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Posts tagged: Pueblo

First Ever Native American Food Hub Created in New Mexico

  USDA Rural Development New Mexico State Director Terry Brunner (center) presents a certificate of obligation to the Ten Southern Pueblo Council Governors and representatives during ceremonies to celebrate the successful application of funds creating the first ever Native American Food Hub in the nation. (USDA Photo)

USDA Rural Development New Mexico State Director Terry Brunner (center) presents a certificate of obligation to the Ten Southern Pueblo Council Governors and representatives during ceremonies to celebrate the successful application of funds creating the first ever Native American Food Hub in the nation. (USDA Photo)

The air was crisp and cold as the wind blew across Sandia Pueblo in mid-December.  But, the atmosphere among the Ten Southern Pueblo Governor’s Council was warm and jovial.

Why? Because, the Governors were celebrating the obligation of a USDA Rural Development funded study that creates the first ever Native American Food Hub in the nation. Read more »

Santo Domingo Pueblo Tackles Drought with NRCS Help

A healthy alfalfa field in the Santo Domingo Pueblo as a result of improved soil health and a new irrigation system.

A healthy alfalfa field in the Santo Domingo Pueblo as a result of improved soil health and a new irrigation system.

Just off the Rio Grande River, between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, N.M., sits Santo Domingo Pueblo, a community surrounded by fields of alfalfa, oats and Sudan grass for horses and cattle, and small gardens filled with corn and green chili peppers.

But this green idyll is in danger of drying out. Over the past few years, New Mexico has been struggling through one of the worst droughts in recorded history. Little rain and a dwindling river have threatened many of the Pueblo’s fields and gardens. Read more »

Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan Tours Community Center, Meets with Workers

A warm winter day greeted USDA Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan as she visited the high desert community of Acoma Pueblo in New Mexico.

Chandler Sanchez the Governor of Acoma Pueblo gave the Deputy Secretary a personal tour of the new $12-million dollar community center which is currently under construction.

Donning a hard hat Deputy Secretary Merrigan saw firsthand the progress of the construction.  The facility is scheduled to be completed later this summer.

The financing for this project was made available through Recovery Act funds in the amount of an $11,409,600 loan and a $500,000 grant, through USDA Rural Development’s Community Facility (CF) program.

The 50,000 square foot facility will be a multi-purpose center which will include a gymnasium, a wellness center and the Pueblo’s council chambers along with offices for support activities which will serve the 5,000 residents of Acoma Pueblo.

Governor Sanchez described in detail to the Deputy Secretary how USDA Rural Development and the Recovery Act has been instrumental in providing funds for much needed projects, projects which create jobs at the Pueblo.  The latest project is a new wastewater treatment plant that was just dedicated in December.

The newest project made possible by Rural Development and the Recovery Act is a Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) in the amount of $500,000 to pay for the infrastructure of a new manufacturing facility.

Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan and Governor Chandler Sanchez (right) touring the new community center
Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan and Governor Chandler Sanchez (right) touring the new community center

For more information about this project and USDA’s Recovery Act efforts go to http://www.usda.gov/recovery.  Log on to USDA’s YouTube channel to view additional ARRA project highlights, videos are available at here.