NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – New Mexico tribes will receive $674,279 in grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation to fund tribal public transportation systems for their communities.
U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich along with U.S. State Representatives Ben Ray Lujan, Deb Haaland and Xochitl Torres Small made the announcement Monday.
The funds are part of the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act that the New Mexico delegation voted to pass in Congress last week. The grants are part of $2 billion in emergency supplemental funding for federal programs benefiting Indian tribes.
CARES Act also established an $8 billion Tribal Coronavirus Relief Fund to make sure Tribes have “one-stop” access to resources.
“Tribes have made it abundantly clear that the effects of COVID-19 on Indian Country will be devastating if they do not receive necessary public health, economic stabilization, and infrastructure resources. As Tribally-owned and operated