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Santa Clara Pueblo waits on federal funds a year after major blaze

Sen. Tom Udall (far right) speaks with Kris Schafer (far left), Army Corps of Engineers, and Santa Clara Gov. Walter Dasheno (middle). Photo Courtesy Santa Clara Pueblo.

Officials in Santa Clara Pueblo in New Mexico are still waiting on federal funds after a major fire burned 16,000 acres of the reservation a year ago.

The tribe needs about $39 million to repair damaged roads and water structures and to address flooding and erosion. But so far, only a small portion has been provided.

“We’ve been promised $39 million in federal funding, but just got the first check of about $400,000 this past Monday. We need that money to prevent more destruction," Gov. Walter Dasheno said in a press release.

Dasheno said Sen. Tom Udall (D-New Mexico) has been helpful in dealing with federal agencies. Udall visited the reservation on Saturday to see the damage from the Los Conchas Fire.

Get the Story:
Santa Clara Pueblo still awaiting FEMA money for flood recovery (The Santa Fe New Mexican 7/8)
Floods worry pueblo in Las Conchas burn scar (KOB-TV 7/8)

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