COMMERCE - Commerce officials are asking all certified Native Americans to help the city obtain a much-needed grant.

“We need (a copy of) every CDIB (Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood) we can get our hands on, said Mike Furnas. “It doesn't have to be the head of household, any cardholder who lives in Commerce qualifies.

The city is applying for a grant through Indian Health Services to improve the infrastructure of the city water system.

“The money will be used to dig pipelines, etc., Furnas said.

In order for the city to qualify for the IHS grant, a percentage of Commerce residents must be a Native American cardholder.

The higher the percentage of verified card holders, the better chances the city has of obtaining the grant money.

Any resident living in Commerce is asked to take a copy of their CDIB card to the Commerce City Hall or call 675-4373.

“We will make arrangements to pick your cards up and make copies of them, Furnas said.