Can Promise Zones Help Turn Native Communities Around?

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown March 17th, 2014 Last Updated on: March 17th, 2014

Back in January, the White House announced the creation of the Promise Zones initiative, which is President Obama's plan to create a better bargain for the middle-class by partnering with local communities and businesses to create jobs, increase economic security, expand educational opportunities, increase access to quality, affordable housing and improve public safety. One of the first five Zones is going to the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

In a two-part series The Reid Report from MSNBC closely examines the issues in the Choctaw Nation and how this Promise Zone might help the community.

Photo by Peter van Agtmael/Magnum for MSNBC

Photo by Peter van Agtmael/Magnum for MSNBC

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation of the Oglala Sioux Tribe was a finalist in the Promise Zone Initiative. We'll have to wait and see if and when this initiative will be rolled out to them.

You can read more on the Choctaw Nation story from The Reid Report on MSNBC.

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About Toyacoyah Brown

Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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robert white

I would like to see sub-reservations setup for our nations people that live to far from a or our reservations where jobs are so we can have small tribal communities in which we can better increase the saving of culture and teaching to native children, fix and increase our natural resources, and increase our land holdings!

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