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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
Toll-free (Alaska only): 1-800-478-7337
fax: 907-852-2729
Northwest Indian College
2522 Kwina Road
Bellingham, WA 98226
fax: 360-738-0136
Haskell Indian Nations University
155 Indian Avenue
P. O. Box 5030
Lawrence, KS 66046-4800
fax: 785-749-8411
Michigan Minnesota South Dakota
Bay Mills Community College
12214 West Lakeshore Drive
Brimley, MI 49715
fax: 906-248-3351

Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College
111 Beartown Rd, PO Box 519
Baraga, Michigan 49908
fax: 906.353.8107

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

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

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

Oglala Lakota College
490 Piya Wiconi Road
Kyle, SD 57752
fax: 605-455-6023

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

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


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

Little Priest Tribal College

P. O. Box 270
Winnebago, NE 68071
fax: 402-878-2355
Wind River Tribal College
P.O. Box 8300
Ethete, WY 82520
fax: 307.335.8148
Wisconsin Arizona

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

Tohono O'odham Community College

P.O. Box 3129
Sells, AZ 85634
fax: 520-383-8403

College of Menominee Nation
P. O. Box 1179
Keshena, WI 54135
fax: 715-799-1308

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

College of the Muskogee Nation
600 N Mission
Okmulgee, OK 74447
fax: 918.293.5313

Comanche Nation College
1608 SW 9th Street
Lawton, OK 73501
fax: 580.353.7075

New Mexico
Institute of American Indian Arts
83 Avan Nu Po Road
Santa Fe, NM 87505
fax: 505-424-0050
Navajo Technical College
P. O. Box 849
Crownpoint, NM 87313
fax: 505-786-5644
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute
P. O. Box 10146
9169 Coors Road, NW
Albuquerque, NM 87184
505-346 2347
fax: 505-346-2343
North Dakota
Cankdeska Cikana (Little Hoop) Community College
P. O. Box 269
Fort Totten, ND 58335
fax: 701-766-4077
United Tribes Technical College
3315 University Drive
Bismarck, ND 58504
fax: 701-530-0605
Turtle Mountain Community College
P. O. Box 340
Belcourt, ND 58316
fax: 701-477-7807
Fort Berthold Community College
220 Eighth Avenue North
P. O. Box 490
New Town, ND 58763
fax: 701-627-3609
Sitting Bull College
1341 92nd Street
Fort Yates, ND 58538
fax: 701-854-3403
Blackfeet Community College
P. O. Box 819
Browning, MT 59417
fax: 406-338-3272
Chief Dull Knife College
P. O. Box 98
Lame Deer, MT 59043
fax: 406-477-6219
Fort Belknap College
P. O. Box 159
Harlem, MT 59526
fax: 406-353-2898
Fort Peck Community College
P. O. Box 398
Poplar, MT 59255
fax: 406-768-5552

Little Big Horn College

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

Stone Child College

RR1, Box 1082
Box Elder, MT 59521
fax: 406-395-4836

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