Historic Native American Initiaitve


"We're in the midst of the longest, strongest period of economic growth in our history. There is no better time than now to make sure Indian country has the tools to succeed in the new economy."

President Bill Clinton
Friday, February 25, 2000

Today at the White House, President Clinton, joined by tribal and Congressional leaders, called for passage of his $9.4 billion Native American FY2001 budget initiative. The initiative calls for an increase in funding of $1.2 billion over FY 2000 the largest increase ever. Prior to the President's statement, tribal leaders met with senior Administration officials to discuss the initiative, which recognizes that the entire federal government has a trust responsibility for Native American tribes. Accordingly, it provides funding across many agencies, rather than simply at the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Department of Health and Human Services' Indian Health Service, both of which traditionally have provided the bulk of funding for Native American communities.

President Clinton's Native American FY2001 budget initiative makes critical investments in education, health care, law enforcement, infrastructure, and economic development in Indian Country. Highlights of the initiative include:

Educational Opportunities, School Construction and Repair

Community Empowerment, New Markets and Digital Divide Initiatives

Public Safety

Health Care

Building and Repairing Infrastructure

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