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Arizona projects get sizeable cut of Great American Outdoors Act funds


November 12, 2021

Students attend the reopening of the Santa Rosa Ranch School, a Bureau of Indian Education facility located on the Tohono O'odham Nation in Arizona, on March 25, 2019. The school is line for additional funding as a result of the Great American Outdoors Act. Photo: Office of Public Affairs – Indian Affairs

WASHINGTON – Arizona projects got $110 million last year and will get another $159 million in the fiscal year that started this month, or more than 9% of all funding nationally under the Great American Outdoors Act for those two years.

The money, dedicated largely to national parks but also to federal lands and tribal schools, has been welcomed by tourism and environmental groups, who said it is long overdue.

"The National Park Service has been underfunded over the years," said Kevin Dahl, senior program manager for Arizona in the National Parks Conservation Association's Southwest region.


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