02.08.16

Daines Marks Beginning of National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Senator Steve Daines today marked the beginning of “National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week” by recognizing the critical role these institutions hold in providing access to high-quality postsecondary educational opportunities for Montana tribal members.  Montana is home to seven Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs).

Daines is an original cosponsor of the bipartisan “National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week” resolution that unanimously passed the Senate last week. On Wednesday, Daines will be meeting with the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) to discuss issues pertinent to the success of American Indian education. 

“I’m pleased to see the Senate recognize the importance of tribal colleges and universities to the future of Indian Country, Montana and our nation, said Daines, a member of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. “This week serves to raise awareness about the critical work being done by these institutions, including necessary educational and job-training services. I’m excited to continue working alongside our Native American leaders to provide the tools tribal members need to build a better future for Indian Country.” 

Daines has long been a strong supporter of TCUs. Last year, Daines announced several grants in educational funding for TCUs. In the House, Daines supported an amendment that improved education policies that support programs for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students under Title VII of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Additionally, Daines has requested prioritization of funding for TCUs to House and Senate leaders during the 113th and 114th Congresses.

The full text of the resolution can be found here.

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