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Sheryl Miller
(605) 330-4223

For Release
Wednesday
August 15, 2007

HUD AWARDS $3 MILLION TO TRIBAL COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
$600,000 to Oglala Lakota College

WASHINGTON - Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson announced $3 million in competitive grants to 5 Tribal Colleges and Universities under the Department's Tribal Colleges and Universities Program. The grants which are administered by HUD's Office of University Partnerships range from $392,000 to $600,000.

"Tribal colleges and universities grants provide the necessary resources needed to enhance the academic programs," said HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson. "These grants ultimately serve a vital role in their communities, often in
remote regions where few other services are available."

Tribal colleges and universities (TCU) use the funding to expand, renovate and equip their own facilities. TCUs are important partners in many communities, providing a means to address pressing social, educational, and economic needs. Many of these institutions serve remote regions and a growing number of local residents have come to
depend heavily on TCU-sponsored education, counseling, health, and economic development initiatives. These
grants encourage their efforts to make a difference in their communities.

Since 2001, HUD has awarded more than $20 million to TCUs to build new and/or improve their existing campus facilities.

Tribal colleges and universities awarded grants this year are:

 
Grant Amount
Sitting Bull College
$600,000
Cankdeska Cikana Community College
$599,309
Institution of American Indian Arts
$600,000
Fort Berthold Community College
$391,881
Oglala Lakota College
$600,000

The TCUP Program is one of several initiatives administered by HUD's Office of University Partnerships (OUP). Established in 1994, OUP is a catalyst for partnering colleges and universities with their communities in a shared search for answers to pressing urban problems. More information about OUP and its programs is available on the Internet at www.oup.org.

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