Students at the Crow Shadow Institute of the Arts discuss an art project. The new art institute, on the Umatilla Reservation in eastern Oregon, was funded with the support of USDA Rural Development and partner organizations

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Alaska Native Corporation Uses Rural Energy For America Funding to Cut Power CostsTo further reduce operational costs following energy efficiency improvements in their facilities, Choggiung Ltd., a Native village for-profit corporation located in Dillingham, Alaska, researched renewable energy systems viable for severe weather conditions. After comparing various renewable energy alternatives, they selected a Proven 15kW wind turbine for the State Court House in Dillingham. The Native Corporation owns the building and leases it to the State.

Safe Transportation Provided for Children on the Reservation The Head Start school bus, operated on the Skokomish Indian Reservation for over eight years, did not meet the safety features required by the Head Start Act. The bus was also a costly expense for the Tribe due to frequent mechanical breakdowns. Funding from USDA Rural Development Community Facilities Program, along with a 25% match from the Tribe, was utilized to purchase a new school bus...

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Why is USDA Rural Development interested in my tribal community?

USDA Rural Development is committed to the future of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities and individuals. USDA Rural Development has many financial programs and staff available to help improve tribal communities.

Who can apply for USDA Rural Development loans and grants?

Anyone living in a rural community may apply for a USDA Rural Development loan or grant. A rural community is defined as one with a population of less than 20,000 for most housing programs, 50,000 or less for business programs and 10,000 or less for most utilities programs. Rural Development often works in partnership with tribal, state and local governments, as well as with rural businesses, cooperatives and nonprofit agencies. Specifically, USDA Rural Development has funding available for federally recognized tribes, Alaska Native Villages and tribal colleges. Please visit www.rurdev.usda/AI_AN.html or call 1-800-670-6553.

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(August 14, 2012) Council for Native American Farming and Ranching Holds First Meeting Today

(August 1, 2012) New Drought Assistance Resources and Information

(June 20, 2012)USDA Celebrates Homeownership Month At Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Homebuyers Fair

(June 18, 2012) USDA Continues Efforts Spur Job Creation and Business Growth for Tribes and Rural Communities

(Jun 13, 2012) USDA Secretary Vilsack Announces Measures to Improve the Quality of Life and Foster Economic Opportunity for Tribal Communities