Red Crow Steps Closer to Accreditation

Aug 15th, 1998 | By | Category: 10-1: Teaching Math and Science, Tribal College News

The Red Crow Community College (Standoff, Alberta) has received a $10,000 donation toward upgrading its library from Mobil Oil Canada. Red Crow President Marie Smallface Marule says the money will help bring the library up to date and will be a factor in the college’s upcoming review for accreditation. As with many tribal colleges, the Red Crow Community College library is used not only by the college but also by the community. College Librarian Dr. Anne Murtagh says the donation from Mobil and other corporations eventually will create a state of the art library with multi-media materials.

With an enrollment of approximately 400 students, Red Crow is a public, upgrading, and post secondary educational institution of the Blood Tribe. The college is the only member of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium that is located in Canada. It is also a member of Canada’s organization for tribal colleges, the First Nations Adult and Higher Education Consortium. Red Crow is the first college to be considered for accreditation by the First Nations Accreditation Board. A decision is expected in September following the college’s self-study and a visit by a review committee. In Canada, there is no other process for accrediting tribal colleges as public institutions.

The college uses buildings that were formerly the St. Mary’s residential school. Last winter, the college remodeled another abandoned residential school (St. Paul’s) a few miles away, making it into a low income and student apartment complex. The tribe and the college negotiated for $1.56 million in federal funds for the $2.8 million construction project so that students could have housing.

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