HUD Gives Taxpayer Funds to Rich Indian Tribes

By:  Bob Adelmann
05/07/2012
       
HUD Gives Taxpayer Funds to Rich Indian Tribes

Last week HUD announced grants of $54 million to indian tribes for projects those tribes could afford from their casino profits.

 

Last week HUD announced grants of $54 million to indian tribes for projects those tribes could afford from their casino profits.

Last week the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced its giveaway of taxpayer monies — calling them “competitive grants” — in the amount of $56 million to “tribal communities” around the country, saying that the funds will be used to “develop viable communities including rehabilitating housing or building new homes or to purchase land to support new housing construction.”

HUD added that this free taxpayer money:

can also be used [by the tribes] to build infrastructure such as roads, water and sewer facilities…

[The tribes may] use the grants to establish commercial, industrial and agricultural projects … including shopping centers, manufacturing plants, restaurants or convenience stores and gas stations.

In Wisconsin four separate grants, $600,000 each, were given to the Ho-Chunk Nation, the Lac du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians, the Saint Croix Tribe of Chippewa Indians, and the Oneida Tribe of Indians. Each tribe had to compete to get a place at the federal trough, coming up with various ways to spend the free money headed their way. These “competitive” grants were then given to the tribes that dreamed up the most outrageous ways of spending the money.

For instance, the Ho-Chunk Nation is going to buy and install solar panels on low-income houses and apartments in its Sandpillow Village in order to “decrease resident energy costs,” by an estimated $30 a month. This will also, according to the Ho-Chunks, result in a “decrease in emissions load” due to the energy savings. If nothing, the Ho-Chunks have learned the “green-speak” language in its winning bid.

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