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(SD)-Tribes Worried Over Trump Plan To End Energy Help Program

By: John Axtell Posted at: 04/17/2017 09:42 AM
Sioux Falls, S.D. (AP) - Native American tribes fear what could happen if President Donald Trump succeeds in eliminating an energy assistance program that they say is crucial to their members.

      LI-HEAP, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, helps low-income households meet their heating and cooling needs. Trump's budget blueprint calls it a "lower-impact program."
 
     While Trump's proposal to end LIHEAP would be felt far and wide, perhaps no group would be affected more than Native Americans and Eileen Shot, who administers the program for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, says "people will die" without it.
 
     Under federal income guidelines, Native Americans qualify for the program at slightly higher rates than Latino and black households and far higher rates than whites, according to a February report from the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies.


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