Several tribes in western Washington will receive federal funding to prepare for floods and heat waves


More than $10 million in funding from President Biden’s infrastructure bill will go to tribes in western Washington.

WASHINGTON, United States — Five tribes in western Washington will receive federal funding to help them prepare for the impacts of climate change, such as flooding and heat waves.

The funding will come from President Biden’s infrastructure bill. Western Washington Tribes will receive nearly a quarter of the $45 million awarded to tribes in the county.

The funds will support tribal organizations in adaptation planning, climate implementation actions, ocean and coastal management planning, capacity building, relocation, managed retirement and recovery planning. on-site protection against climatic risks.

Port Gamble S’Klallam is receiving more than $2 million to relocate people who live along the water to new homes on higher ground. The Makah Indian Tribe will receive $2 million to move a health center above sea level.

Washington’s Tulalip Tribes will receive more than $1.7 million and the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe will receive more than $1 million to prepare for extreme heat, drought and flood conditions.

The Quinault Indian Nation has already planned to build another 150 homes on higher ground about half a mile from the beach, which is enough for all the families and the approximately 660 residents who currently live near the beach.

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“The moving project is vital to our existence here,” said Ryan Hendricks, who is leading the construction of 59 homes in the hills above the coastal village.

Tsunami hazards have always been a concern, Hendricks said, but recently winter storms brought floodwaters to the village, despite a seawall between the beach and homes.

The Quinault Indian Nation used $10 million of tribal funds to build the Generations Building on higher ground last year.

It houses a day care center, a facility for the elderly, and an area that can be used as a potential tsunami shelter.

Federal funding from the US bailout is going toward infrastructure for new housing development.

The bipartisan Infrastructure Act provides a total of $466 million to the Bureau of Indian Affairs over five years, including $216 million for climate resilience programs.


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