepreneurs.
"That is going to be a game-changer for us," said Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton. "Right now you have to look up USDA, FEMA... you have to look up all these different agencies, and then there's thousands of programs underneath them, and you're trying to find which grant will specifically fit the needs of the community."
Tribal enterprises and Native entrepreneurs can also find federal funding resources using Capital Clearinghouse.
"It's going to help the non-Native communities understand more what the Indigenous entrepreneurs bring to the table," said entrepreneur Tiana Best. "I think it's important to uplift Indigenous businesses, because we don't have a forefront."
The Tribal Nations two-day summit is set to end on Thursday evening.
"I committed to working with you to write a new and better chapter in American history for Indian nations," Biden said. "To honor the solemn promise the United States made to Tribal nations: To fulfill our federal trust and treaty obligations, and to work together to rebuild Tribal economies and institutions."