Capay Valley tribe hopes to revive California tribal college

Davis, California (AP) July 2010

A Capay Valley Indian tribe is consulting with trustees of California’s only tribal college to see if they can help revive the struggling school.

Members of the Yocha Dehe Wintun (Yo-cha Dee-hee Win-toon) Nation say D-Q University could help reverse declining college enrollment and high school graduation rates among the state’s 450,000 American Indians.

The university, located on the outskirts of Davis, was largely shut down in 2005 after it lost its federal accreditation. A handful of students continued to occupy dorms and hold their own classes for several years before local law enforcement removed them.

D-Q University trustee Susan Reece says she is willing to work with Yocha Dehe, which owns the Cache Creek Casino Resort. But she said it could take several years for the college to be up and running again.




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