U.S. Department of Education Awards Nearly $53 Million in Grants to Improve College Programs for American Indian Students
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that 63 grant awards, totaling nearly $53 million, from the American Indian Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCU) Program will go to colleges and universities that serve American Indian students. The grant awards will provide funding to improve and strengthen the academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability of eligible institutions.
“Reforming Native education has never been more important,” Secretary Duncan said. “To do what is best for Native students, we must collaborate with people who know the students and communities. These grants will provide funding to help tribal colleges and universities offer high quality educational opportunities for American Indian students.”
The eligible TCCU’s receiving grant awards can use the funding for the following authorized activities:
- Purchase, rental, or lease of scientific or laboratory equipment;
- Construction, maintenance, renovation, and improvement in classrooms, libraries, laboratories, and other instructional facilities, including purchase or rental of telecommunications technology equipment or services, and the acquisition of real property adjacent to the campus of the institution on which to construct such facilities;
- Instruction in tribal governance or tribal public policy;
- Education or counseling services designed to improve the financial literacy and economic literacy of students or the students’ families;
- Developing or improving facilities for Internet use or other distance education technologies;
- Support of faculty exchanges, faculty development, and faculty fellowships;
- Academic instruction in disciplines in which Indians are underrepresented;
- Purchase of library books, periodicals, and other educational materials;
- Funds management, administrative management, and acquisition of equipment for use in strengthening funds management;
- Joint use of facilities, such as laboratories and libraries;
- Establishing or improving a development office to strengthen or improve contributions from alumni and the private sector;
- Establishing or improving a program of teacher education designed to qualify students to teach in elementary or secondary schools, with a particular emphasis on teaching Indian children and youth; and
- Establishing community outreach programs that encourage Indian elementary and secondary school students to develop the academic skills and the interest to pursue postsecondary education.
There are 36 federally recognized Tribal Colleges and Universities in the United States, located mainly in the Midwest and Southwest. Tribal Colleges and Universities service approximately 30,000 full- and part-time students and offer two-year associate degrees in over 200 disciplines with some providing a bachelor's and master's degree, as well as 200 vocational certificate programs.
The Office of the White House Initiative on Tribal Colleges and Universities (WHITCU) leads the implementation of Executive Order 13270, ensuring that the nation's Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU) are more fully recognized and have full access to federal programs benefiting other higher education institutions. WHITCU's mission is to increase the capacity of Tribal Colleges and Universities to accomplish their own missions, visions and purposes. For more information on the initiative, please visit http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/list/whtc/edlite-index.html
For more information on the TCCU grant program visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/iduesaitcc/index.html
Grantees and Awards (includes Discretionary Development Grants and Mandatory Development Grants)
Ilisagvik College, $500,000
Ilisagvik College, $500,000
Tohono O'odham Community College, $537,353
Tohono O'odham Community College, $540,004
Dine' College $2,492,348
Dine College $2,480,116
Haskell Indian Nations University, $1,653,369
Haskell Indian Nations University, $1,645,255
Bay Mills Community College, $746,493
Bay Mills Community College, $742,830
Cass Lake, Minn.
Leech Lake Community College, $313,781
Leech Lake Tribal College, $606,672
Leech Lake Tribal College, $609,664
Fon du Lac Tribal and Community College, $615,927
Fond du lac Tribal College, $612,904
White Earth Tribal and Community College, $590,822
White Earth Tribal College, $587,921
Box Elder, Mont.
Stone Child College, $832,683
Blackfeet Community College, $1,069,420
Box Elder, Mont.
Stone Child College, $828,596
Blackfeet Community College, $1,064,171
Crow Agency, Mont.
Little Big Horn College, $906,879
Little Big Horn College, $902,428
Fort Belknap College, $585,033
Fort Belknap College, $582,161
Lame Deer, Mont.
Chief Dull Knife College, $199,448
Chief Dull Knife College, $652,651
Salish Kootenai College, $1,166,079
Salish Kootenai College, $1,665,190
Fort Peck Community College, $809,447
Fort Peck Community College, $305,475
Turtle Mountain Community College, $173,904
Turtle Mountain Community College, $1,154,570
United Tribes Technical College, $1,130,692
United Tribes Technical College, $670,459
Fort Totten, N.D.
Cankdeska Cikana Community College, $637,979
Cankdeska Cikana Community College, $641,125
Fort Yates, N.D.
Sitting Bull College, $738,991
Sitting Bull College, $735,364
New Town, N.D.
Ft. Berthold Community College, $207,346
Fort Berthold Community College, $682,758
Nebraska Indian College, $26,848
Nebraska Indian Community College, $529,364
Little Priest Tribal College, $513,493
Little Priest Tribal College, $35,974
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, $1,370,583
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, $863,856
Navajo Technical College, $1,316,497
Navajo Technical College, $835,036
Santa Fe, N.M.
Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development (IAIA), $698,802
Institute of American Indian Art, $695,373
Oglala Lakota College, $1,927,093
Oglala Lakota College, $1,417,636
Sinte Gleska University, $713,220
Sinte Gleska University, $1,219,204
Sisseton Wahpeton College, $593,958
Sisseton Wahpeton Community College, $596,887
Northwest Indian College, $1,573,644
Northwest Indian College, $1,065,928
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College, $795,177
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College, $791,274
College of Menominee Nation, $841,190
College of Menominee Nation, $362,062