ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and New Mexico officials held a listening session with the All Pueblo Council of Governors to discuss President Biden’s American Rescue Plan and to learn about the impact on Tribal communities.

According to a press release from the U.S. Department of Interior, the American Rescue Plan makes a $31.2 billion investment in Tribal communities which is reported to be the largest single investment the U.S. has ever made in Indian country. The plan includes several provisions that fund interior initiatives that benefit the communities the department serves including Tribal government and schools.

“If we are going to make sure the Tribal communities thrive, that tribal sovereignty is respected and strengthened, and if we are truly to repair nation-to-nation relationships, that means every bureau and every office must think about our trust obligations to Indian tribes,” said Haaland.

Between the American Rescue Plan President Biden’s newly announced American Jobs Plan, Haaland says help is on the way to address housing, clean water, roads, schools, and other critical needs on tribal lands.

The session included Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, Senators Martin Heinrich, and Ben Ray Lujan, New Mexico Indian Affairs Secretary Lynn Trujillo, and members of the All Pueblo Council of Governors.