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North Dakota tribal colleges discuss funding bill



Jim Davis, president of Turtle Mountain Community College, and David M. Gipp, president, United Tribes Technical College, meet with Gov. John Hoeven (back to camera) on March 1 to discuss tribal college funding bill. Photo by United Tribes News.

Leaders of North Dakota's tribal colleges met with Gov. John Hoeven (R) to discuss a bill that would provide state funding to their institutions.

The five colleges are seeking $700,000 over two years to cover for the cost of educating non-Indians. The federal government only provides funding for Indian students, so the schools have to make up the rest.

According to the North Dakota Association of Tribal Colleges, Hoeven said he "didn’t see any problem" with the bill. “You’ve gone about it in the right way,” he told the college leaders at the meeting.

Two bills have been making their way through the Legislature. Supporters say the state needs to help the tribal colleges educate non-Indians.

“We have failed to realize that people who live on the reservations are North Dakota citizens too,” said Rep. Jim Kasper (R), one of the sponsors. “We need to embrace them as part of the state. The prime way that we have is through education and this is a way to do that.”

Relevant Links:
American Indian College Fund - http://collegefund.org
American Indian Higher Education Consortium - http://www.aihec.org
Tribal Colleges and Universities - http://www.ed.gov/about/inits/list/whtc/edlite-index.html

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