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16 Oklahoma Tribes Receive HUD Development Grants

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro is interviewed by Texas Tribune CEO and Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith on Oct. 18, 2015.
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U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro is interviewed by Texas Tribune CEO and Editor-in-Chief Evan Smith on Oct. 18, 2015."

Late last week the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded $55 million in Indian Community Development Block Grants to 75 Native American communities across the country.

Sixteen Oklahoma tribes received $11.8 million dollars for housing, infrastructure, and other construction projects. 14 of the tribes received roughly $800,000.

The Cherokee Nation will use its grant to rehabilitate approximately 40 housing units for the elderly and handicapped individuals. There are about 120 applicants currently on the waiting list.

The Chickasaw Nation will spend $800,000 to build an early childhood education center, and the Seminole Nation will use its award to create a tribal Veterans Affairs Department. The facility would provide a central location for Native veterans to access services.

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation will provide small business loans to at least 10 Native-owned businesses, and the Quapaw Tribe will build a meat processing plant in northeast Oklahoma.

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Brian Hardzinski is from Flower Mound, Texas and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He began his career at KGOU as a student intern, joining KGOU full time in 2009 as Operations and Public Service Announcement Director. He began regularly hosting Morning Edition in 2014, and became the station's first Digital News Editor in 2015-16. Brian’s work at KGOU has been honored by Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI), the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters, and local and regional chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists. Brian enjoys competing in triathlons, distance running, playing tennis, and entertaining his rambunctious Boston Terrier, Bucky.
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