Two North Coast Indian tribes have received $1.2 million in federal grants for housing and economic development projects.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Tuesday announced the award of more than $7.5 million in grants to California tribes.

The Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians near Geyserville and the Big Valley Tribe of Pomo Indians near Lakeport each received $605,000.

"These funds will help American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments create sustainable and community-driven solutions," HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan said in a statement. "Housing and infrastructure needs in Indian Country are severe and widespread. I'm inspired by the work the tribal communities are taking on to leverage these funds and get their communities on the right track."

The grant program was established in 1977 to help Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages meet their community development needs. The funding can be used to build or rehabilitate housing or to construct roads, water and sewer facilities.

Over the years, the grants have built community and health centers and have helped spur the development of shopping centers, manufacturing plants, restaurants, convenience stores and gas stations.