Nov 15, 2021

For Immediate Release

November 15, 2021



Manu Tupper or Mike Inacay (Schatz) at


Schatz: HISTORIC Federal Actions Strengthen Commitment to Tribal Nations, Native Communities


$11B+ Headed to Native Communities After President Signs Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Into Law


White House Tribal Nations Summit Begins Today


WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai‘i), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement:


“Under a Democratic Congress and White House, the federal government continues to strengthen its commitment to Native communities across the country,” said Chairman Schatz. “From making historic investments – like the more than $11 billion to help Native communities build new and update existing infrastructure – to holding the first White House Tribal Nations Summit since 2016, we are taking decisive action to honor our trust and treaty responsibilities to Native communities.”


President Biden today signed a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure deal that includes at least $11 billion in estimated funding for Native communities. The bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which Schatz voted to pass in the Senate in August, will deliver targeted federal resources to advance deployment of infrastructure in Native communities. Schatz released a resource guide to help Native communities navigate infrastructure funding authorized by the bill.


Also today, the Biden-Harris administration began a White House Tribal Nations Summit to bolster the Nation-to-Nation relationship with sovereign Tribal Nations and map out plans to improve outcomes for Native Americans across Indian Country. The administration is announcing a number of new commitments during the Summit, including:


More information on actions taken by the Biden-Harris administration to empower Native communities is available here.