The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration on Tuesday announced $7.7 million in Tribal Transit Program grant awards to 25 tribal governments for projects to improve public transportation on tribal lands.
One of the grants will go to the the Chippewa Cree Tribe, who will receive $25,000 to develop a long-range transit master plan.
A news release from the DOT says the plan will help the tribe ensure continued transit services for tribal members traveling to jobs and essential services on the Rocky Boy's Indian Reservation and surrounding area.
The Tribal Transit Program makes funds available to federally recognized Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages, groups, or communities to support capital projects, operating costs, and planning activities for public transportation services on and around tribal lands.
“The Federal Transit Administration is committed to partnering with tribal residents to support their transportation needs,” said FTA Deputy Administrator K. Jane Williams. “We’re proud to invest in their transit systems which provide access to critical services, which is particularly important during the public health emergency.”
The Rocky Boy's Reservation, headquartered at Rocky Boy's Agency, encompasses approximately 122,000 acres. The reservation is home to 55% of the 6,177 enrolled Chippewa & Cree tribal members (source).