Boeing announces $1.3mn to support indigenous communities in US

American aeroplane giant Boeing has announced $1.3 million to support indigenous communities across the US in observance of the National Native American Heritage Month in November.

In a statement on Friday, the company said that the investment package includes $300,000 in grants for Southwest Tribal Nations to improve access to clean water, bridge the digital divide in education and provide better natural disaster response and preparation, Xinhua news agency.

The package also includes $140,000 in grants in the Pacific Northwest and a $60,000 grant in Oklahoma supporting STEM education programs for students.


An additional $840,000 will fund future projects for Native American and indigenous communities to be detailed at a later date, the company said.

"We recognize the toll on Native American and Indigenous communities from centuries of injustice, and we take seriously our role in supporting education and development in these communities," said Marc Allen, Boeing's chief strategy officer, senior vice president of Strategy and Corporate Development and enterprise executive sponsor of the Boeing Native American Network.


According to Boeing, the new investments are building on the company's previously announced multi-year commitment to combat racism and advance racial equity and social justice at all levels.