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PUBLISHED: 12:29 PM on Wednesday, August 31, 2005
ACF Awards $7.3 Million to Alaska Natives
Grants promote economic self-sufficiency and strengthen marriage

The Bush Administration granted $7.3 million to 13 Alaska Native organizations to promote economic self-sufficiency and strengthen healthy marriage. The announcement was made during site visits in Alaska last week by the Administration for Children and Families' Commissioner of the Administration for Native Americans, Quanah Crossland Stamps. Her trip is intended to strengthen partnerships to promote social and economic self-sufficiency for Native Americans.

"The Bush Administration values the vibrant cultural heritage of Native Americans in Alaska," said HHS Assistant Secretary for Children and Families Wade F. Horn. "By strengthening marriage and the well-being of Alaska's Native families, these grants not only keep that heritage alive but also ensure that more Alaska Natives will enter and stay in the economic mainstream."

The $7.3 million is over and above $3.9 million in grants to Alaska Natives for environmental enhancement, language preservation and social and economic development released during site visits by HHS Deputy Secretary Alex Azar and Horn earlier this month. ANA has also provided $37 million to Native American communities around the country this year in social and economic development, language preservation and environmental regulatory enhancement grants.

Today's awards to Alaska Natives include the following:

Alaska Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS) Grants

* $1,140,000 for three years to Chugachmiut;

* $378,199 for two years to the Organized Village of Kasaan;

* $244,221 for 17 months to the Native Village of Afognak;

* $1,068,935 for three years to the Central Council Tlingit Haida;

* $459,804 for 17 months to the Southeast Alaska Inter-Tribal Fish and Wildlife Commission;

* $77,500 for 17 months to the McGrath Native Village Council;

* $694,011 for three years to the Native Village of Port Graham;

* $198,007 for 17 months to the Spruce Island Development Corporation (SIDCO);

* $823,157 for three years to the Seldovia Village Tribe;

* $724,873 for three years to the Tatitlek Village IRA Council; and

* $356,233 for two years to the Chilkat Indian Village.

Alaska

* $437,390 for three years to Chugachimiut;

* $438,124 for three years to the Mount Sanford Tribal Consortium; and

* $269,064 for three years to the Shoonaq Tribe of Kodiak.


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