Congress Gives Land Grant Status to SCTC

Aug 15th, 2004 | By | Category: 16-1: Sovereignty in Indian Country, Tribal College News

Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College (SCTC) became the 32nd tribal college to gain land grant status when President George W. Bush signed the legislation on March 2, 2004.

The original Land Grant Act of 1862 and the Land Grant Act of 1890 helped establish institutions of higher learning across the nation dedicated to the teaching of “agriculture and the mechanic arts.” The mission of land grant institutions has broadened over the years to encompass science, nutrition, leadership, youth activities, and other areas. Acknowledging that tribal colleges play a similar role within their tribal communities, Congress added them in 1994.

The Equity in Educational Land Grant Status Act of 1994 authorized land grant status to 29 tribal colleges; two more have since been added. These are known as the “1994 Land Grant Institutions.” The new legislation (Public Law 108-204, Native American Technical Corrections Act of 2004) adds Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College.

Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College President Dr. Jeffrey Hamley said, “We look forward to joining the other 1994 Land Grant Institutions and participating in programs that benefit our students. We have much to learn from our sister tribal colleges and universities about land grant programming.”

SCTC Board of Regents Chair Paul Johnson said, “This is a milestone for the tribal college, as well as our chartering body, the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe. The board of regents has worked to expand opportunities that the tribal college provides to students.”

Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College is a nonprofit, higher education institution in Mount Pleasant, MI. It was established by a 1998 resolution of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Council. The college’s mission is to provide higher education programming to the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe and the larger community.

For more information about the college, see www.sagchip.org/tribalcollege.

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