- Associated Press - Friday, January 8, 2016

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Two federal agencies are assisting 40 Native American veterans in the Dakotas with permanent homes.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs are providing $190,000 to the Ogala Sioux Tribe on the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota and $174,000 to the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians in Belcourt, North Dakota. The funds will help 20 veterans of each tribe who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness.

It’s part of $5.9 million in grants to 26 tribes across the country helping 500 Native American veterans.

HUD Secretary Julián Castro says by targeting resources directly to tribes, the agency can better honor the service and sacrifice of Native American veterans who need a roof over their heads.

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