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USDA Grants Support Research, Education and Extension Activities at Tribal Land-Grant Colleges

Media Contact: Jennifer Martin, (202) 720-8188

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25, 2010 – USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded grants to 32 tribal colleges and universities, providing Native American communities with greater access to agricultural research, education and extension.

“The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching called tribal colleges the most significant development in American Indian communities since World War II,” said Roger Beachy, NIFA director. “We are proud to sponsor these tribal land-grant colleges and to enable them to better serve the more than 13,000 Native American students who attend them.”

For many Native American students, these fully accredited tribal colleges and universities represent the only means to move beyond a high school diploma. In fact, many studies have suggested that graduating from a tribal college USDA’s mission to ensure diversity of the next generation of agricultural scientists is supported by the work of the 1994 land-grant institutions.

Tribal land-grant colleges and universities include in their teaching methods that include infusing components of Native American culture throughout their curriculum. For example, an environmental biology class may be combined with studies of native plant species. Through the tribal research grants, tribal colleges partner with other land-grant universities to address issues of interest to their Native American communities, such as preserving tribal forests or protecting water quality. Tribal college extension services reach out to Native American ranchers and farmers to improve farm profitability. They also provide vital health, safety and economic development information to tribal communities. The Tribal College Endowment supports facilities and other critical needs at these schools.

Fiscal year 2010 funding includes:

Tribal Colleges Education Equity Grants: $3.3 million (each institution received $111,400)

  • Tohono O`odham Community College, Sells, Ariz.
  • Dine College, Tsaile, Ariz.
  • Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, Kan.
  • Bay Mills Community College, Brimley, Mich.
  • Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College, Mount Pleasant, Mich.
  • Leech Lake Tribal College, Cass Lake, Minn.
  • White Earth Tribal and Community College, Mahnomen, Minn.
  • Stone Child College, Box Elder, Mont.
  • Blackfeet Community College, Browning, Mont.
  • Little Big Horn College, Crow Agency, Mont.
  • Fort Belknap College, Harlem, Mont.
  • Chief Dull Knife College, Lame Deer, Mont.
  • Salish Kootenai College, Pablo, Mont.
  • Fort Peck Community College, Poplar, Mont.
  • Nebraska Indian Community College, Macy, Neb.
  • Little Priest Tribal College, Winnebago, Neb.
  • Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, Albuquerque, N.M.
  • Navajo Technical College, Crownpoint, N.M.
  • Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, N.M.
  • Turtle Mountain Community College, Belcourt, N.D.
  • United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck, N.D.
  • Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Fort Totten, N.D.
  • Sitting Bull College, Fort Yates, N.D.
  • Fort Berthold Community College, New Town, N.D.
  • Oglala Lakota College, Kyle, S.D.
  • Sinte Gleska University, Mission, S.D.
  • Sisseton Wahpeton College, Sisseton, S.D.
  • Northwest Indian College, Bellingham, Wash.
  • Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College, Hayward, Wisc.
  • College of Menominee Nation, Keshena, Wisc.

 

Tribal College Research Grants: $1.6 million

  • Tohono O`odham Community College, Sells, Ariz., $200,000
  • Bay Mills Community College, Brimley, Mich., $199,856
  • Little Big Horn College, Crow Agency, Mont., $199,979
  • Fort Belknap College, Harlem, Mont., $183,345
  • Salish Kootenai College, Pablo, Mont., $199,732
  • United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck, N.D., $90,000
  • Oglala Lakota College, Kyle, S.D., $200,000
  • Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College, Hayward, Wisc., $200,000
  • College of Menominee Nation, Keshena, Wisc., $199,999

 

