Wisconsin Tribal Colleges Form Unique Consortium

May 15th, 2009 | By | Category: 20-4: Tribal College Leadership and Vision, Tribal College News

The two tribal college presidents in Wisconsin signed an agreement in January 2009 that will help them work together on higher education issues. Dr. Danielle Hornett, president of Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College (LCOOCC, Hayward, WI), and Dr. Verna Fowler, president of the College of Menominee Nation (CMN, Keshena, WI), signed the new Wisconsin Consortium of Indian-Controlled Community Colleges Agreement.

LCOOCC and CMN, the only two tribal colleges in the state, created a consortium in 1996 specifically to help both colleges secure federal Perkins Grant funding. The 2009 agreement reflects the broader role tribal education has in advancing higher education for all people in the state — not just those who can afford to attend the University of Wisconsin or who live close to a Wisconsin Technical College.

“Our mission is to promote and expand higher education in the communities we serve—including not only Native Americans, but non-Natives as well,” says LCOOCC President Hornett. She says tribal college tuition costs per credit are much lower than other colleges in the state and nation. “We are the only nationally-accredited degree-granting institution within a 60-mile radius. Many people on reservations also are place-bound by a lack of transportation and cultural responsibilities to elders in their family,” she says.

The agreement defines the broad purpose of the coalition. The member colleges will hold regular meetings and will vote on tribal college issues that affect both entities.

For more information, contact LCO Ojibwe Community College Development Director Sarah Ashenbrener at (888) 526-6221, ext. 157, or CMN development Director Irene Keifer at (715)799-6226, ext. 3155.

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