Office of Native American Programs
2007 Success Stories
19, 2007 - White Eagle, Oklahoma: The Southern Plains Office of Native American
Programs is proud to be a part of the Grand Opening of the Clyde Warrior Memorial
Multi-Purpose Facility, an ICDBG-funded project, built on lands owned and occupied
by the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma. The
facility was built as a depiction of the tribe?s former roundhouse used for all
kinds of tribal activities in years gone by. The facility is named for Clyde Warrior,
a Ponca Indian activist who lived from 1939-1968 and was one of the founders of
the National Indian Youth Council. The multi-purpose building will house a library,
a media center including computers and videos, a multi-generational classroom,
a conference room, a kitchen, and private cubicles for meetings with individuals
and/or families. The facility is a key element of the strategic plan for the Ponca
Tribe to strengthen the ability of the Tribal government to provide for the safety,
health, social, cultural, and economic needsof its members.
18, 2007 - Red Rock, Oklahoma: Otoe Tribal Elder Activity Center - A ribbon
cutting ceremony was held to open the new Elder Activity Center on the Otoe-Missouria
tribal campus in Red Rock, Oklahoma. The facility was funded in part by an ICDBG
grant from the Southern Plains Office of Native American Programs. Tribal elders,
staff and tribal council members celebrated the opening of the long-awaited facility
which houses a spacious dining room, kitchen, multipurpose activity area, classroom,
meeting area and offices for senior program administration. The back porch is
covered and overlooks a very pretty pond area and is furnished with rocking chairs
for the elders to sit and enjoy the peacefulness. Senior programs include promoting
proper nutrition, socialization and respite services for the growing elderly population.
The San Carlos Apache Housing Authority in Arizona has
successfully implemented drug prevention activities to promote a safer environment
in its housing subdivisions. Revised policies require eviction of residents who
engage in illegal drug and gang related activity. Residents received training
on how to recognize illegal drug and gang related activity and are required to
sign a notice stating that they understand the housing authority's policies regarding
such behavior. Another successful measure was to hire a full-time security officer.
The security officer reviews complaints, coordinates with tribal police, and implements
crime prevention activities with youth, such as a cultural exchange program with
the Navajo Tribe. The Housing Authority also received a grant from the Boys and
Girls Club to carry out youth activities. These positive steps represent a commitment
both to the Indian housing programs and to the community members.
October 2006, the Navajo Nation Community Development Block Grant program held
ceremonies and dedicated a new 13,025 square-foot health care clinic in Tohajeelii,
New Mexico. The clinic was funded by HUD's ICDBG program, with matching funds
from the State of New Mexico, and USDA's Rural Development. The new clinic was
sorely needed in this rural community that faces high poverty and unemployment
Pyramid Lake Housing Authority in Nevada recently constructed 10 new units using
IHBG funds. The project consists of two, three-bedroom and eight, four-bedroom
homes. The units are larger in size to accommodate larger families.
Yupiit of Andreafski and the Algaaciq Native Village, two Alaska Native tribes,
combined Indian Community Development Block Grant funds with other leveraged sources
for the construction of a piped water and sewer system, which serves14 new homes
built with Indian Housing Block Grant funds. The communities' location on fragile
tundra and the health hazards associated with hauling water and human waste were
reasons that the community made development of piped water and sewer a priority.
The Lac du Flambeau Chippewa Community Wellness Center was completed in May 2006,
funded in part by an Indian Community Development Block Grant awarded in 2003.
The physical fitness facilities in the 20,392 square-foot building will serve
the low and moderate-income members of the Lac du Flambeau Band, located in Wisconsin.
Sokoagon Chippewa Tribe (WI) successfully completed a water and sewer project,
which included a $500,000 ICDBG award in FY 2003. The Tribe constructed a well
and pump house to supply the Mole Lake Reservation with water, and, installed:
6,464 LF of sewer force main; 2,893 LF of sewer service main; and, 2,538 LF of
sewer service line. Twenty-eight (28) homes were connected to sand filters; and,
434 LF of water force main and 586 LF of water service line were installed. Two
tribal program buildings and a church were connected to water. Some of the positive
outcomes are: the protection of Rice Lake and wild rice beds, a source of food
for Tribal Members; effectively treated wastewater; and, an improved community
water system making the drinking water more reliable and safer. The Total Project
In 2005, the Cuspes Park project ( pronounced "jus-bez) developed by the Pleasant
Point Reservation Housing Authority of the Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy Tribe
in Perry, ME was placed into service. The development consists of 28 new single-family
houses with garages and is the first Housing Authority housing to be financed
with Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) equity. In addition to the LIHTCs,
financing also includes loans from USDA Rural Development and HUD Title VI Loan
Guarantee Program and an Affordable Housing Program grant from the Federal Home
Loan Bank of Boston. Other partners supporting the project include the IHS, BIA
and EPA. All units are occupied by Pleasant Point Passamaquoddy families.
In 2005, the Squaxin Island Tribe in Washington financed the construction of 26
units of single-family and duplex housing in its Slocum Ridge Development. Anchor
Bank financed a $2,184,000 loan, secured by a Title VI guarantee, and the State
of Washington provided a $425,000 grant.
In April 2006, the
Northwestern Band of Shoshone Housing Authority celebrated the completion of Project
So-So-Goi (Those Who Walk) Meadows. The housing project includes 10, low-rent
units. Funding came from the Indian Housing Block Grant Program, Utah's Rural
Collaborative, NWB Economic Development Corporation, the Enterprise Foundation,
HUD HOME funds, the Indian Community Development Block Grant program and the Federal
Home Loan Bank of Utah.
In 2006, the Nez Perce Tribe in Idaho
opened a new subdivision on its reservation, Sundown Estates. Nez Perce Tribal
Housing used a Section 184 guaranteed loan for construction of the 20-unit subdivision.
The Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma held a grand opening for a Learning Center
funded partially with Indian Community Development Block Grant funds in May 2006.
The Chippewa Cree in 2006 opened a new Wellness Center on the Rocky Boy's reservation
in Montana. The Center was constructed with funds from several entities, including
the Indian Health Service and the Indian Community Development Block Grant program.
The state-of-the-art facility contains a wide variety of exercise equipment, an
Olympic-sized swimming pool, and a double basketball court. The Tribe was proud
to create a facility where families can play and get fit together.
In 2006, the Sisseton-Wahpeton Tribe completed a 10,000-square-foot Tribal Health
Fitness Center funded largely with an Indian Community Development Block Grant
awarded in 2003. This facility houses the Tribal Diabetes Prevention and Treatment
Program. The primary beneficiaries of the new facility are low- to moderate-income
tribal members with diabetes (approximately 600). Activities planned for the facility
include a wide range of physical fitness activities, dietary training and health/fitness
On the Hawaiian island of Oahu, 33 single-family
homes for low-income Native Hawaiians were constructed with assistance from the
Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant. Housing construction employed the self-help
method, whereby low-income Native Hawaiians received credit towards the purchase
price of their homes through sweat equity contributions. Homebuyers realized a
savings of at least 40 percent through this program.