Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe gets $115,000 federal transit grant
FALLON, Nev. — The Department of Transportation last month announced it had awarded the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe a federal grant to support public transit services.
Nevada Sens. Jacky Rosen and Catherine Cortez Masto issued a Feb. 13 statement saying the $115,534 award will help the tribe initiate daily transit service, providing members access to work, healthcare and other services in rural Northern Nevada.
“Nevada’s many tribal communities deserve our support,” the senators said. “We will continue to work in Congress to fund much-needed transportation, health, and educational programs that benefit Nevada’s tribal communities.”
The Fallon Paiute-Shoshone Tribe award is one of several federal transit grants — 36 projects in 14 states, totaling $5 million — awarded in February for the second half of fiscal year 2018 to American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments to improve public transportation on tribal lands.
“These grants will help American Indian and Alaskan Native tribal governments provide transportation in rural areas to connect tribal residents with jobs, healthcare and other opportunities,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao said in a statement.
In all, the Department of Transportation received 50 proposals requesting $8.3 million from 47 tribes in 16 states.
In addition to the $5 million in competitive funding announced today, $30 million in formula funding is provided to tribes each fiscal year through the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.
Go to bit.ly/2CgkuP2 to view the full list of 36 projects funded this year.
AB264 was just one of eight Tribal-related bills that have either been signed into law this session, or were adopted by the Legislature and await Sisolak’s approval, highlighting one of the most successful legislative sessions in the history of Nevada in terms of Native American affairs.