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Published March 06, 2013, 10:09 PM

Bill moving to House that would give $5 million to tribal colleges

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Lawmakers in North Dakota are considering a new bill that would give $5 million to tribal colleges.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Lawmakers in North Dakota are considering a new bill that would give $5 million to tribal colleges.

Senate Bill 2218 would give money, in the form of workforce development grants, to North Dakota's five tribal colleges.

The schools currently serve about 3,500 students. Supporters say the money is needed to combat the problem of high unemployment on Indian reservations.

The bill would help schools with job training, educational programs, and college recruitment.

Cynthia Lindquist, Cankdeska Cikana Comm. College Pres.: “As you know, North Dakota is booming right now and we are experiencing wonderful unemployment rates for the state and across the nation generally speaking but on Indian reservations, in particular in North Dakota, there are five reservations our unemployment rate average about 65 percent.”

The bill has been passed by the Senate, and will move to the House next week.

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