Prior to 1986, when San Manuel introduced its first gaming facility, dirt roads snaked across the Tribe’s small, mountainous land base in Southern California. Five HUD homes stood on the reservation, and they were “just a square box,” Chairwoman Lynn Valbuena said.
Infrastructure is a topic Indian Country is well aware of, yet it rarely receives the attention it deserves. March 2019 marks our first infrastructure-focused issue of Native Business Magazine, and our fourth issue to date.
In addition to employing a homegrown force, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe is using a combination of tribal loans and nonprogram income to build homes with eco-friendly blocks made of 87 percent recycled items.
The Salish and Kootenai tribes of the Flathead Reservation in Montana have surpassed the national homeownership rate of 64.3 percent. Between 70-75 percent of Flathead Reservation residents are homeowners — an astonishing feat for any community in the U.S.
Residents of reservations in South and North Dakota will benefit from million-dollar mortgage funds from partnerships between two Native Community Development Financial Institutions and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.