By Lux Butler
Cronkite News 

Hopi leader tells panel financial hurdles put aid out of reach


Last updated 12/1/2023 at 9:08am

Lux Butler/Cronkite News

Hopi Chairman Timothy Nuvangyaoma testifies to the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, with committee chairman Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, shown on the screen behind him.

WASHINGTON-The chairman of the Hopi tribe told a Senate panel Wednesday that promises of federal funding remain just that-promises-for smaller tribes for whom the money is inaccessible because of bureaucratic and financial hurdles.

The remarks by Hopi Chairman Timothy Nuvangyaoma were part of a Senate Indian Affairs Committee roundtable on challenges tribes are facing in getting projects approved under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Inflation Reduction Act and others. Other tribal leaders from across the country shared similar frustrations.

Nuvangyaoma discussed how federal offici...

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