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January 4, 2002

Native American housing legislation passed

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WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Representative Tom Udall, D-N.M., a member of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, applauded President Bush for signing legislation into law that incorporates his effort to extend a direct housing loan pilot project for Native American veterans.

The President Thursday signed a broad veterans’ measure, H.R. 1291, which encompassed four bills as approved by the House and Senate.

Included in the legislation was Udall’s Native American Veterans Home Loan Act of 2001 (H.R. 1929), which the federal lawmaker introduced May 21, 2001. Since the pilot program was established, 59 tribes have entered into Memorandums of Understanding (MOU), allowing VA to provide home loans to tribal members who might otherwise be unable to obtain suitable housing. In New Mexico, the following tribes participate in the program: Isleta Pueblo, Laguna Pueblo, the Navajo Nation, Picuris Pueblo, San Juan Pueblo, Santo Domingo Pueblo, and Zuni Pueblo…Read More

AUTHOR: Special to The Daily Times

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