USDA Grants Support TCU Libraries, Child Care

Nov 15th, 2007 | By | Category: 19-2: Our Story, Our Way, Tribal College News

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns announced in August the award of nearly $4 million in grants to 14 tribal colleges in seven states. The funds are being provided through the USDA Rural Development Tribal College Grant program.

“Education is an effective economic development tool,” Johanns said. “The grants to these institutions are one of the many ways Rural Development helps rural communities provide for their economic, business, and social needs.”

The funding will help tribal colleges purchase equipment, build or renovate classrooms, make needed repairs, and finance infrastructure improvements.

For example, the College of Menominee Nation (Keshena, WI) will receive $350,000 to buy furniture and fixtures for the library. Northwest Indian College (Bellingham, WA) will use $45,700 to equip a new child daycare building. Sitting Bull College (Fort Yates, ND) will receive $350,000 to construct a financial operations center.

Other grantees and their awards are: Leech Lake Tribal College (Cass Lake, MN) – $162,000, Oglala Lakota College (Kyle, SD) – $350,000, Northwest Indian College (Bellingham, WA ) – $304,000, Turtle Mountain Community College (Belcourt, ND) – $350,000; Bay Mills Community College (Brimley, MI) – $223,000, Stone Child College (Box Elder, MT) – $350,000, Chief Dull Knife College (Lame Deer, MT) – $150,000, Fort Belknap College (Harlem, MT) – $180,000, Blackfeet Community College (Browning, MT) – $350,000, Salish Kootenai College (Pablo, MT) – $300,000, Little Bighorn College (Crow Agency, MT) – $350,000, Fort Peck Community College (Poplar, MT) – $153,125.

USDA Rural Development’s mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents.

Further information on rural programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA’s web site at

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