Tester congratulates Ft. Peck Tribes on Department of Transportation infrastructure grant

Tribes awarded nearly $700,000 to develop old Poplar airport site

(U.S. SENATE) – Chairman of the Indian Affairs Committee, Senator Jon Tester, today announced that the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes were awarded $692,829 by the U.S. Department of Transportation for the Poplar Airport Redevelopment and Regional Access Study Project.

“This is an important win for the tribe,” Tester said. “The funds will not only help improve roads and infrastructure in the area, but will also stimulate more businesses and commercial activity on the reservation, leading to jobs and economic opportunity,”

The Tribes applied for this grant last spring through the Department of Transportation’s competitive TIGER grant program.

The funds will be used to make the reservation’s transportation network more suitable for commercial activity and to provide better access to the region’s main east-west thoroughfare, U.S. Highway 2. It is an important step toward developing new housing, a new wellness center and new businesses at the old airport site.

In addition to chairing the Indian Affairs Committee, Tester is also a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, which funds the Department of Transportation.