Land Grant/ExtensionUnited Tribes Technical College
UTTC Land Grant’s mission is to improve the quality of life through culturally appropriate and scientifically-based education that will strengthen Tribal communities, sustain natural resources, and promote healthy lifestyles for citizens of Tribal nations.
In 1994 the US Congress passed legislation establishing the Tribal College Land Grant program with funds available through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Institue of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). This opened the door for tribal colleges and universities to participate in the Land Grant federal legislation that previously had been reserved for state institutions established in 1862 and historically Black Colleges and Universities established in 1890.
Extension Program Descriptions
The goal of UTTC Land Grant Extension is to deliver relevant, research-based food, land, and agriculture education that has a positive impact on the health and well-being of all citizens.
- Identify and prioritize the needs of the people and Tribal communities we serve
- Create and/or maintain culturally sensitive, research-based food, nutrition, agroecology, and life skills curricula
- Effectively deliver programming to our target audiences
- Evaluate the needs and concerns of the campus community, Tribal communities, and individuals; and adapt or change program and program staff to address priority issues
Nutrition professionals, including registered dieticians, offer classes, workshops, presentations on a variety of topics related to food and nutrition with an ultimate goal of optimal health and wellness.
UTTC Extension supports healthy people and healthy communities. The Lifeskills educational materials are designed for use by individuals, families, and educators. Publications, curriculum, and resources offer indigenous cultural context in the areas of money matters, relationships, family, home, self and worksite wellness.
Food safety experts provide hands-on cooking workshops, 1-day ServSafe© classes, and food handling certification to increase knowledge and awareness of food safety. Please contact us for class and workshop schedules.
Traditional gardening techniques are used and taught to enhance food sovereignty for all people. Agroecology staff create and maintain several gardens on campus all serving a variety of purposes; a kids garden is a teaching tool for elementary students, a community garden provides space for individuals and families to grow their own produce, a kitchen garden produces bushels of produce used in the Culinary Arts/Foodservice Associates Degree Program, research plots to enhance growing and procurement of local indigenous foods, as well as a cafeteria garden to promote garden to table programs.