Tribe seeks community input on Tribal Office Expansion plan
LAC COURTE OREILLES BAND INDIAN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (ICDBG)
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT STATEMENT
On October 22, 2018, the Department of Housing and Urban Development published a Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for Indian Community Development Block Grant program.
Eligible activities include new housing construction; housing rehabilitation, housing infrastructure, land acquisition to support new housing, homeownership assistance, public facilities and improvements including infrastructure, economic development and micro enterprise programs. For the Eastern Woodlands region, a maximum of $700,000 is available for each requested project. Funding is awarded competitively and there is no guarantee that the Tribe will receive funding.
The Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Governing Board has identified Child Support/Indian Child Welfare facilities expansion as priority development needs of the Tribe for the Block Grant program. This decision was based upon the input of the tribal community and resources available to support operating costs.
The Tribe will expand the tribal office building on Trepania Road at a preliminary cost of $1,293,045. Child Support and Indian Child Welfare services have expanded over the last four years and office space at the Lac Courte Oreilles Reservation is not available to accommodate the growing service needs.
The 2018 Indian Community Development Grant application will be available for residents to review during normal business hours at the Grants Offices, within the Tribal Government Building. (There are no active Indian Community Development Block grants.) Tribal members and other citizens are invited to review and comment on this information. Any comments must be submitted by December 20, 2018. Comments may be made verbally or in writing to Kelly.Nayquonabe@lco-nsn.gov. Additional information on this potential project may be obtained by contacting the Lac Courte Oreilles Grants Department, Kelly Nayquonabe, at (715) 558-7444.