New Mexico tribes get funds for water improvements

Albuquerque, New Mexico (AP) June 2010

Four American Indian communities in New Mexico have been awarded nearly $4 million in federal grants to improve their water and wastewater systems.

The funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture was provided through a grant program created by Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., that supports projects in Indian communities.

Bingaman’s office says the senator requests funding be set aside every year to pay for basic water and wastewater systems, tribal colleges and business promotion in Indian Country.

Bingaman says without the grants announced this week, much-needed water system upgrades would not be possible.

The communities that have been awarded funds include the Navajo Nation’s Pueblo Pintado Chapter, Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, Jemez Pueblo and San Ildefonso Pueblo.