Monday, Jan 30 2012 2:12PM
NCAI President Jefferson Keel stated additional government funding for Natives nationwide could help finance renewable energy projects.
National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) President Jefferson Keel recently gave his State of Indian Nations Address, during which he discussed various topics regarding Native Americans, including issues facing tribes in 2012.
One of the requests Keel made in his speech to better tribes nationwide this year is for Congress to increase funding for projects to be conducted in Native American communities.
"We are well aware of the budget challenges our nation faces," said Keel. "We live in Indian Country. We know all about doing more with less. We urge Congress to stand up for the relatively small piece of the federal budget that belongs to tribal nations and our citizens."
Keel added that initiatives accomplished with additional government grants could help improve local economies through job creation, implement renewable energy sources at tribes and protect tribal lands.
Following Keel's address, some lawmakers voiced their support for Native American communities and stated they intend to help improve tribes this year. One of these legislators was Hawaii Senator Daniel Akaka, who said he will work to help tribes develop a working relationship with the government.
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