indianz.com your internet resource indianz.com on facebook indianz.com on twitter indianz.com on Google+
ph: 202 630 8439   fax: 202 318 2182
Fredericks Peebles & Morgan LLP
Advertise on Indianz.Com
Home > News > Headlines

printer friendly version
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe signs $26.5M road deal
Tuesday, February 24, 2004

North Dakota Congressman Earl Pomeroy on Monday announced that the Bureau of Indian Affairs has signed a project agreement that will enable the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe to access up to $26.5 million to construct new community streets and roads on the reservation.

Pomeroy, a Democrat, said the innovative advance construction agreement will be the first of its kind in the country and could be a breakthrough in funding transportation projects on reservations nationwide.

"This agreement is going to go a long way towards helping Standing Rock meet its transportation needs," Pomeroy said. "For too long, tribes have been forced to fund projects in a piecemeal fashion and this changes that for Standing Rock. This victory is a credit to the tribe and its leadership who have fought for this agreement for so long."

Transportation projects on reservations are funded through the Indian Reservation Roads (IRR) program. Under current BIA regulations, tribes are forced to wait until annual appropriations dollars are secured before moving forward with construction on transportation projects. This can cause multiple stops in funding and delays in construction.

Pomeroy, working with tribal leaders, urged the BIA to reach an agreement with the tribe to make it much easier to fund the construction of IRR transportation projects on Standing Rock. Under the new agreement, the tribe will be able to leverage federal funds, tribal dollars, and a portion of the tribe's IRR program funds to secure and repay a private commercial loan to finance road construction projects on Standing Rock.

The tribe is eligible to secure up to $26.5 million in private financing under this agreement which will be used to complete the Bullhead East/Community Streets Project, including the communities of Fort Yates, Cannon Ball, and Porcupine.

Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Charles W. Murphy praised the Congressman for his efforts: "The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe is most appreciative to Congressman Pomeroy for the assistance he provided us to reach this historic agreement with the BIA on this innovative advance construction agreement. We have safer streets thanks to his efforts."

If the new financing project is successful, the agreement could be a potential breakthrough in the way tribal transportation projects are funded.

"This new agreement is the way the BIA should be doing business with tribes when it comes to funding transportation projects," Pomeroy added. "Reservation roads are in dire need of repair, and this arrangement is the best way to complete these projects quickly."

There are 56,000 miles of roads on the Indian Reservation Road system. The BIA has acknowledged that there is a backlog of construction on the IRR system in excess of $10 billion

Get the Bill:
S.1072 (Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act of 2003)

Relevant Links:
TEA-21 Reauthorization - http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/reauthorization
Tribal Transportation, DOT - http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/environment/natvamrc/index.htm

Related Stories:
Tribes lobby for more funds in transportation bill (2/19)
Senate approves $318B highway transportation bill (02/13)
Domenici cites spending hike for reservation roads (2/12)
Senate committee approves reservation roads bill (06/27)
Editorial: Congress needs to fund reservation roads (06/05)
Senate committee to take up reservation roads (6/3)
BIA delaying distribution of federal road money (05/30)
Alaska's Young wants $375B for transportation (05/16)
New federal highway funds bill introduced (05/15)
Advocates seek boost for Indian Country roads (03/28)
Rahall: The Indian agenda in the 108th Congress (01/08)
State disputes 'illegal jurisdiction' of tribe (10/10)
Bill to double reservation road funds (09/24)
Federal appeals court affirms tribal authority (8/15)
McCaleb tussles with tribal leaders over roads (11/8)

Copyright 2000-2004 Indianz.Com
More headlines...
Local Links:
Federal Register | Indian Gaming | Jobs & Notices | In The Hoop | Message Board
Latest News:
Native Sun News: Oglala Sioux Tribe battles uranium mine (4/18)
Clara Caufield: BIA audits Northern Cheyenne police force (4/18)
10th Circuit affirms conviction for murder of Arapaho man (4/18)
Jay Daniels: Cobell settlement was flawed from beginning (4/18)
Dwanna Robertson: Muscogee Nation returns to homeland (4/18)
Peter d'Errico: Washington team makes colonial invasion (4/18)
Northern Arapaho Tribe receives $157M trust settlement (4/18)
Agua Caliente Band leaseholders seek $7M in tax refunds (4/18)
Oneida Nation sends $11M to county as part of settlement (4/18)
JPR: Klamath Tribes want Congress to approve water deal (4/18)
Judge dismisses Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe election suit (4/18)
ASU News: Navajo students enjoy learning their language (4/18)
Former NFL player jailed for DUI on Salt River Reservation (4/18)
BIA advances off-reservation casino projects in California (4/18)
Tunica-Biloxi Tribe reportedly operating casino at net loss (4/18)
Cherokee Nation to break ground on new hotel with casino (4/18)
Shoshone-Bannock Tribes not planing to offer poker games (4/18)
Arizona tribes close to $1B mark in gaming revenue sharing (4/18)
Group opposes Catawba Nation casino bid in North Carolina (4/18)
Native Sun News: Guilty verdict in death of Lower Brule boy (4/17)
Native Sun News: Paper brings home four first place awards (4/17)
Doug George-Kanentiio: Governor carries on divisive tactics (4/17)
Navajo president criticizes NIGA for withdrawing from event (4/17)
Crystal Willcuts: NFL trickster speaks with a crooked tongue (4/17)
Opinion: NFL team owner flashes money to defend racial slur (4/17)
Ten reservations account for biggest share of Cobell buyback (4/17)
Rosebud Sioux Tribe opposes megaloads through reservation (4/17)
Indian artists seek more control over popular annual market (4/17)
Panel to look into death of pregnant Indian woman in Mexico (4/17)
Lynn Valbuena returns to chairman post at San Manuel Band (4/17)
Yale University museum accused of stealing Tlingit artifacts (4/17)
Navajo Nation Council speaker still on leave amid court fight (4/17)
BIA asked to invalidate Shinnecock Nation's new constitution (4/17)
Onondaga Nation is negotiations over tobacco taxation issue (4/17)
Sen. Warren addresses Native American controversy in book (4/17)
Race relations council looking to boost efforts in border town (4/17)
Opinion: Federal recognition for Virginia tribes long overdue (4/17)
Opinion: University must eventually eliminate Ute nickname (4/17)
Appeals court in Canada rules for Metis in Indian status caes (4/17)
9th Circuit hears dispute over Redding Rancheria gaming site (4/17)
Coeur d'Alene Tribe set to launch new poker games on May 2 (4/17)
Judge hears arguments in lawsuit against Jamul Band casino (4/17)
Opinion: Poarch Creeks qualify for Class III gaming in Florida (4/17)
Opinion: Gaming interests prepare for next attack on Florida (4/17)
Native Sun News: Little Shell Tribe gets closer to recognition (4/16)
Native Sun News: Pine Ridge fighter prepares for next match (4/16)
Letter from Cobell attorneys on second settlement payment (4/16)
Cobell settlement administrator responds to payment delay (4/16)
Secretary Jewell to deliver commencement address at SIPI (4/16)
more headlines...

Home | Arts & Entertainment | Business | Canada | Cobell Lawsuit | Education | Environment | Federal Recognition | Forum | Health | Humor | Indian Gaming | Indian Trust | Jack Abramoff Scandal | Jobs & Notices | Law | National | News | Opinion | Politics | Sports | Technology | World

Indianz.Com Terms of Service | Indianz.Com Privacy Policy
About Indianz.Com | Advertise on Indianz.Com

Indianz.Com is a product of Noble Savage Media, LLC and Ho-Chunk, Inc.