USDA Announces $2.6 Million in Grants for Infrastructure and Economic Development Projects on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack awarded $2.6 million in grants for seven projects to support economic development and improve the economy on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
“Investing in and rebuilding hard-hit communities are important parts of this Administration’s plan to ensure that every child has a fair chance at success,” Vilsack said. “Working in conjunction with our public and private partners, USDA is supporting much-needed infrastructure and economic development improvements to help create jobs, improve access to education opportunities and quality, affordable housing, and reduce crime throughout the Pine Ridge community.”
The projects being financed by USDA Rural Development include:
- $1.85 million for a Water and Waste Disposal grant to Oglala Sioux Tribe to construct a cell for the solid waste landfill, construct a building, make repairs and purchase equipment;
- $160,800 for a Community Facilities Tribal College Initiative grant to Oglala Lakota College for a communications/phone system for the main campus in Kyle;
- $134,259 for a Socially Disadvantaged Groups Grant to the InterTribal Buffalo Council to provide training and teach best practices to socially disadvantaged ag producers for disease management programs;
- $49,500 for a Rural Business Development Grant to the Value Added Agriculture Development Center, based in Pierre, S.D., to teach local businesses in Oglala Lakota County, which is on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, how to commercially process and successfully market buffalo meat;
- $48,700 for a Community Facilities Grant to the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety to purchase two police vehicles in Oglala;
- $18,800 for a Community Facilities Economic Impact Initiative grant to the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety to purchase a police vehicle in Oglala Lakota County.