HUD Archives: News Releases

HUD No. 10-203
Joel Manske, ND Field Office Director
(701) 293-2828
For Release
September 24, 2010


FARGO - U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today awarded $6.3 million to eight Tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) to help build, renovate, expand and equip their own facilities, and to expand the
role of TCUs into the community through the provision of needed services such as health programs, job training,
and economic development activities. In North Dakota, Forth Berthold Community College, New Town and Sitting
Bull College, Fort Yates was awarded a total of $1.6 million. The funding announced today is provided through
HUD's Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP). For more information go to the external website (

"These institutions of higher learning are investing in building minds as well as their local communities," said
Donovan. "HUD is working with these colleges and universities to help enhance their learning environments as they devote themselves to shaping the next generation of leaders who will benefit from and build on what we do today."

North Dakota Tribal colleges awarded funding were:

Fort Berthold Community College, New Town - $800,000
Fort Berthold Community College intends to use its Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP) grant to:
re-shingle the roofs of Phase I and Phase II college construction projects; renovate the business office; and construct a four-plex faculty housing unit. The target population is the students of the Fort Berthold Community College and advanced degree faculty as well as the population of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation. Fort
Berthold hopes that this project will provide both enhanced learning environments and service delivery leading to improved graduation rates, retention rates, course completion rates and higher transfer rates, as well as increased student enrollment. In addition, the college will provide a sustainable community by renovating and constructing facilities that are in accordance with green and healthy design principles.

Sitting Bull College, Fort Yates - $800,000
Sitting Bull College (SBC) intends to use its Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP) grant for its efficiency apartments project, which will consist of a 5,000-square-foot structure that will house three efficiency units for females and three for males. Each unit will house four students for a total number of 24. The master plan for the college has been developed in phases. In 1998, with the purchase of 160 acres of land, building the new campus began. To date, the college has raised $22 million of an ambitious $40 million campaign to construct its new campus on a hill overlooking the Missouri River, home to native people for thousands of years.

To be eligible to apply for funding, TCUs must meet the definition of a TCU established in Title III of the 1998 Amendments to the Higher Education Act of 1965. In addition, all applicants must offer two- or four-year degrees
and be fully accredited, or be a candidate for accreditation, by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. HUD's grants will help these institutions undertake a wide variety of activities. These activities include, but are not limited, to the following:

  • Building a new facility (for example, classrooms, administrative offices, health and cultural centers,
    gymnasium, technology centers, and so forth).
  • Renovating an existing or acquired facility.
  • Expanding an existing or acquired facility.
  • Equipping university facilities (laboratory equipment, library books, and furniture).
  • Property acquisition.
  • Health screening.
  • Technical assistance to establish, expand, or stabilize microenterprises.
  • Crime, alcohol and/or drug-abuse prevention activities.
  • Youth leadership development programs/activities.
  • Tutoring/mentoring programs.
  • Childcare/development programs.
  • Cultural activities/programs.
  • Up to 20 percent of the grant may be used for payments of reasonable grant administrative costs related
    to planning and executing the project.


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