U.S. Department of Education Awards $14 Million in Grants to 31 Native American and Alaska Native Entities

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U.S. Department of Education Awards $14 Million in Grants to 31 Native American and Alaska Native Entities

September 25, 2013

The U.S. Department of Education today announced the award of about $14 million in grants to 31 Indian tribes, tribal organizations, and Alaska Native entities to help them improve career and technical education programs.

Under the 2013 Native American Career and Technical Education Program (NACTEP) competition, the Department encouraged applicants to propose projects that included promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), and the use of technology within career and technical education programs. Career and technical education in the STEM fields is important to providing students with education that can lead to employment in high growth, in-demand industry sectors.

"In today's global and knowledge-based economy, it's critical that we prepare all students for jobs that lead to a success career," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. "These grants will help underrepresented groups attain the necessary resources to earn an industry certification and postsecondary certificate or degree, while also strengthening our country’s global competitiveness."

The NACTEP requires the Secretary to ensure that activities will improve career and technical education for Native American and Alaska Native students. Additionally, NACTEP grants are aligned with other programs under the Carl D. Perkins Career & Technical Education Act of 2006 that require recipients to provide coherent and rigorous content aligned with challenging academic standards. NACTEP projects also include preparing students for the high-skill, high-wage, or high-demand occupations in emerging or established professions.

Below is a list of the 2013 NACTEP Grantees:

Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Inc. (Alaska) $417,543

Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments (Alaska) $470,022

Pascua Yaqui Tribe (Ariz.) $411,460

Hoopa Valley Tribe (Calif.) $470,130

Coeur d’ Alene Tribe (Idaho) $469,362

Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College (Mich.) $341,938

Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians (Mich.) $452,804

Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (Miss.) $470,689

Aaniiih Nakota College (Mont.) $467,256

Blackfeet Community College (Mont.) $386,966

Blackfeet Tribal Employment Rights Office (Mont.) $464,890

Fort Peck Community College (Mont.) $469,785

Salish Kootenai College (Mont.) $471,559

Stone Child College (Mont.) $473,556

Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska (Neb.) $469,345

Cankdeska Cikana Community College (N.D.) $450,564

Fort Berthold Community College (N.D.) $452,874

Sitting Bull College (N.D.) $415,660

Turtle Mountain Community College (N.D.) $471,466

Alamo Navajo School Board, Inc. (N.M.) $471,937

Coyote Canyon Rehabilitation Center, Inc. (N.M.) $473,912

Cherokee Nation (Okla.) $470,425

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (Okla.) $468,923

Shawnee Tribe (Okla.) $434,613

Pawnee Nation College (Okla.) $470,956

Oglala Lakota College (S.D.) $467,835

Sinte Gleska University (S.D.) $466,900

Muckleshoot Indian Tribe (Wash.) $437,674

Northwest Indian College (Wash.) $416,097

The Tulalip Tribes of Washington (Wash.) $451,113

College of Menominee Nation (Wis.) $472,994