USDA PARTNERS WITH NORTH DAKOTA TRIBAL COLLEGES

USDA PARTNERS WITH NORTH DAKOTA TRIBAL COLLEGES

$793,000 awarded to five Tribal campuses

BISMARCK, ND – October 26, 2012 – (RealEstateRama) — Jasper Schneider, USDA Rural Development state director, today announced that all five Tribal colleges in North Dakota were awarded grants to improve campus infrastructure. Through the Tribal College Initiative Grant program, each college will receive a $158,656 grant.

“The projects announced today will improve Tribal campus safety and will make needed renovations to college facilities,” said Schneider. “These investments are important as our Tribal colleges provide educational opportunities that drive economic activity in their communities.”

Candeska Cikana Community College, Sitting Bull College, Turtle Mountain Community College, Fort Berthold Community College and the United Tribes Technical College will use the grant funding for projects such as: helping construct new offices for faculty, providing maintenance on existing structures, and upgrading security systems.

The USDA Rural Development Tribal grant program provides land-grant institutions with funds for outreach and education services to help meet the needs of Native American communities. Further information on this program and others is available by visiting USDA Rural Development’s web site at www.rurdev.usda.gov/nd.

Contact:
Samantha Evenson
(701) 530-2043

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The United States Department of Agriculture (informally the Agriculture Department or USDA) is the United States federal executive department responsible for developing and executing U.S. federal government policy on farming, agriculture, and food. It aims to meet the needs of farmers and ranchers, promote agricultural trade and production, work to assure food safety, protect natural resources, foster rural communities and end hunger in the United States and abroad.

Contact:

Weldon Freeman
Phone: (202) 690-1384

U.S. Department of Agriculture
1400 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20250

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