Sen. Tester unveils tribal college initiative
"Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., also a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, plans to unveil a legislative proposal on Saturday that will strengthen health care initiatives at the 31 tribal colleges across the country.

“I will be introducing a long-sought, important bill to create a program for tribal colleges to promote health-related education and train American Indians to join the health-related work force,” said Tester in a pre-released speech that he planned to give during Saturday graduation ceremonies at the Salish Kootenai College on the Flathead Reservation.

His proposal is the result of a tribal college summit held at the Blackfeet Community College on the Blackfeet Reservation on April 5. Leaders from all Montana nations and tribal colleges attended to brainstorm about how to improve tribal college education in Montana and tribal colleges around the nation.

Tester is calling his legislation THE PATH, which will include grant funds for nursing programs, community wellness and health clinics and education and outreach programs on key health issues plaguing Indian Country like diabetes, youth at risk and substance abuse."

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