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Minnesota tribal leaders seek flexibility in tapping federal infrastructure aid

 

From left, Bois Forte Band of Chippewa Chairwoman Cathy Chavers, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin and Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community Chairman Keith Anderson testified at a U.S. Senate field hearing in Prior Lake, Minnesota, on Tuesday, June 28, 2022 Tribal leaders are asking for flexibility around use of federal infrastructure aid set aside for tribes. Brian Bakst / MPR News

PRIOR LAKE, Minn. -- There's a saying in Indian Country that Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Chief Executive Melanie Benjamin used to frame up her remarks about the need for infrastructure improvements during a U.S. Senate field hearing in Prior Lake.

"You could tell where the reservation begins by where the pavement ends," she said. "We have a lot of catching up to do."

And Benjamin is hopeful that a line of money that has started to flow from Washington will provide that boost.

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