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Funds for transportation infrastructure in Indian territory are insufficient

Jojola 07 Professor in the Community & Regional Planning Program at the University of New Mexico (Ted, “PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT”, May, National Congress of American Indians, SW)
In the realm of transportation infrastructure alone, there are 55,724 miles in the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Indian Reservation Road system that currently exist within lands of the 562 Federally-recognized tribal governments. They are under the authority of numerous entities including federal, tribal, state and local jurisdictions.4 In 2003, it was estimated that there existed a $11.8 billion backlog of improvement needs for BIA and selected state and local tribal roads.5 Whereas states spent an average of $4,000 to $5,000 per mile for road maintenance annually, the federal government spent only $500 per mile for roads in Indian Country. 6

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