Tribal College Extension Services Grants: $4.3 million

  • Tohono O`odham Community College, Sells, Ariz., $85,000
  • Dine College, Tsaile, Ariz., $85,000
  • Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, Kans., $85,000
  • Bay Mills Community College, Brimley, Mich., $99,467
  • Bay Mills Community College, Brimley, Mich., $85,000
  • Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College, Mount Pleasant, Mich., $100,000
  • Leech Lake Tribal College, Cass Lake, Minn., $85,000
  • Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Cloquet, Minn.,  $100,000
  • White Earth Tribal and Community College, Mahnomen, Minn., $85,000
  • Little Big Horn College, Crow Agency, Mont., $85,000
  • Stone Child College, Box Elder, Mont., $100,000
  • Stone Child College, Box Elder, Mont. $99,999
  • Stone Child College, Box Elder, Mont., $99,710
  • Blackfeet Community College, Browning, Mont., $100,000
  • Blackfeet Community College, Browning, Mont., $96,543
  • Fort Belknap College, Harlem, Mont., $85,000
  • Chief Dull Knife College, Lame Deer, Mont., $85,000
  • Salish Kootenai College, Pablo, Mont., $100,000
  • Fort Peck Community College, Poplar, Mont., $98,960
  • Fort Peck Community College, Poplar, Mont., $85,000
  • Fort Peck Community College, Poplar, Mont., $83,300
  • Nebraska Indian Community College, Macy, Neb., $100,000
  • Little Priest Tribal College, Winnebago, Neb., $100,000
  • Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, Albuquerque, N.M., $100,000
  • Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, Albuquerque, N.M., $85,000
  • Navajo Technical College, Corwnpoint, N.M., $100,000
  • Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, N.M., $85,000
  • United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck, N.D., $100,000
  • Turtle Mountain Community College, Belcourt, N.D., $100,000
  • Turtle Mountain Community College, Belcourt, N.D., $100,000
  • Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Fort Totten, N.D., $85,000
  • Sitting Bull College, Fort Yates, N.D., $85,000
  • Oglala Lakota College, Kyle, S.D., $100,000
  • Oglala Lakota College, Kyle, S.D., $100,000
  • Sinte Gleska University, Mission, S.D., $100,000
  • Fort Berthold Community College, New Town, N.D., $85,000
  • Sisseton Wahpeton College, Sisseton, S.D., $85,000
  • Northwest Indian College, Bellingham, Wash., $100,000
  • Northwest Indian College, Bellingham, Wash., $100,000
  • Northwest Indian College, Bellingham, Wash., $100,000
  • Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College, Hayward, Wisc., $100,000
  • Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College, Hayward, Wisc., $100,000
  • College of Menominee Nation, Keshena, Wisc., $100,000
  • College of Menominee Nation, Keshena, Wisc., $85,000

 

1994 Endowment Interest -- $4.1 million

  • Ilisagvik College, Barrow, Alaska, $86,384
  • Tohono O’Odham Communtiy College, Sells, Ariz., $73,213
  • Dine College, Tsaile, Ariz., $307,397
  • Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, Kan., $231,079
  • Bay Mills Community College, Brimley, Mich., $100,276
  • Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College, Mount Pleasant, Mich., $66,898
  • Leech Lake Tribal College, Cass Lake, Minn., $89,090
  • Fond du Lac Tribal and Communicty College, Cloquet, Minn., $88,729
  • White Earth Tribal and Community College, Mahnomen, Minn., $64,012
  • Stone Child College, Box Elder, Mont., $110,380
  • Blackfeet Community College, Browning, Mont., $145,560
  • Little Big Horn College, Crow Agency, Mont., $118,318
  • Fort Belknap College, Harlem, Mont., $86,384
  • Chief Dull Knife College, Lame Deer, Mont., $88,188
  • Salish Kootenai College, Pablo, Mont., $184,531
  • For Peck Community College, Poplar, Mont., $127,338
  • Nebraska Indian College, Macy, Neb., $69,244
  • Little Priest Tribal College, Winnebago, Neb., $71,589
  • Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, Albuquerque, N.M., $176,051
  • Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, N.M., $96,126
  • Turtle Mountain Community College, Belcourt, N.D., $176,592
  • United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck, N.D., $154,041
  • Candeska Cikana Community College, Fort Totten, N.D., $89,090
  • Sitting Bull College, Fort Yates, N.D., $111,101
  • Fort Berthold Community College, New Town, N.D., $98,291
  • Oglala Lakota College, Kyle, S.D., $259,585
  • Sinte Gleska University, Mission, S.D., $181,103
  • Sisseton Wahpeton Community College, Sisseton, S.D., $85,121
  • Northwest Indian College, Bellingham, Wash., $159,994
  • Lac Courte Orielles Ojibwa Community College, Hayward, Wisc., $115,431
  • College of Menominee Nation, Keshena, Wisc., $139,967

           
Through federal funding and leadership for research, education and extension programs, NIFA focuses on investing in science and solving critical issues impacting people’s daily lives and the nation's future. For more information, visit www.nifa.usda.gov.

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