Clinton Visit to Benefit Tribal Colleges

Nov 15th, 1999 | By | Category: 11-2: Teacher Education, Tribal College News

When President Bill Clinton visited the Pine Ridge Reservation in July, he encouraged his listeners to utilize their tribal college, Oglala Lakota College (OLC). The president of the tribe, Harold Salway, who shared the podium with Clinton, was a recent graduate of the college. The visit was designed to bring national attention to the poorest spot in the nation and to stimulate job creation and housing construction. Clinton was the first president since Franklin D. Roosevelt to visit an Indian reservation, according to the Washington Post.

The New Market Initiatives that Clinton announced will result in several specific programs for tribal colleges, according to Carrie Billy, executive director of the White House Initiative on Tribal Colleges and Universities. MetLife will create a Young Entrepreneurs Fellowship Program with the Oglala Sioux Tribe that will benefit two members of the tribe each year for five years. Microsoft will donate $300,000 worth of computer software to the Oglala Lakota College. Gateway Computer company will work with tribal colleges in South Dakota to develop data processing and computer programming courses. Gateway also will donate $50,000 to OLC. Owen Corning will work with instructors at all of the nation’s tribal colleges to offer students training in energy efficiency and current construction technologies in order to build reservation housing. Three firms will help establish job training courses at tribal colleges in steel framing of housing and other buildings. The firms include the North American Steel Framing Alliance, Worthington Industries, and Amity, Inc.

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