Navajo Nation approves $2 million for NTC

Nov 6th, 2012 | By | Category: 24-2: The Future of the Tribal College Movement, Tribal College News
By Daniel Vandever

In July, Navajo Technical College (NTC, Crownpoint, NM) president, Dr. Elmer Guy, went before the Navajo Nation Council with revisions to Chapter 23 of the Diné Higher Education Grant Fund and was granted an additional $2 million for operation and maintenance.

Delegate Danny Simpson (Becenti, Lake Valley, Nahodishgish, Standing Rock, Whiterock, Huerfano, Nageezi, and Crownpoint) sponsored the legislation that amended the Diné Higher Education Grant Fund, which ultimately allocated NTC $3.5 million each year over the next 12 years, while also allocating $3.5 million for the Navajo Nation Scholarship and Financial Assistance office.

“It’s a big stride that is being done,” says delegate Mel R. Begay (Coyote Canyon, Mexican Springs, Naschitti, Tohatchi, and Bahastl’a’a’). “These are our young ones whose minds we’d like to expand. I’m proud of these schools that are within our communities.” The legislation was then approved by Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly.

“With the council’s continued support, we’re going to be able to develop additional bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees and we can even do Ph.D.’s,” says NTC President Elmer Guy, who is currently awaiting official notice from the Higher Learning Commission for approval of a proposed Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and Natural Resources and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Diné Culture, Language and Leadership. “There’s no reason we can’t be a university someday.”

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