Sinema spoke with Tribal leaders about how her Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Law addresses key priorities
Sinema recommitted her support of the Violence Against Women Act
WASHINGTON – Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema hosted a virtual roundtable discussion with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community to discuss the historic investments her bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs law makes in expanding jobs and opportunities in tribal communities across Arizona.
“Our bipartisan infrastructure law makes historic investments in tribal communities across Arizona. We’re making sure the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community – and Tribal governments across our state – get their fair share of funding and can begin repairing roads and bridges, expanding broadband access, upgrading electrical grids, and strengthening and securing water systems,” said Sinema.
The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) is a sovereign Tribe home to over 10,000 members in Northeast Phoenix. During the discussion, Sinema pointed to specific tribal infrastructure and jobs funding she secured in her bipartisan law, and answered questions about funding implementation.
Tribal communities in Arizona will directly benefit from Sinema’s bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Law, with significant investments in critical transportation and water 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.
Sinema also underscored her support for the Violence Against Women Act, which was recently reintroduced in the U.S. Senate. One of Sinema’s first victories in Congress was leading the successful fight to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. Working with members of both parties, she ensured the renewal included provisions that gave tribal governments new tools to protect women.
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