Department of Commerce Donates Computers

Feb 15th, 2001 | By | Category: 12-3: How to Build a Dream, Tribal College News

The U.S. Department of Commerce recently awarded computer workstations to 24 tribal colleges nationwide as part of the department’s Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) program serving historically black, tribal and Hispanic institutions.

Northwest Indian College (NWIC) President Dr. Tommy Lewis represented American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) institutions at the Department of Commerce’s October 18 presentation in Seattle. Students Rolene Curley and Douglas Bob also attended. Lewis said, “It’s very obvious that we need to be concerned with the digital divide, and these computers will help tribal college students get more hands-on learning experience in the classroom.”

Thirty computers were given to NWIC. The gift comes in response to a 1996 initiative by President Clinton requiring federal agencies to donate excess supplies, manpower, and technical assistance to schools and nonprofits, including colleges with largely minority student populations. NWIC is the only accredited tribal college in the Pacific Northwest. Located on the Lummi Reservation in Bellingham, Wash., it serves over 20 reservations.

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