Colleges Receive a $3 Million MacArthur Foundation Grant

Aug 15th, 1989 | By | Category: 1-2: Tribal Economic Development, Tribal College News

Praising tribal colleges for their emphasis on Indian opportu­nity and self-determination, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has awarded a total of $3 million to these Indian controlled institu­tions.

Part of a $5.7 million package of grants and loans to 26 Indian-run organizations, the award is the largest ever made to tribally controlled colleges by a founda­tion.

The MacArthur Foundation emphasized that the grants are meant to promote Indian self-determination. According to foundation President Adele Sim­mons, Indian controlled colleges offer the best route to cultural understanding, economic develop­ment and individual opportunity.

The remarkable record of these small, young institutions indicated their potential effective­ness in reducing the chronic problems of American Indian education and economic prog­ress,” said Simmons in a printed release.

Announcement of the MacArthur grant came in Novem­ber with the release of the new Carnegie Foundation report on tribal colleges (see story on page 18). The MacArthur award offers support to the recommendations made in the Carnegie study.

The money will be distributed to the 18 tribal colleges that are either fully accredited or are candidates for accreditation.

Accredited colleges will receive up to $300,000 over three years to strengthen existing programs and help the development of new programs. Curriculum develop­ment, faculty development, im­provement of facilities and fund-raising are among the areas of special interest to these colleges.

Colleges that are candidates for accreditation will receive up to $150,000 over three years. Grants to these colleges may be used in part for facilities develop­ment as well as for curriculum development, faculty development, and additions to libraries.

Additional grants were made to the American Indian Higher Education Consortium and to the American Indian College Fund.

Tribal college presidents praised the foundation for work­ing with the colleges in the devel­opment of the grant. MacArthur staff traveled to col­leges and attended meetings of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium and the resulting funding recommenda­tions were based on the needs identified by the colleges.

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