Arizona tribal college getting $196K federal grant

Phoenix, Arizona (AP) September 2010

Twenty-two tribal colleges in nine states including Arizona have been awarded grants through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Tribal College Initiative Grant program.

The program provides land-grant institutions with funds for outreach and education services to help meet the needs of Native American communities.

In southern Arizona near Tucson, the Tohono O’odham Community College is getting a $196,600 grant.

The federal funding will be used to equip four classrooms with the latest in technological equipment and furniture to provide an adequate learning atmosphere for students and faculty.

The new center will be the central part of the distance learning program which tribal officials say is needed by the distant communities that form the Tohono O’odham Nation.