USDA Supports TCU Rural Development with GrantsFeb 15th, 2007 | By tcj | Category: 18-3: Building Prosperity, Tribal College News
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development awarded nearly $4.7 million in Tribal College Initiative grants in September 2006 to 15 tribal colleges, according to an article in Indian Country Today.
- Sitting Bull College in North Dakota will use its $724,361 grant to build an entrepreneurial center;
- Bay Mills Community College in Michigan, $300,000 for administration building improvements;
- Leech Lake Tribal College in Minnesota, $139,800 for equipment purchases;
- Stone Child College in Montana, $300,000 for technology lab equipment purchases and vocational education;
- Blackfeet Community College in Montana, $300,000 for land purchase;
- Chief Dull Knife College in Montana will use its $300,000 grant to complete construction of an early childhood learning center;
- Fort Belknap College in Montana, $300,000 to design a cultural heritage project;
- Fort Peck Community College in Montana, $300,000 to build a dormitory;
- Little Big Horn College in Montana, $300,000 to build a tribal archives and college administration building;
- Salish Kootenai College in Montana, $300,000 for renovation and repair projects.
- The Institute of American Indian Arts in New Mexico will use its $200,000 grant to build a conference and academic center;
- Oglala Lakota College in South Dakota, $100,000 to make repairs to a campus building and water line and $225,000 for equipment and supply purchases;
- Sisseton Wahpeton College in South Dakota, $300,000 for heating and air conditioning renovations;
- Northwest Indian College in Washington, $300,000 to build a child care facility;
- College of Menominee Nation in Wisconsin, $300,000 to build a training and maintenance facility and install a sewer system.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development agency’s mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life in rural communities. As a venture capital entity, Rural Development has invested more than $72 billion since 2001 in home ownership, business development, and critical community and technology infrastructure. More than 1.2 million jobs have been created or saved through these investments, according to Rural Development.