July 15, 2009 (San Diego)--Congressman Bob Filner announced that the Campo Band of Kumeyaay Indians, along with six other Indian Tribes in California, will have improved access to vital water services through funds awarded from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, otherwise known as the stimulus bill.
“On tribal lands, 10 percent of homes lack access to safe drinking water compared to less than 1 percent of non-native homes,” said Congressman Bob Filner. “I am glad to announce that, in San Diego County, the Campo Band of Kumeyaay Indians will receive $753,100 for drinking water treatment.”
News of the awards came from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Indian Health Service (IHS). $90 million nationwide is being awarded for shovel-ready infrastructure projects designed to protect human health and environmental resources in Indian Country.
“This funding creates jobs for tribal members, addresses critical infrastructure needs, and increases access to drinking water and basic sanitation services,” said Congressman Filner. “By 2010, thousands of tribal homes in the Pacific Southwest are expected to receive piped drinking water or basic sanitation services for the first time.”
President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on February 17, 2009 and directed that the Act be implemented with transparency and accountability. The additional tribes in California receiving funding at this time include the Quechan Tribe, Tule River Indian Reservation, Round Valley Indian Tribes, Redwood Valley Rancheria of Pomo Indians, Grindstone Indian Rancheria of Wintun-Wailaki Indians of California, and Redding Rancheria.