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The Lame Deer School District on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation is slated to receive $687,632 in federal funds to upgrade its aging facilities.

The additional funds were allocated through the Impact Aid Discretionary Construction Grant Program. Impact Aid is paid to school districts on reservations and other tax-exempt federal lands by the U.S Department of Education to make up for the absence of property taxes.

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The grant allocation was announced Friday by Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont. Rehberg is a member of the House Appropriations Committee.

"Coming from a family of educators, I realize the importance of investing in education," Rehberg's statement said. "Improving and modernizing Montana's schools is an integral part of preparing our young people for the future."

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