Native Village Youth and Education News
February 1, 2009 Issue 194 Volume 2
Native Colleges: America's Best Kept Secret
Senator Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), stumbled across a great disparity
while seeking appropriations for the Native American colleges. "It
was appropriations time and I was frankly shocked to discover that a
federally chartered college like Howard University, a school for
African American students, was getting $13,000 per student while the
Tribally Controlled Indian Colleges were getting only $1,700 per
student. Inouye made it his goal to close that gap.
Bordeaux also hopes for financial input from successful Indian
casinos. He said wealthy gaming tribes are an untapped source of
revenues that could open college doors for Indian people everywhere.
Bordeaux and Dr. Jim Wilson, an Oglala Lakota, dream of building an
American Indian University in the heart of the Black Hills. They
believe this university would strengthen Indian colleges rather than
weaken them. "All of the Indian colleges would be beneficiaries and
contributors to the American Indian University," Sen. Inouye said.
As Chairman of the Appropriations Committee, Inouye thinks he can
find the funds to make it a reality.
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