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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine announced $1,105,039 in federal funding to help seven Native American tribes in Virginia develop affordable housing within their communities. The funding was awarded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Indian Housing Block Grant Program (IHBG), and will go towards the Chickahominy, the Eastern Chickahominy, the Upper Mattaponi, the Rappahannock, the Monacan, the Pamunkey, and the Nansemond Indian Tribes.

“We’re pleased to see these federal funds go toward improving access to housing for Virginia tribes,” the Senators said. “It’s imperative that these communities have safe and affordable places to live.”

In 2018, Senators Warner and Kaine secured passage of the Thomasina E. Jordan Indian Tribes of Virginia Federal Recognition Act of 2017 to grant federal recognition for six Virginia tribes, which allowed them to be eligible for federal funding including CARES Act funds to respond to COVID-19. Kaine recently met with Tribal leaders from the Monacan Nation to hear about their progress and challenges they are facing amid the pandemic. In January, Warner and Kaine demanded the Trump Administration provide all necessary resources to state, local, Tribal, and territorial governments to help support vaccine distribution. 

The Indian Housing Block Grant Program (IHBG) provides grants to Tribes and Tribally Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs) to develop and implement affordable housing in Tribal communities.

The tribes that received funding are listed below:


Location Amount

Chickahominy Indian Tribe

Providence Forge $262,063

Chickahominy Indian Tribe-Eastern Division

Providence Forge $74,418

Monacan Indian Nation

Amherst $302,115

Nansemond Indian Tribe

Suffolk $140,897

Pamunkey Indian Tribe

King William $74,406

Rappahannock Tribe, Inc.

Indian Neck $74,571

Upper Mattaponi Tribe

King William $176,569