Red Cliff Band Receives Funding for Economic Development

Brandon Weathers
Created: August 09, 2019 05:40 PM

The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians was awarded $543,140 to improve and expand their fishing dock and repair the road leading to it.

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The funding comes from a Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant with awarded $63 million to 85 different tribal communities across the country to support community development.

Senator Tammy Baldwin said, "This is something that focuses on stewardship of our water resources, our fisheries in the Great Lakes, and provides more economic opportunities for tribal members and others."

The Red Cliff Band economy relies heavily on fishing, and Tribal Chair Rick Peterson said their economy has suffered in recent years. "The last several years have really been tough for our commercial fisherman," Peterson said, "With the help of this grant, we're now going to be able to better exercise our treaty rights, which in turn will help our commercial fisherman better take care of their families and this community."

The Red Cliff Band received a previous grant that will allow them to build a new fish processing facility near the dock. The two projects together will ultimately expand job opportunities for the community.


Brandon Weathers

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