Two United Tribes Technical College students, Darla Pikyavit and Alex Alvarez, both of the Teacher Education program and President Russ McDonald attend events in the White House as part of National Tribal Colleges and Universites week.

The week of February 5 is dedicated as National Tribal Colleges & Universities Week.  17 state senators, including two from North Dakota, recognized tribal college communities operating on more than 75 campuses across the country. In North Dakota alone, thousands of students enroll each year in the state’s five tribal colleges: United Tribes Technical College, Turtle Mountain Community College, Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College, Sitting Bull College and Cankdeska Cikana Community College.

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp led a bipartisan group of 17 senators in commemorating the important work of educators, students, and higher education professionals at tribal colleges and universities nationwide by introducing a bipartisan resolution designating this week as National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week. The resolution passed unanimously in the U.S. Senate.

“It’s because of the dedication of tribal colleges and universities to each student – many of whom have to overcome overwhelming obstacles of poverty, trauma and abuse – and their commitment to helping students flourish that I introduced this bipartisan legislation honoring the work of these schools,” said Heitkamp. “It’s part of my mission in the Senate to help tribal colleges and universities pave a path toward a better future for Native kids."

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