REPORT: Arizona Native Communities and National Parks Would Benefit Greatly From Sinema Support for Build Back Better Act
Washington, D.C. — As the House-passed popular, and fully paid-for Build Back Better Act heads to the U.S. Senate, government watchdog Accountable.US released two new reports highlighting what’s at stake for Native communities in Arizona along with the national parks provisions in the bill. With Arizona being home to six national parks and the largest Native population of any state, Accountable.US broke down the $5.2 billion in investments for Native communities and $4.1 billion in investments for national parks outlined in the framework.
“Senator Sinema may never get this opportunity again to deliver a real chance at a better life for thousands of Native American children in Arizona. It makes no sense to squander this moment to vastly improve education and health care in the Native community because of complaints from a handful of wealthy special interests,” said Kyle Herrig, president of Accountable.US. “Rich corporations and billionaires don’t need any more special treatment, but the Native American community could benefit tremendously from a more level playing field – and Senator Sinema holds the key.”
Last month, Accountable.US released an analysis finding that Senator Sinema has taken nearly $1 million from anti-Build Back Better agenda corporate interests as of September 2021.
KEY FINDINGS FROM THE TWO REPORTS:
- Jonathan Nez, The President Of The Navajo Nation, Said “We Are Hoping The Build Back Better Initiative Will Cross The Finish Line”—Lena Fowler, A Diné Community Leader, Also Co-Wrote An Op-Ed Calling On Senator Sinema And Congress To Enact The Build Back Better Act.
- Over $2.34 billion for Native American health initiatives, including the Indian Health Service.
- Over $1.67 billion for Tribal housing, infrastructure, and community development.
- At least $485,600,000 for climate resilience, conservation, and drought relief specifically for Native American communities.
- $675 million just to the National Park Service, including:
- $25 million for historical conservation and preservation of parks, including Native American lands
- $50 million for National Heritage Area Partnerships, which utilize public-private partnerships for conservation, historical preservation, and education programs
- $500 million for hiring National Parks employees in the wake of “systemwide staffing shortages” that put visitors at risk.
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