Three Arizona tribes receive HUD grant for COVID-19 relief

The seal of the Sovereign Nation of the Cocopahs. Photo by Marine 69-71 | Wikimedia Commons./CC-BY-SA-4.0 In an effort to protect the community’s most precious assets, the Cocopah Indian Tribe is moving forward with plans to buy homes for its elderly population after receiving a $1 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The funding from the grant is for elders from the Cocopah Indian Tribe and will be used to buy 10 new mobile homes, which will allow them to shelter in place if needed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Raymond Robles, the Cocopah Indian Housing and Development executive director.

“These private accommodations will afford isolation and recovery for the at risk tribal population,” Robles said in an email to the Arizona Mirror .

The Cocopah Indian Tribe’s tribal land is located 13 miles south of Yuma, along the Colorado River. The tribe’s land has a unique geographical location that borders the United States, Mexico, Arizona and California.

“The main rationale for the project is to protect the Cocopah tribal cultural assets which exist in the elder population. The elderly, who are the most susceptible to the pandemic, are the living archive of the Cocopah people,” Robles said. “Protecting the information in relation to culture, traditions, language, art, and spiritual beliefs are essential to future generations.”

The funding comes from HUD’s Indian Community Block Grant as part of its American Rescue Plan grants. HUD awarded about $80 million in grants to 68 tribal communities across the […]

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