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  • Lawmaker wants to increase state funding for tribal colleges
    January 27, 2015
    HELENA (AP) — A Montana lawmaker proposed Monday that tribal colleges receive the same per-student funding that community colleges receive. Rep. Susan Webber of Browning introduced House Bill 196 in the House Education Committee. The Democrat's measure builds on a 2013 law that temporarily raised the amount of state funding provided to tribal colleges to educate non-Indian students. That aid totals $3,000 per student annually and is half the amount that Montana's community colleges receive per student. Webber's proposal would match funding for students at tribal colleges to the average aid provided to community colleges.
  • Jump Start program aims to help American Indian students
    January 22, 2015
    RAPID CITY - Seven South Dakota colleges and universities are launching a program this summer aimed at helping incoming American Indian students get a strong start toward completing an engineering, science or math degree.
  • Meet Leander “Russ” McDonald, the new president of the United Tribes Technical College.
    January 22, 2015
    Listen: Meet Leander “Russ” McDonald, the new president of the United Tribes Technical College. He’ll discuss current legislation under discussion in Bismarck regarding Tribal Colleges; what makes for student success; and President Obama's new proposal to create a "Tuition-Free" system at community colleges.
  • MSU-based study finds underrepresented students study science if they believe it helps their co
    January 22, 2015
    A study conducted by a group of scientists at Montana State University and California State University, Long Beach, has found that students from underrepresented minority groups are more likely to pursue scientific or research careers in biosciences if they believe the careers will in some way help them give back to their home communities. The study, “The Role of Altruistic Values in Motivating Underrepresented Minority Students for Biomedicine,” was published in the January issue of the journal BioScience. Co-authors were Jessi L. Smith and Elizabeth R. Brown, both then researchers with the MSU Department of Psychology, Allen G. Harmsen, a research scientist affiliated with the MSU Department of Microbiology and Immunology, and Andrew Z. Mason and Dustin B. Thoman of California State University, Long Beach. Thoman is with the Department of Psychology and Mason with the Department of Biological Sciences.
  • Oglala Lakota College geologist confirms water problems in proposed Black Hills uranium mining
    January 22, 2015
    Uranium mining in the southern Black Hills compromises water supplies, according to expert testimony by Oglala Lakota College Department Co-Chair Hannan LaGarry, released Jan. 12 in response to a federal administrative order. Azarga Uranium Corp., formerly Powertech Uranium Corp., sought unsuccessfully to keep the testimony from the public in the Oglala Sioux Tribe's challenge of the company's proposal to reopen uranium mines and mills at the Dewey-Burdock site in Custer and Fall River counties adjacent to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
  • NDSU to partner with South Dakota tribal college
    January 17, 2015
    FARGO -- North Dakota State University will partner with a tribal college in South Dakota to expand that college's degree programs and increase the number of Native American students at NDSU. Officials from NDSU and Sisseton Wahpeton College signed a memorandum of understanding Friday afternoon to mark the new partnership.
  • President’s Two-Year Tuition Free College Proposal is Hopeful and Positive
    January 13, 2015
    Guest Commentary Dr. Leander "Russ" McDonald Editor’s Note: Last week Friday, President Barack Obama announced an initiative that would provide two-years of free tuition for Americans to attend a community college. Included in the proposal are the 37 tribal colleges in Indian Country. “The increasing cost of education continues to be an issue for the American Indian students we serve at United Tribes with post-secondary education and workforce training programs. We support and assist them in accessing as many resources as available. However, additional resources to help them get through their first two years of college would be beneficial – both to students and the college.
  • Institute of American Indian Arts Expands Key Programs
    January 9, 2015
    New Funding Helps to Further School’s Mission SANTA FE, N.M - The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is pleased to announce plans to expand its Master Artist-in-Residence Program, its Student Internship Program, and introduce a Sculpture and Foundry Residence Program. The expansion of these programs will bring additional educational knowledge from artists and Tribal Communities to IAIA students thereby supporting them academically -- and in their careers.
  • Grant will help Haskell provide remedial classes to more students
    January 7, 2015
    A humanities grant will enable Haskell Indian Nations University to create a summer literature program for freshmen who need remedial English classes. The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded Haskell a $99,800 Tribal Colleges and Universities Humanities Initiative, the university announced this month. The amount will fully fund the development and implementation of the “Summer Bridge Program in Literature” at Haskell.
  • United Tribes Technical College Hires First New President in 37 Years
    January 5, 2015
    United Tribes Technical College has a new president. He is Dr. Leander “Russ” McDonald (Dakota/Arikara), an enrolled citizen of the Spirit Lake Tribe in North Dakota. McDonald is the former Spirit Lake tribal chairman and was selected October 24 to take over leadership of the intertribal technical college in Bismarck, North Dakota. He succeeds David M. Gipp, who served as the college’s executive director and president for 37 years.