Red Lake Nation News - Babaamaajimowinan (Telling of news in different places)

U.S. citizens receive $26 per person in federal disaster aid. Tribal citizens get $3.


November 12, 2019

The Cold Creek Fire burned nearly 42,000 acres of sagebrush and grassland near Hanford in July - including on Rattlesnake Mountain. (Sheri Whitfield/U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)

In the past decade, more than 70 natural disasters have occurred on tribal lands, with some communities hit more than once a year. According to an analysis from the Center for Public Integrity, tribal nations were on average more vulnerable than the U.S. overall during the same period, based on measures such as unemployment and income. Yet, in the span of one year, they receive less than half of what the Department of Homeland Security grants states daily for recovery efforts. Data from the National Congress of American Indians show that U.S. citizens receive, on average, about $26 per person, per year, from the federal government, while tribal citizens receive approximately $3 per person, per year.


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