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Minnesota tribal colleges to boost science offerings with $5 million in grants

Two Minnesota tribal colleges recently won millions in grant money from the National Science Foundation to offer more opportunities for Indigenous students to study sciences.

Red Lake Nation College and White Earth Tribal and Community College, both two-year schools, will each receive $2.5 million over five years. Officials at Red Lake plan to invest in training students in health and behavioral sciences, while White Earth will create an associate degree in natural sciences covering biology, chemistry and physics.

Allen Derks, a science faculty member at White Earth College, said the funding will have an impact on the Indigenous community, setting students up with the education they need to become nurses, doctors and environmental scientists.


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