Tester leads effort to designate National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week
Senator honors Montana colleges for ‘opening doors’ across Indian Country
(U.S. SENATE) – Senator Jon Tester is leading an effort in Congress to designate this week National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week in honor of Montana’s seven tribal colleges.
Each of Montana’s seven Indian Reservations is home to a tribal college that trains students for jobs while also teaching and preserving traditional tribal cultures.
The U.S. Senate is expected Monday to pass Tester’s bipartisan resolution designating the week of November 26 as National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week. Tester, Montana’s only member of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, said tribal colleges help improve the quality of life in Indian Country.
“Tribal colleges and universities open doors by providing a high-quality education that leads to good jobs, opportunity and hope across Indian Country,” Tester said. “Recognizing and honoring these schools helps ensure they get the support they need to continue preparing future generations of American Indian leaders to strengthen our economy and improve opportunities in Indian Country.”
Tester’s designation coincides with National Native Heritage Month and the 40th Anniversary of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium.
Tester’s bipartisan resolution designating the week beginning November 26 as National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week is available below.
There are 37 Tribal Colleges and Universities across 15 states, including Montana’s Blackfeet Community College, Chief Dull Knife College, Fort Belknap College, Fort Peck Community College, Little Big Horn College, Salish Kootenai College, and Stone Child College.