Turtle Mountain Starts Research Center

Aug 15th, 1997 | By | Category: 9-2: Re-envisioning Indian Education, Tribal College News

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation recently awarded Turtle Mountain Community College a grant of $553,629 to develop the Center for New Growth and Economic Development on its campus in Belcourt, N.D. The center is designed to help improve the social and economic conditions of the tribe and surrounding communities.

The center will develop ways to consoliate data and make it available in useful formats while at the same time teaching students about research. Students will learn how to collect data, collate, analyze, and communicate research results. In order for the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribe to sustain economic and social competitiveness, it needs access to solid data to use in planning, proposal development, and testimony to Congress.

Lyle Poitra, Turtle Mountain Community College institutional developer, said the center will provide structured training opportunities for the next generation of tribal leaders. The four-year grant is part of Phase II of Kellogg’s $22 million Native American Higher Education Initiative (see TCJ, Spring 1997, pp.40-41). The W.K. Kellogg Foundation was established in 1930 to “help people help themselves through the practical applicaton of knowledge and resources to improve their quality of life and that of future generations.”

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