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Dec 3, 2019

Tester Secures Nearly $700,000 For Five Montana Tribal Colleges

Funds will go towards campus improvement projects

U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced today that $663,106 in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Tribal College Initiative Grants have been awarded to five Tribal Colleges across Montana for much-needed campus improvement projects.

“Every Montanan deserves access to a quality education, and Tribal Colleges play a critical role in making sure that Native students get the tools they need to succeed in a 21st century economy,” said Tester, a long-time member and former Chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. “These investments will provide much-needed facility upgrades that will allow these Colleges to focus on what they do best: helping their students thrive.”

The funding will go to support projects at the following colleges:

  • Aaniiih Nakoda College: $125,000 to renovate a college classroom and convert it to a science lab.
  • Blackfeet Community College: $137,702 for campus improvement projects, including paving a parking lot and painting four campus buildings.
  • Stone Child College: $125,000 to purchase materials and equipment, including a gym score board, exercise equipment, steel doors, and computers.
  • Chief Dull Knife College: $137,702 to buy equipment for the STEM lab, including computers, protective floor mats, and tables.
  • Salish Kootenai College: $137,702 to update college vans and purchase heavy duty lawn mowers.

Tester has long been a champion for Montana’s Tribal Colleges and Universities and has consistently fought to see their operations receive the support they need to best serve their students and communities. Just last month, Tester led 37 of his colleagues in sending a letter to Senate Leadership demanding the renewal of critical federal funding for Montana’s TCUs.

He also recently secured $3.5 million for Chief Dull Knife College to expand its STEM program and provide critical environmental assessment research to the community as well as $3.5 million for Salish Kootenai College’s Indigenous Research Center.

Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.

Billings

Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768

Bozeman

Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647

Butte

Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586

Helena

Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462

Kalispell

8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974

Missoula

130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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