Boeing announces 1.3 mln USD to support indigenous communities in U.S.
The investment package includes $300,000 in grants for Southwest Tribal Nations to improve access to clean water, bridge the digital divide in education and provide better natural disaster response and preparation.
The package also includes $140,000 in grants in the Pacific Northwest and a $60,000 grant in Oklahoma supporting STEM education programs for students.
An additional $840,000 will fund future projects for Native American and Indigenous communities to be detailed at a later date.
"It is inspiring to see Boeing continue to make its commitment to help improve the lives of those they serve," said Gwendena Lee-Gatewood, chairwoman of the White Mountain Apache Tribe.
"The lack of clean running water on the Navajo Nation was dire before the pandemic hit," said Emma Robbins, Diné (Navajo) activist and director of the Navajo Water Project.
"Since time immemorial, Indigenous people have used science and technology to survive, to adapt, to create and to thrive," said Puget Sound Educational Service District NAEP Manager Jason LaFontaine (Turtle Mountain Chippewa). ■