Interior Secretary Visits Tribes in Southern U.S.

Her tour highlighted the administration’s commitment to strengthening tribal communities.

Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland took a multi-day tour across Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama, where she engaged with various Tribes to underscore the commitment of President Biden’s administration to supporting Indigenous communities. During her trip, Secretary Haaland emphasized the Interior Department’s ongoing initiatives to promote equity, social justice, and historical preservation.

In Louisiana, she visited the Chitimacha Tribe, Coushatta Tribe, Tunica-Biloxi Tribe, and Jena Band of Choctaw Indians—learning about community infrastructure projects funded by the administration to support each Tribe. Notably, the Chitimacha Tribe received a $5 million grant through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for resilience infrastructure projects and a climate impact strategy.

Secretary Haaland’s visit to the Coushatta Tribe included interactions with the Tribe’s Youth Council and a tour of projects restoring lands, waters, and ecosystems. This supports the Indian Youth Service Corps, the partner-based program launched by Secretary Haaland to provide Indigenous youth with public service conservation opportunities. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Haaland as she promotes the preservation of Native American resources and history.
  • For Interior Department officials as they support indigenous infrastructure and community projects.
  • For tribal leaders as they implement federal aid and utilize funding wisely and efficiently.

Sources: Department of the Interior

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