There are two tribes in the state of Oregon that will receive funding from the USDA for sustainable development purposes.
The Department of Agriculture gave out approximately $3.2 million dollars to a total of 27 projects in the past week. The Tribes of Warm Springs and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde received the funding under the Enterprise Grant Program which assists a variety of rural and small businesses. The State Director of the USDA Rural Development states that the grants given out by the USDA is a step forward in:
- Strengthening Native American businesses
- Supporting Sustainable Development in the future
- Creating more jobs in the state of Oregon
The Warm Springs Tribe will receive approximately $30,000 dollars which will ultimately be utilized for a particular feasibility study that focuses on commercial processing and the freezing of foods such as mushrooms, salmon and elk. By implementing the project, the Warm Springs Tribe plans to reduce the waste associated with harvested food while maximizing the enhancement of particular natural resources for economic development purposes. The project implemented by the Warm Springs Tribe is also expected to generate 15 brand new jobs.
The Grande Ronde Confederated Tribe will also receive approximately $30,000 dollars which will ultimately be used for an online marketplace. The marketplace will consist of jewelry, basketry and traditional types of clothing. There will also be a physical marketplace which will consist of cultural center space. 3 brand new jobs are expected to be created due to the project while artisan income increases almost 25 percent. The Indian Economic Development Corporation is also expected to receive approximately $78,000 dollars which will be utilized to assist a variety of Native American seafood businesses in the states of Washington and California.
Overall, the two Indian tribes are going to make advancements in sustainable development for the state of Oregon.