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1994 Land Grant Institutions


What are the 1994 Land Grant Institutions?
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Are there any education programs that are associated with the 1994 Land Grant Institutions?
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What is the Tribal Colleges Education Equity Grants Program?
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What is the Tribal Colleges Extension Services Program?
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What is the Tribal Colleges Research Grants Program?
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How does the USDA Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights partner with the 1994 Land Grant Institutions?
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What are the 1994 Land Grant Institutions?

The 1994 Land Grant Institutions (1994s) are Native American tribally-controlled colleges and universities that were granted land-grant status under an Act of Congress in 1994. The 1994 Land Grant Institutions, have missions to serve their consumers through higher education programs involving teaching, community outreach, and research. The 1994 Land Grant Institutions primarily serve Native American populations that are typically located in remote, underserved communities that lack access to higher education. They take special care to include cultural relevant curriculum and programs in their institutions so that Native American students and communities can take pride in their cultural and historical identity.

The 1994 Land Grant Institutions are:

  • Bay Mills Community College, Brimley, MI
  • Blackfeet Community College, Browning, MT
  • Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Fort Totten, ND
  • Chief Dull Knife College, Lame Deer, MT
  • College of Menominee Nation, Keshena, WI
  • Crownpoint Institute of Technology, Crownpoint, NM
  • D-Q University, Davis, CA
  • Diné College, Tsaile, AZ
  • Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, Cloquet, MN
  • Fort Belknap College, Harlem, MT
  • Fort Berthold Community College, New Town, ND
  • Fort Peck Community College, Poplar, MT
  • Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, KS
  • Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM
  • Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College, Hayward, WI
  • Leech Lake Tribal College, Cass Lake, MN
  • Little Big Horn College, Crow Agency, MT
  • Little Priest Tribal College, Winnebago, NE
  • Nebraska Indian Community College, Macy, NE
  • Northwest Indian College, Bellingham, WA
  • Oglala Lakota College, Kyle, SD
  • Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College, Mount Pleasant, MI
  • Salish Kootenai College, Pablo, MT
  • Sinte Gleska University, Mission, SD
  • Sisseton Wahpeton College, Sisseton, SD
  • Si Tanka University, Eagle Butte, SD
  • Sitting Bull College, Fort Yates, ND
  • Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, Albuquerque, NM
  • Stone Child College, Box Elder, MT
  • Tohono O'odham Community College, Sells, AZ
  • Turtle Mountain Community College, Belcourt, ND
  • United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck, ND
  • White Earth Tribal and Community College, Mahnomen, MN
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Are there any education programs that are associated with the 1994 Land Grant Institutions?

There are three competitive programs specifically available to the 1994 Land Grant Institutions. They are the Tribal Colleges Education Equity Grants Program, the Tribal Colleges Extension Services Program, and the Tribal Colleges Research Grants Program. These programs are administered by the USDA Cooperative State Research Education and Extension Service.

What is the Tribal Colleges Education Equity Grants Program?

The Tribal Colleges Education Equity Grants Program is designed to promote and strengthen higher education instruction in the food and agricultural sciences at the 33 Tribal Colleges designated as 1994 Land-Grant Institutions in the Equity in the Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994. Plans of Work should focus on undergraduate and/or graduate studies in the food and agricultural sciences in one or more of the following areas: Curricula Design and Materials Development, Faculty Development and Preparation for Teaching, Instruction Delivery Systems, Student Experiential Learning, Equipment and Instrumentation for Teaching, or Student Recruitment and Retention. Current information and applications can be found at www.csrees.usda.gov.

What is the Tribal Colleges Extension Services Program?

The Tribal Colleges Extension Services Program provides funding to (1) increase Extension program capacity at 1994 Land-Grant Institutions; and (2) address special needs, take advantage of important opportunities, and/or demonstrate long-term sustained benefits of Extension projects at 1994 Land-Grant Institutions. Awards are made to support one or more of the following Extension base program areas: Agriculture; Community Resources and Economic Development; Family Development and Resource Management; 4-H and Youth Development; Leadership and Volunteer Development; Natural Resources and Environmental Management; and Nutrition, Diet and Health. Current information and applications can be found at www.csrees.usda.gov.

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What is the Tribal Colleges Research Grants Program?

The Tribal Colleges Research Grants Program was initiated to assist 1994 Land-Grant Institutions to conduct agricultural research that addresses high priority concerns of tribal, national, or multi-state significance. Grants support investigative and analytical studies in the food and agricultural sciences. 1994 institutions may propose projects in any discipline(s) of the food and agricultural sciences. There are no limits on the specific subject matter/emphasis areas to be supported. Current information and applications can be found at www.csrees.usda.gov.

How does the USDA Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights partner with the 1994 Land Grant Institutions?

USDA coordinates its partnership with the 1994 Land Grant Institutions through the USDA Office of the Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights (OASCR). OASCR supports the USDA/American Indian Higher Education Consortium Leadership Group (AIHEC), a national advisory body that provides the strategic direction for the USDA/1994s partnership. OASCR also supports the USDA/AIHEC Liaison, who is responsible for facilitating collaboration between USDA and the 1994 Land Grant Institutions. Further, OASCR coordinates outreach to Native American communities by involving the 1994 Land Grant Institutions.

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