Umatilla Indian Reservation Receives $81,000 in Federal Economic Development Funds | News

WASHINGTON, D.C-The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation will receive $81,060 in federal economic development funding.

“This tribe is so blessed to receive this grant and begin the journey toward food sovereignty and security.” said Jonetta Herrera, assistant manager of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation.

The financing comes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development and is used to develop a strategic plan Tribal agriculture and food business, food sovereignty and job creation are growing on the reservation, according to a Senate press release.

Oregon Senators Ron Wyden (D) and Jeff Merkley (D) issued the following responses to the funding on September 19:

“I know firsthand from my town hall on the reservation this year and from conversations with tribal officials how hard they are working to create jobs and economic growth for all of their members,” said Senator Wyden. “This federal investment supports that work, creating jobs in the community while helping to reverse a shameful history of federal neglect and injustice.”

“The efforts of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation to strengthen their food sovereignty are important.”said Senator Merkley. “This funding will support the economy of the Umatilla Reservation and the surrounding community through expanded grocery stores and job creation.”