U.S. Department of Education Awards More Than $50.4 Million in Grants to Support American Indian Tribally Controlled Colleges, Universities

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U.S. Department of Education Awards More Than $50.4 Million in Grants to Support American Indian Tribally Controlled Colleges, Universities

August 28, 2015

The U.S. Department of Education today announced the award of more than $50.4 million in new grants to support American Indian Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities in a dozen states. Under the Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities Program, the formula-based grants will help eligible higher education institutions increase their self-sufficiency by providing funds to strengthen their academic quality, management and overall fiscal stability.

“Tribal institutions serve a valuable role for American Indian students,” said William Mendoza, executive director, White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education. “As accredited institutions, tribal colleges are unique. In addition to functioning in a similar fashion to community colleges or small, public four-year schools, they support the preservation and revitalization of Native languages and serve other cultural needs of their students. They deliver instruction in culturally appropriate ways, thereby promoting tribal culture and academic achievement.”

To qualify for funding, institutions must meet the federal definition of the term “tribally controlled college or university.” That is, they must be formally controlled, or have been formally sanctioned or chartered by the governing body of an Indian tribe or tribes. No more than one institution shall be recognized with respect to any individual tribe.

The Obama Administration is committed to expanding educational opportunities and improving educational outcomes for American Indian and Alaskan Native children. As demonstrated by President Obama’s Executive Order on Improving American Indian and Alaska Native Educational Opportunities and Strengthening Tribal Colleges and Universities, the Administration continues to work to improve the programs available at tribal colleges so that Native students are well prepared to compete for the high-skilled, quality jobs of today and tomorrow. Last year, the President announced the launch of Generation Indigenous (Gen I), a Native youth initiative focused on removing the barriers that stand between Native youth and their opportunities to succeed.

More information on Tribal Colleges and Universities can be found at the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education’s website.

The following is a list of grant recipients:

American Indian Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities Program, Part A

State

City

Institution

Amount

AK

Barrow

Ilisagvik College

$500,000

AZ

Tsaile

Dine College

$1,603,374

AZ

Sells

Tohono O'odham Community College

$500,000

KS

Lawrence

Haskell Indian Nations University

$1,238,600

MI

Brimley

Bay Mills Community College

$571,116

MN

Cloquet

Fond du lac Tribal College

$500,000

MN

Cass Lake

Leech Lake Tribal College

$586,196

MN

Mahnomen

White Earth Tribal and Community College

$500,000

MT

Harlem

Aaniiih Nakoda College

$500,000

MT

Browning

Blackfeet Community College

$799,341

MT

Lame Deer

Chief Dull Knife College

$544,849

MT

Poplar

Fort Peck Community College

$600,128

MT

Crow Agency

Little Big Horn College

$606,789

MT

Pablo

Salish Kootenai College

$1,136,594

MT

Box Elder

Stone Child College

$672,602

ND

Fort Totten

Cankdeska Cikana Community College

$500,000

ND

New Town

Fort Berthold Community College

$500,000

ND

Fort Yates

Sitting Bull College

$598,822

ND

Belcourt

Turtle Mountain Community College

$936,542

ND

Bismarck

United Tribes Technical College

$795,110

NE

Winnebago

Little Priest Tribal College

$500,000

NE

Macy

Nebraska Indian Community College

$500,000

NM

Santa Fe

Institute of American Indian Arts

$601,492

NM

Crownpoint

Navajo Technical University

$2,247,693

NM

Albuquerque

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute

$988,600

SD

Kyle

Oglala Lakota College

$1,510,470

SD

Mission

Sinte Gleska University

$969,950

SD

Sisseton

Sisseton Wahpeton College

$500,000

WA

Bellingham

Northwest Indian College

$1,053,591

WI

Keshena

College of Menominee Nation

$543,934

WI

Hayward

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College

$547,372

TOTAL

$24,153,165

 

American Indian Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities Program, Part F

State

City

Institution

Amount

AK

Barrow

Ilisagvik College

$500,000

AZ

Tsaile

Dine College

$1,769,245

AZ

Sells

Tohono O'Odham Community College

$500,000

KS

Lawrence

Haskell Indian Nations University

$1,366,736

MI

Brimley

Bay Mills Community College

$630,199

MN

Cloquet

Fond du lac Tribal College

$547,244

MN

Cass Lake

Leech Lake Tribal College

$646,839

MN

Mahnomen

White Earth Tribal and Community College

$500,000

MT

Harlem

Aaniiih Nakoda College

$540,630

MT

Browning

Blackfeet Community College

$882,034

MT

Lame Deer

Chief Dull Knife College

$601,214

MT

Poplar

Fort Peck Community College

$662,212

MT

Crow Agency

Little Big Horn College

$669,563

MT

Pablo

Salish Kootenai College

$1,254,176

MT

Box Elder

Stone Child College

$742,184

ND

Fort Totten

Cankdeska Cikana Community College

$512,282

ND

New Town

Fort Berthold Community College

$513,777

ND

Fort Yates

Sitting Bull College

$660,771

ND

Belcourt

Turtle Mountain Community College

$1,033,429

ND

Bismarck

United Tribes Technical College

$877,366

NE

Winnebago

Little Priest Tribal College

$500,000

NE

Macy

Nebraska Indian Community College

$500,000

NM

Santa Fe

Institute of American Indian Arts

$663,718

NM

Crownpoint

Navajo Technical University

$2,480,221

NM

Albuquerque

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute

$1,090,872

SD

Kyle

Oglala Lakota College

$1,666,730

SD

Mission

Sinte Gleska University

$1,070,293

SD

Sisseton

Sisseton Wahpeton College

$500,000

WA

Bellingham

Northwest Indian College

$1,162,587

WI

Keshena

College of Menominee Nation

$600,205

WI

Hayward

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College

$603,999

TOTAL

$26,248,526