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$45,373 To Ponca Tribe For Improvements at Fred Leroy Health Center in Omaha
Governor Mike Johanns announced the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska will receive a $45,373 grant from Nebraska Energy Office’s oil overcharge trust funds for a series of energy saving improvements at the Fred Leroy Health Center in Omaha.
The improvements planned for the Health Center include replacing 57 single-paned windows with double-paned, low-infiltration, vinyl framed windows and replacing 78 light fixtures with ones utilizing electronic ballasts and fewer fluorescent tubes, but with improved light output. Most of the windows being replaced are the original ones in the 1954 portion of the building. Estimated annual savings for the improvements total $1,771.
Any remaining funds will be used to replace one or more cooling units at the Center, or make improvements in the Ponca’s tribal building in Lincoln.
The Energy Office’s oil overcharge trust funds are a result of various court settlements against oil companies that overcharged their customers during the period of federal price controls from 1973-1981. The courts established parameters for use of the funds and included restitution to Native American tribes.
Previously, the Energy Office provided grants for weatherization of Winnebago tribal buildings and improvements in Omaha- and Santee Sioux-owned housing.