Ed Department Funds 6 TCUs to Train Teachers

Nov 15th, 2005 | By | Category: 17-2: Sustainability, Tribal College News

The Office of Indian Education has announced 16 grants to train qualified individuals to become teachers and administrators in Indian communities. The Title VII discretionary grant program under the No Child Left Behind Act also provides resources to improve the skills of qualified Indians currently serving in the education field.

Of the 16 new grants, six involve tribal colleges: Diné College (DC, Tsaile, AZ), Fort Belknap College (FBC, Harlem, MT), Salish Kootenai College (Pablo, MT), Sitting Bull College (Fort Yates, ND), and United Tribes Technical College (UTTC, Bismarck, ND). (Some other colleges and universities have received funding under this program in the past and are continuing with those grants.)

Diné College received $242,605 to provide training programs to graduate new American Indian teachers and school administrators.

Most involve partnerships. Fort Belknap College received $325,000 grant to work with Montana State University-Northern (MSUN, Havre, MT) to recruit, train, and graduate new American Indian teachers. Fort Belknap College President Carole Falcon-Chandler (Gros Ventre) said she was delighted with the news. The last time that the partnership had a grant under this program, 23 students graduated, all of whom became employed.

Salish Kootenai College received a $278,392 grant. The college will work with the University of Montana-Western and the seven Montana Indian reservations and adjacent schools to recruit and train new teachers.

Sitting Bull College received a $296,112 grant to work with Sinte Gleska University (Mission, SD), to train American Indian teachers in elementary education and special education.

UTTC received two grants for its teacher education partnership with the University of North Dakota (UND, Grand Forks, ND). A $305,858 grant will help train 15 new elementary and secondary school principals for full state certification and licensure. A $297,704 grant will help 16 new Native American teachers earn their master’s degree and licensure in special education. Students involved in the partnership will complete their studies on the UND campus.

More information about Indian education is available from the Office of Indian Education at http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ods/oie/index.html.


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