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Volume 2   April 2011

White House education officials hear from tribal colleges
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Montana: Tribal colleges and the White House officials are exploring ways to improve college graduation rates for Native American students.  Representatives from both groups recently met for discussions at Little Big Horn College.

"Tribal colleges are under-funded miracles," said David Yarlott, President of Little Big Horn College. "We work long hours without expectation for extra-compensation, because our heart is there for our students, because many of us were those students."

Yarlott said tribal colleges receive far less federal funds per student that most community colleges and universities

Kevin Jennings is the Assistant Deputy Secretary with the U.S. Department of Education. He said "what the tribes have done with, frankly, very little outside support is quite impressive.

"When you consider the very awful history this country has of educational institutions being used to exterminate languages and exterminate cultures of native people," he added, "I think having educational institutions that actually celebrate and affirm those cultures and languages is critical."

Part of the problem, Jennings says, is that federal money is not fairly distributed.

"It's not spread out evenly," he said, "There's some communities that get a lot less than others, and no community exemplifies that more than Native American communities and tribal colleges."

Jennings said America spends more money on education than any country in the world, but rank only 10th in graduation rates. He believes that to improve, we must focus on populations with the lowest  rates.

"Educational disparities tend to start very very early," Jennings said, "and if we don't intervene early people don't even make it in to the college pipeline."

Tribal Colleges
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Alaska Washington Kansas
Ilisagvik College
P.O. Box 749
Barrow, Alaska 99723
907-852-3333
Toll-free (Alaska only): 1-800-478-7337
fax: 907-852-2729
webspace.ilisagvik.cc/
Northwest Indian College
2522 Kwina Road
Bellingham, WA 98226
360-676-2772
fax: 360-738-0136
www.nwic.edu
Haskell Indian Nations University
155 Indian Avenue
P. O. Box 5030
Lawrence, KS 66046-4800
785-749-8479
fax: 785-749-8411
www.haskell.edu
Michigan Minnesota South Dakota
Bay Mills Community College
12214 West Lakeshore Drive
Brimley, MI 49715
906-248-3354
fax: 906-248-3351
www.bmcc.edu


Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College
111 Beartown Rd, PO Box 519
Baraga, Michigan 49908
906.353.4600
fax: 906.353.8107
www.kbocc.org

Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College
2284 Enterprise Drive
Mount Pleasant, MI 48858
989-775-4123
fax: 989-772-4528
www.sagchip.edu
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
2101 14th Street
Cloquet, MN 55720-2964
218-879-0800
fax: 218-879-0814
www.fdltcc.edu

Leech Lake Tribal College
Rt. 3, Box 100
Cass Lake, MN 56633
218-335-4200
fax: 218-335-4215
lltc.edu

White Earth Tribal and Community College
210 Main Street South
P. O. Box 478
Mahnomen, MN 56557
218-935-0417
fax: 218-935-0423
www.wetcc.org

Oglala Lakota College
490 Piya Wiconi Road
Kyle, SD 57752
605-455-6022
fax: 605-455-6023
www.olc.edu

Sinte Gleska University
P. O. Box 409
Rosebud, SD 57570
605-856-5880
fax: 605-856-5401
www.sintegleska.edu

Sisseton Wahpeton College
P. O. Box 689
Sisseton, SD 57262
605/698-3966
fax: 605/698-3132
www.swc.tc/

Nebraska

Wyoming
Nebraska Indian Community College
College Hill
P. O. Box 428
Macy, NE 68039
402-837-5078
fax: 402-837-4183
www.thenicc.edu

Little Priest Tribal College

P. O. Box 270
Winnebago, NE 68071
402-878-2380
fax: 402-878-2355
www.lptc.bia.edu/
Wind River Tribal College
P.O. Box 8300
Ethete, WY 82520
307.335.8243
fax: 307.335.8148
www.wrtribalcollege.com
Wisconsin Arizona

Diné College
P. O. Box 126
Tsaile, AZ 86556
928-724-6671
fax: 928-724-3327
www.dinecollege.edu


Tohono O'odham Community College

P.O. Box 3129
Sells, AZ 85634
520-383-8401
fax: 520-383-8403
www.tocc.cc.az.us

Oklahoma
College of Menominee Nation
P. O. Box 1179
Keshena, WI 54135
715-799-5600
fax: 715-799-1308
www.menominee.edu

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College
13466 West Trepania Rd
Hayward, WI 54843
715-634 4790
fax: 715-634-5049
www.lco.edu

College of the Muskogee Nation
600 N Mission
Okmulgee, OK 74447
918-758-1480
fax: 918.293.5313
www.mvsktc.org

Comanche Nation College
1608 SW 9th Street
Lawton, OK 73501
580.591,0203
fax: 580.353.7075
www.cnc.cc.ok.us

New Mexico
Institute of American Indian Arts
83 Avan Nu Po Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505
505-424-2300
fax: 505-424-0050
www.iaia.edu/
Navajo Technical College
P. O. Box 849
Crownpoint, NM 87313
505-786-4100
fax: 505-786-5644
www.navajotech.edu
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute
P. O. Box 10146
9169 Coors Road, NW
Albuquerque, NM 87184
505-346 2347
fax: 505-346-2343
www.sipi.edu
North Dakota
Cankdeska Cikana (Little Hoop) Community College
P. O. Box 269
Fort Totten, ND 58335
701-766-4415
fax: 701-766-4077
www.littlehoop.edu/
United Tribes Technical College
3315 University Drive
Bismarck, ND 58504
701-255-3285
fax: 701-530-0605
www.uttc.edu
Turtle Mountain Community College
P. O. Box 340
Belcourt, ND 58316
701-477-7862
fax: 701-477-7807

www.turtle-mountain.cc.nd.us
Fort Berthold Community College
220 Eighth Avenue North
P. O. Box 490
New Town, ND 58763
701-627-4738
fax: 701-627-3609
www.fortbertholdcc.edu
Sitting Bull College
1341 92nd Street
Fort Yates, ND 58538
701-854-3861
fax: 701-854-3403
www.sittingbull.edu
Montana"
Blackfeet Community College
P. O. Box 819
Browning, MT 59417
406-338-7755
fax: 406-338-3272
www.bfcc.org
Chief Dull Knife College
P. O. Box 98
Lame Deer, MT 59043
406-477-6215
fax: 406-477-6219
www.cdkc.edu/
Fort Belknap College
P. O. Box 159
Harlem, MT 59526
406-353-2607
fax: 406-353-2898
www.fbcc.edu/
Fort Peck Community College
P. O. Box 398
Poplar, MT 59255
406-768-6300
fax: 406-768-5552
www.fpcc.edu

Little Big Horn College

P. O. Box 370
Crow Agency, MT 59022
406-638-3100 (main number)
fax: 406-638-3169
www.lbhc.edu
Salish Kootenai College
P. O. Box 117
Pablo, MT 59855
406-275-4800
fax: 406-275-4801
www.skc.edu

Stone Child College

RR1, Box 1082
Box Elder, MT 59521
406-395-4875
fax: 406-395-4836
http://www.stonechild.edu

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