The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration has announced nearly $5 million in recent grant awards to eight tribal governments as part of the Coronavirus Relief and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act.
The funds will be used to support transit operations curing the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the tribes to receive the funds are the Navajo Nation. One and a half million dollars in CARES funds will be used to support transit within the Arizona portion of the Reservation and communities around Flagstaff. The San Carlos Apache Tribe received nearly two million dollars for preventive maintenance and support operations. And the White Mountain Apache Tribe will receive close to 800 thousand dollars to support Fort Apache Connection Transit operations. Other tribes and tribal organizations to receive funding are the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians in Arizona, Sitting Bull College in North Dakota, the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, the Santa Ana Pueblo in New Mexico and the Morongo Band of Mission Indians in California.