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Sitting Bull College breaks new ground

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FORT YATES, N.D. (Staff reports) ? Sitting Bull College broke ground on Aug. 30 for phase I of its proposed $40-million campus.

During the ceremony, USDA Rural Development State Director Clare Carlson presented three grants totaling $1,067,600.

Rural Development's clean water and wastewater grant of $922,100 will provide funds for Sitting Bull College to install new water and wastewater facilities, and the electricity to the proposed new campus site.

"These efforts are part of the USDA's national program to help rural areas build and enhance essential community facilities," said Clare Carlson.

The two Community Facilities grants, totaling $145,500, will provide for construction of a new parking lot, new lighting fixtures, new electrical hookups, and technical assistance in the planning and development of the college site.

"Building infrastructure to provide communities with safe, clean drinking water, and environmentally sound wastewater is an integral part of this nation's economic fabric," continued Carlson. "These grants will give the Fort Yates community, and surrounding area, the opportunity to enrich the lives of everyone-adults and children-alike."

The proposed campus site comprises 145 acres along Highway 1806 west of the City of Fort Yates. When fully completed, the campus will serve more than 500 students.

In FY2001, USDA Rural Development provided over $58 million in loan and grant financing in North Dakota. The agency administers program assistance for rural development needs through three sub-agencies: Rural Housing Service, Rural Business-Cooperative Service, and Rural Utilities Service.