Youngsters from Theodore Jamerson Elementary School near a bus stop on Sisseton Street on the UTTC campus. United Tribes News photo DENNIS J. NEUMANN


BISMARCK (UTN) – Infrastructure at United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) will get a boost thanks to a grant from the federal government.

North Dakota U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp says funding will be made available to two North Dakota tribal colleges from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

UTTC and Sitting Bull College will receive USDA awards to make improvements on their campuses that help the colleges continue to “educate students both today and well into the future.”

“Achieving a higher education will help set students on a path to success throughout their lives,” said Heitkamp in a Nov. 1 announcement. “To make this happen, not only do students need a quality education, but also top-notch facilities to support their daily lives on campus.”

UTTC was awarded $140,196 to repair two roads on campus. Sisseton Street and Rocky Boy Lane will be upgraded from rural to urban streets, with better drainage, parking and lighting.

“This will also provide a better field of vision and enhance the safety of students and families on campus,” says Leander R. McDonald, PhD, UTTC President.

The Sisseton Street improvements are located near Theodore Jamerson Elementary School, the college’s K-7 elementary school attended by the children of college students. Rocky Boy Lane is the thoroughfare in front of the college’s Skill Center building, UTTC’s main career and technical education facility.

Sitting Bull College will use $140,196 to make infrastructure improvements, including paving and lighting on the northwest area of its campus at Fort Yates, ND.

The funds were made available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development’s Tribal College Initiative Grants program.