Senator spoke with Navajo leaders and community members about how her bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law addresses key priorities for Arizona’s tribal communities
FLAGSTAFF – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema hosted a roundtable with Navajo Nation leaders and community members to discuss the historic investments her bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law makes in expanding jobs and opportunities in tribal communities across Arizona.
“I’m proud to count Navajo Nation Council Speaker Seth Damon and the entire Navajo Nation as key partners as we focus on implementing our historic infrastructure funds. From repairing roads and bridges, to expanding broadband, and strengthening water security, our law’s investments will fuel opportunities for the Navajo Nation while respecting tribal sovereignty,” said Sinema, co-author and lead negotiator of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law.
During the meeting, Sinema pledged to continue working with Tribal leaders and communities on the ground to ensure her infrastructure law is implemented efficiently and effectively, and that they receive every dollar of funding they’re due.
Tribal communities in Arizona will see major improvements from Sinema’s bipartisan infrastructure law, with significant investments in critical transportation and water infrastructure, energy production and grid resiliency infrastructure, broadband deployment, and security programs – creating jobs and expanding economic opportunity while respecting tribal sovereignty.
Specifically, the law provides $3.5 billion for tribal water and sanitation infrastructure and resiliency, $2 billion to expand high-speed broadband in tribal communities, and $2.5 billion in funding to complete all currently-authorized Indian Water Rights Settlements – including building out the infrastructure needed for the Southern Arizona Indian Water Rights Settlement with the Tohono O’odham Nation, completing the Gila River Indian Community Water Rights Settlement, and funding the White Mountain Apache Tribe’s Water Rights Settlement.
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