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Tribal colleges in White Earth, Red Lake each get $2.5 million in STEM funding

DETROIT LAKES - Happy Valentine's Day to tribal colleges in White Earth and Red Lake. They each received $2.5 million in federal funding to expand their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs.

On Feb. 14, U.S. Senators Tina Smith, a member of the Senate Indian Affairs and Education Committees, and Amy Klobuchar (both D-Minn.) announced funding for White Earth Tribal and Community College and Red Lake Nation College to expand their STEM programs. The funding comes from the National Science Foundation and is part of a larger project to promote education and careers in STEM for Indigenous students.

"STEM education has never been more important as the demand for STEM-trained employees has soared," Smith said in a news release. "This funding will provide accessible pathways for native students to pursue higher education and serve their communities - all while integrating tribal cultural heritage and roots into their curriculum."


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