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Haaland: 16 tribal water settlements will get $1.7 billion

Joe Biden, Deb Haaland
Posted at 6:43 PM, Feb 22, 2022
and last updated 2022-02-22 20:43:57-05

PHOENIX (AP) — The Biden administration will use $1.7 billion from the recently enacted federal infrastructure bill to fund 16 tribal water rights settlements.

U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced the funding Tuesday during a visit to Arizona.

The money will ensure that tribes get access to water they’ve been promised but have been unable to use because of a lack of funding for infrastructure to store and move it.

Access to reliable, clean water and basic sanitation facilities on tribal lands remains a challenge for hundreds of thousands of people.

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