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Is Haskell Indian Nations University’s New Windfall Just The Old TRIO Grant? No, It's Not.
A comment started us thinking: Is Haskell Indian Nations University’s new windfall, just the old TRIO grant? The same one it has received for many years?
We looked around to see if an announcement had been put out by President Obama’s Team, about Indian schools receiving new monies and found...well …..nothing…..
The TRIO grant is given to schools by the Federal Department of Education , Haskell has received it for the past several years.
If this is what Haskell has just received, then it adds nothing new to their budget and would be an awful way to deceive The Haskell Student Body, The Indian Communities that Haskell Students represent, it’s employees and the public as a whole ( including The Lawrence Journal World ).
The TRIO Grant could be used for The “new” Haskell Success Center….but ,isn’t that just the old TRIO program with a new name?
Is it the TRIO Grant or isn’t it the TRIO Grant?
The question remains, have the current “leaders” at Haskell Indian Nations University tried to pull one over on all concerned?
We have to add an addendum to this blog, we have found the answer to our question.
This just out from The U.S. Dept of Education: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced that 63 grant awards, totaling nearly $53 million, from the American Indian Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCU) Program will go to colleges and universities that serve American Indian students. The grant awards will provide funding to improve and strengthen the academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability of eligible institutions.
“Reforming Native education has never been more important,” Secretary Duncan said. “To do what is best for Native students, we must collaborate with people who know the students and communities. These grants will provide funding to help tribal colleges and universities offer high quality educational opportunities for American Indian students.”
And this from The Kansas City Star “We did not apply for this and we didn’t know we were getting it,” said Stephen Prue, university spokesman. “This was awarded to us based on our track record, on how we have spent other grant money in the past.”
Venida Chenault, a university vice president, said on Wednesday that Haskell has a long list of needs and the grant will go a long way to help “enhance the educational experience for our students.”
Haskell administrators have until the end of October to develop a plan for spending the money. That plan then has to be approved by the federal education department. Read more: http://www.kansascity.com/2010/09/30/2264499/surprise-grant-gives-haskell-a.html#ixzz119noqoCn