Gun Lake Tribe gets $4M to buy EVs, reuse gray water

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Gun Lake Tribe says it will use two grants totaling over $4 million to buy electric vehicles, install a solar array and make a plan to reuse gray water.

The grants were awarded by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Branch of Tribal Climate Resilience, according to a Thursday release from the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians.

The tribe says $4 million was awarded for its electric infrastructure project, which involves buying EVs and chargers and installing a solar array.

Then, the Gun Lake Tribe will use a $189,844 grant to develop a plan to reuse gray water so that less water is drawn from the tribe’s aquifer.

The tribe says the initiatives all align with its mission to “maintain our elders’ vision, integrity, spirituality, culture, and economic self-sufficiency by protecting our sovereignty, treaty rights, traditions, land and natural resources for our future generations.”

“We applaud the federal government for collaborating with our Tribe to create programs like these to reverse the negative impacts of climate change,” said Tribal Chairman Bob Peters in a statement.

The funding is part of the Tribal Climate Resilience Annual Awards Program. For fiscal year 2023, more than $120 million was awarded for 146 projects across the country. Leaders say it marks the largest annual award total in the program’s history.

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