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Dine' College gets grant; Funds will help college achieve four-year status

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WASHINGTON - Congressman Rick Renzi, R-Ariz., announced June 28 that Dine'
College will receive $2 million in federal funds spread out over five years
from the U.S. Department of Education under the Tribally Controlled
Colleges and Universities Program. The funds will be used to help Dine'
College develop and strengthen its teaching curriculum so the institution
can achieve four-year status.

Renzi introduced a bill earlier this year to help guarantee equitable
funding for Dine' College. His bill will provide new funding to address the
Dine' College's faculty needs such as modernization, repair and
rehabilitation. The legislation will also help ensure funding for Dine'
College by keeping it separate from other colleges and universities.

"Dine' College is an outstanding educational institution and I think this
will be an important step towards achieving four-year college status," said
Renzi. "I am pleased to see that our Navajo brothers and sisters will have
access to quality education without having to travel far from their homes.
This grant recognizes the college's potential to grow, expand and provide
for the Dine' people."

Dine' College is a two-year chartered educational institution governed by
the tribal council of the Navajo Nation. The college - the only institution
of higher education based on the Navajo Nation - serves northern Arizona,
southern Utah and northwest New Mexico.

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Dine' College will receive $400,000 per year to improve faculty support
services; enable individuals to earn bachelor's, master's and doctorate
degrees from accredited programs; and implement a distance education
program. The funds will also be used to change the institutional status of
Dine' College from a two-year college to a four-year college, and establish
a Bachelor of Arts program in Teacher Education with Arizona State
University.

Ferlin Clark, president of Dine' College, said he was thrilled to hear
about the new funds from the Education Department. "Congressman Renzi's
leadership and support in championing these crucial funds demonstrates his
commitment to Navajo education," said Clark. "These funds are especially
significant for the first and oldest tribal college in the United States.
Congressman Renzi's actions to secure these funds echo his overall
commitment to Navajo students and northern Arizona."