Merkley, Wyden Announce Grant to Improve Living Conditions for Oregon Tribes
The Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians Will Receive Funds for a New Water Distribution System
Washington, DC - Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has awarded $562,000 to the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians. The funds will be used to install a new water distribution system at Coos Head, a 43 acre site where the new Tribal Headquarters will soon be located.
"For far too long Tribes in rural Oregon have not had access to adequate sanitation systems and clean water. This grant will help make sure that residents at the Tribal Headquarters at Coos Head have a higher quality of life and better living conditions," said Merkley.
"All Americans deserve clean water and a safe and modern system to distribute it," Wyden said. "This grant will make sure that the Tribes in rural Oregon have that most basic of necessities to improve the health and sanitation for residents at their new Tribal headquarters."
USDA Rural Development helps improve the quality of life for rural Americans by promoting economic development, community empowerment and providing technical assistance. The funds used to build the new water distribution system at Coos Head will ensure that Tribes' members have access to clean water and a proper sanitation system. The upgrade will also help the Tribes provide living quarters for the elderly and other members of the Tribes.