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Confederated Salish, Kootenai Tribes awarded millions in grants

Grants to be used for critical restoration, conservation, preservation initiatives across reservation

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PABLO — The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes are pleased to announce various successful grant awards that focus on efforts for restoration, conservation and preservation of homelands across the Flathead Indian Reservation.

“The initiatives reflected in these grant awards are areas of focus for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes,” said CSKT Chairman Tom McDonald. “We continue to work towards the restoration, conservation and preservation of our homelands to support our community, wildlife, water and landscapes.  These grants and partnerships help us strengthen efforts and we are pleased to have the support and increased resources that help us maintain what we value for our future generations.”

$3.5 million - America the Beautiful Challenge (ATBC)

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) joined its public partners this week in announcing $141.3 million in total grant allocations through the America the Beautiful Challenge (ATBC). The 74 new grants will support landscape-scale conservation projects across 46 States, three U.S. Territories, and 21 Tribal and Native Nations. 

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, along with partners in the Crown of the Continent, submitted and were selected for a project titled Bio-Cultural Restoration within the Crown of the Continent (MT).  The $3.5 million dollar award will be used to develop Landscape Conservation Design collaborative strategies for 16 landscape features and invasive plant risk assessments; restore whitebark pine; and engage with the community to develop and monitor collaborative actions. Projects will include funding for forage management on the Tribe’s bison range; reconnecting resources and cultural practices; recovering functioning systems that support First Foods and ceremonial species; improving ecological connectivity; and growing a trained conservation workforce.  

ATBC grants support projects that conserve, restore and connect habitats for wildlife while improving community resilience and access to nature. The America the Beautiful Challenge (ATBC) is a partnership between the Department of the Interior (though the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service), the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Natural Resources Conservation Service and the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Department of Defense, Native Americans in Philanthropy and NFWF.  The competitive grant awards were made possible with funding from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, Inflation Reduction Act, other federal conservation programs and private sources.

In a secondary ATBC award, CSKT in partnership with Fish, Wildlife and Parks, received additional funding for a predator control initiative. 

$1.02 million - Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling (SWIFR)

This week, in conjunction with America Recycles Day, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced nine selectees to receive more than $9.2 million in Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling (SWIFR) grants for Tribes and Recycling Education and Outreach (REO) grants

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Natural Resources Department Environmental Protection has been selected to receive $1,023,748 to identify end-markets and expand materials management infrastructure. These objectives will be achieved by expanding existing recycling programs; establishing five new recycling collection facilities; purchasing equipment; and researching end-markers and community partnerships for previously unrecycled materials. These activities will encourage and expand recycling activities to reduce community blight and potential health and environmental contamination associated with illegal dump sites. 

$1.6 million - Columbia River Basin Restoration Funding Assistance Program

The Tribes NRD Division of Environmental Protection recently was awarded $1.6 million dollars in an EPA funded Columbia River Basin Restoration Funding Assistance Program, to work with local partners for the Investigation and risk assessment of residential septic systems distribution on the Flathead Indian Reservation. 

$904,300 - Environmental Protection Agency for Swimmer’s Itch Reduction

Through an EPA Environmental Justice Program of the Biden-Harris Administration’s Justice40 Initiative, the Tribes will receive approximately $904,300 to support health projects to reduce the incidence of cercarial dermatitis (swimmer’s itch) in vulnerable populations around Flathead Lake on the Reservation in Western Montana. The project will develop local partnerships; install rinse stations and outdoor message boards at five public-use beaches; deliver public education and outreach about the parasite and how best to avoid impacts; and install community-designed artworks at the rinse stations. 

$143,000 - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for Bison Herbivory and Interactions

The CSKT Natural Resource Department Wildlife Management Program was awarded $143,000 at the end of October for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Tribal Wildlife Grant Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23 TWG) for a project entitled: Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Investigating Patterns of Bison Herbivory and Interactions.  The project will investigate bison movements around the bison range and investigate plants they eat and forage condition.  

$30.5 million - Federal Highway Administration to Update and Rehabilitate US 93

Last summer The CSKT NRD Roads Program was awarded $30,567,037 to update and rehabilitate U.S. Highway 93 from Dublin Gulch Road to Gunlock Road, as part of the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) National Significant Federal Lands and Tribal Projects (NSFLTP) program. 


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