The U.S. Department of Education announced Friday, August 28, the award of more than $50.4 million in grants to support tribal colleges and universities in a dozen states. The grants will help the higher education institutions be more self-sufficient 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, in a press release. “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, the institution must be formally controlled by an Indian tribe or tribes.
Topping the list of grants is Navajo Technical University in Crownpoint, New Mexico, which is being awarded just over $2.2 million, and Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona, which is being awarded just over $1.6 million.
For a full list of colleges and award amounts, visit ed.gov.