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.

 The UTTC Land Grant program functions in four (4) areas: 


Endowment funds are distributed annually to each Tribal College or University with Land Grant designation, in lieu of land for which state Land Grant institutions (1862 and 1890) received to support food & agriculture education, research and extension. 


Extension grants are capcity building, competetive funding opportunities that concentrate on food & agriculture through education extended into communities to address tribal community needs. UTTC Extension focuses on nutrition, food safety, agroecology, & food sovereignty.


Research grants focus on scientific as well as behavioral science in which the research supports foundational knowledge & programs that address issues facing the long-term viability of food & agriculture in tribal communities.


Education/Equity grants provide program guidance & funding for food & agriculture science academic programs based in Tribal Colleges & Universities. Grant applications are submitted annually to the USDA NIFA. UTTC offers an Associates of Arts degree in Nutrition & Foodservice.  

UTTC Land Grant Program