CCCC Receives $675K for Health Research

Sep 11th, 2014 | By | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive

Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC, Fort Totten, ND) has received $675,000 in federal funds to establish a Native American Research Center for Health (NARCH) at the college’s campus in Fort Totten, North Dakota. The initiative facilitates partnerships between federally recognized tribes and organizations that carry out health and medical research. NARCH also aids in the development of American Indian health professionals who serve and address the needs of local tribal communities.

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota strongly supported the endeavor, stating, “Encouraging Native American students to become involved in academic research, addressing the health disparities in Indian Country and expanding medical research opportunities in North Dakota are all important to keep our state on a successful path forward. Heitkamp went on to say, “I look forward to learning about the great research that will inevitably come from Cankdeska Cikana Community College’s new Native American Research Center for Health to improve the lives of families and tribes across the state.”

CCCC joins a growing number of tribal organizations that have instituted a NARCH. Northwest Indian College in Bellingham, Washington, was the first tribal college to have a NARCH. Like NWIC, NARCH funding will help CCCC become a health research hub.


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