The Bureau of Reclamation announced that 26 Tribes in 12 states will receive $10.3 million through the Native American Affairs Technical Assistance to Tribes Program. This will help support Native American Tribes in their efforts to prepare for and mitigate the impacts of drought.
Reclamation's Native American Affairs Technical Assistance Program provides technical assistance to Native American Tribes to develop, manage, and protect their water and related resources. The program has supported a broad range of activities each year since its inception in the early 1990s. This year’s awards focus on assisting Tribes with enhanced drought preparedness, mitigating drought impacts, increasing the efficiency of water deliveries, increasing drought resiliency, and reducing reliance on declining water sources.
The Department of the Interior has made several investments to help mitigate effects of drought in the West. This includes a significant increase in funding for the Native American Affairs Technical Assistance Program to help Tribal communities affected by historic drought conditions increase water supply sustainability and drought resiliency.
“Water year 2022 was one of the most hydrologically challenging years to date. This funding will help facilitate partnerships with Tribes and Tribal organizations as they address severe and continued drought conditions affecting their critical water resources," said Commissioner Camille Calimlim Touton. “Reclamation is committed to partnering with Native American Tribes and Tribal nations on these important water resources issues."
The funding will be provided to tribes as grants or cooperative agreements. The projects selected are:
The Native American and International Affairs Office in the Commissioner's Office serves as the central coordination point for the Native American Affairs Program and lead for policy guidance for Native American issues in Reclamation.