Saginaw Chippewa Create Tribal College LibraryMay 15th, 2006 | By tcj | Category: 17-4: Reforming Our Schools, Native Style, Tribal College News
The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan is creating an extension of its tribal library services at the Tribal College Learning Resource Center Library. The tribe had chartered its tribal college in Mt. Pleasant, MI, in 1998, but until now, the college students had to use the tribal library. Having its own library will be important for the students and for the college’s accreditation efforts.
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools will be visiting the college April 9-11, 2007. In fall 2005, the college had 138 students, and 33 of them were full-time equivalent.
The new library will be managed by the tribal library and directed by a project team consisting of tribal and college staff. It will include a computer lab with Internet access, audiovisual equipment, new furnishings, library materials ranging from reference to cultural, and leisure reading materials.
The tribe received a $119,810 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (an independent federal grant-making agency) to create the new library center.