U.S. Indigenous Communities To Receive $46M for Climate Resilience

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Indigenous communities in the U.S. are set to receive $46 million in climate resilience funding. The Department of Interior announced on April 11, 2022, that funds made available in President Joe Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law would be used to fund projects and initiatives to bolster climate resilience and adaptation, as well as replace infrastructure and provide support for relocation and adaption.

Rising temperatures, melting sea ice, and thawing permafrost have affected many Indigenous communities within the U.S..

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland said in a press release, “As the effects of climate change continue to intensify, Indigenous communities are facing unique climate-related challenges that pose existential threats to Tribal economies, infrastructure, lives and livelihoods. Coastal communities are facing flooding, erosion, permafrost subsidence, sea level rise, and storm surges, while inland communities are facing worsening drought and extreme heat.”