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Shirley commented on Community Relocation with Revitalization

We can not do much more until we have funding to move ahead with specific communities. The process for the Choctaw and Quinault was much the same. Both communities spent a lot of time thinking about which aspets of their cuture were essential to them in terms of income generation, housing/community design, and how to preserve their language and customs. Both groups place a lot of emphasis on bringing the younger people into the process. The Choctaw have revived many of their handicrafts and traditional songs as part of the process. USDA has agreed in principle to work with us as they have a number of programs for innovative ag projects but we would have to write a proposal and many of the programs are for loans which the communities are not in a position to undertake right now. We need a partner that is committed to the future of Native American and Indigenous people and who is willing to fund the next phase of the relocation which is to make specific plans. BRACE is concerned that their plans to create new communities may be too expensive so we want to work with them on building in towns that already have infrastructure (sewers, roads, schools) in place. We have engaged the communities as much as we can without raising their expectations until we have something specific to offer them. I appreciate your thoughtful questions. Any suggestions about funding?