U.S. Department of Education Awards Nearly $53 Million in Grants to Improve College Programs for American Indian Students

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U.S. Department of Education Awards Nearly $53 Million in Grants to Improve College Programs for American Indian Students

September 30, 2010

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)

Barrow, Alaska
Ilisagvik College, $500,000
Ilisagvik College, $500,000

Sells, Ariz.
Tohono O'odham Community College, $537,353
Tohono O'odham Community College, $540,004

Tsaile, Ariz.
Dine' College $2,492,348
Dine College $2,480,116

Lawrence, Kan.
Haskell Indian Nations University, $1,653,369
Haskell Indian Nations University, $1,645,255

Brimley, Mich.
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

Cloquet, Minn.
Fon du Lac Tribal and Community College, $615,927
Fond du lac Tribal College, $612,904

Mahnomen, Minn.
White Earth Tribal and Community College, $590,822
White Earth Tribal College, $587,921

Box Elder, Mont.
Stone Child College, $832,683

Browning, Mont.
Blackfeet Community College, $1,069,420

Box Elder, Mont.
Stone Child College, $828,596

Browning, Mont.
Blackfeet Community College, $1,064,171

Crow Agency, Mont.
Little Big Horn College, $906,879
Little Big Horn College, $902,428

Harlem, Mont.
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

Pablo, Mont.
Salish Kootenai College, $1,166,079
Salish Kootenai College, $1,665,190

Poplar, Mont.
Fort Peck Community College, $809,447
Fort Peck Community College, $305,475

Belcourt, N.D.
Turtle Mountain Community College, $173,904
Turtle Mountain Community College, $1,154,570

Bismarck, N.D.
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

Macy, Neb.
Nebraska Indian College, $26,848
Nebraska Indian Community College, $529,364

Winnebago, Neb.
Little Priest Tribal College, $513,493
Little Priest Tribal College, $35,974

Albuquerque, N.M.
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, $1,370,583
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, $863,856

Crownpoint, N.M.
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

Kyle, S.D.
Oglala Lakota College, $1,927,093
Oglala Lakota College, $1,417,636

Mission, S.D.
Sinte Gleska University, $713,220
Sinte Gleska University, $1,219,204

Sisseton, S.D.
Sisseton Wahpeton College, $593,958
Sisseton Wahpeton Community College, $596,887

Bellingham, Wash.
Northwest Indian College, $1,573,644
Northwest Indian College, $1,065,928

Hayward, Wis.
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College, $795,177

Hayward, Wis.
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College, $791,274

Keshena, Wis.
College of Menominee Nation, $841,190
College of Menominee Nation, $362,062