Haskell Indian Nations University is getting a technological boost.
Microsoft, in conjunction with the American Indian Science Technology Consortium, is giving money to three tribal colleges, including Haskell.
Haskell will receive $25,000 in cash to create technology programs and $500,000 worth of software and training assistance.
The donation is to help provide high-tech opportunities and create a technology base at the university.
Northwest Indian College in Bellingham, Wash., and Salish-Kootenai Tribal College in Pablo, Mont., will also receive donations.
``Creating access to technology, especially in disadvantaged communities, is very important to Microsoft,'' said Barbara Dingfield, director of community affairs at Microsoft.
``This is a terrific program that will add greatly to both the educational environment and the tribal community at large. We look forward to the seeing all the results.''
The American Indian Science Technology Consortium was created in 1994 by the National Aeronautics and Space Agency to increase the number of American Indian students completing degrees in math and science.
It creates a partnership between tribal colleges and larger universities to share knowledge and resources.