BISMARCK, Apr 04, 2013 -- Jasper Schneider, USDA Rural Development State Director, announces today the release of a tribal progress report highlighting the agency’s impact across North Dakota tribal nations. Since 2009, more than $232 million has been invested into North Dakota’s tribal regions to improve infrastructure, increase access to housing and partner with tribal colleges.
“Through a strong partnership with North Dakota’s tribal leadership, USDA has assisted with the growing infrastructure needs in our tribal communities and helped empower the tribal colleges,” said Schneider. “While there is always more work to do, the progress report spotlights the projects completed and the high value we place on our tribal relationships.”
USDA Rural Development offers financial support through a variety of programs to improve quality of life. The progress report provides a breakdown of projects financed in the tribal nations of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Spirit Lake Tribe, Three Affiliated Tribes, and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.
In North Dakota, USDA Rural Development has 43 employees in five offices and manages a loan portfolio of over $4 billion. For more information or to read the report, please visit USDA’s web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/nd.