Daily Inter Lake: Tribes to receive $500,000 for education

The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes will receive more than $500,000 in federal funds for educational programs, Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., announced Thursday.

Salish Kootenai College was awarded $220,000 through the Department of Agriculture’s Tribal College Research Grants Program.

The program helps tribal colleges build institutional research capacity through applied projects that address student educational needs and solve community, reservation and regional problems.

The tribes also were awarded $287,769 through the Department of Education’s State-Tribal Education Partnership program. The grant provides funding from 2015 through 2019.

The program provides funding to five Native American communities in Idaho, Montana and Oklahoma to develop culturally sensitive teaching strategies, curriculum materials and data-sharing that can improve attendance, raise graduation rates and reduce dropouts among youths.