TESTER EXAMINES HIGHER EDUCATION NEEDS IN INDIAN COUNTRY
Indian Affairs Committee also passes five bills, including Carcieri Fix
Tester emphasized the need to eliminate barriers that limit American Indians' access to college. Despite a doubling of Native college enrollment in the past 30 years, American Indians are still underrepresented at four-year postsecondary institutions and retention and graduation rates remain disproportionately low.
"We're not just talking about low scores on college admissions tests or low completion of high school course requirements. The fact is we're losing a good portion of Indian students before they graduate from high school," said Tester. "It's my belief that all Native children should have the option of going to college, and clearly that's not the case right now."
The Committee received testimony from
"The federal government's modest investment in tribal colleges is yielding a tremendous return," said Kipp. "BCC, along with all the tribal colleges, takes hope in a few pitiful dollars and shapes them into opportunity for educational success, healthier lives, revitalized languages and safer environments for our people."
In addition to Dr. Kipp, the Committee heard from Cheryl Crazy Bull, President of the
"We need our tribal colleges to remain open, to be financially viable and to grow as institutions, so we need your continued support for full funding for tribal colleges and their students," said Crazy Bull.
Prior to the hearing, the Committee held a business meeting and approved five bills: S. 919, the
S. 2188 -introduced by Tester and Senator
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