Ute tribe, college finalize educational agreement | PostIndependent.com

Ute tribe, college finalize educational agreement

The Northern Ute Indian Tribe and Colorado Mountain College are signing an agreement this week in Fort Duchesne, Utah, to help each other and share each other’s resources.One aspect of the agreement allows any enrolled member of the Ute Indian Tribe to go to Colorado Mountain College for the same tuition as students who live in the college’s district – $41 per credit hour (tuition is $69 per credit hour for Coloradans who live outside the district and $220 per credit hour for those with residency outside the state).The college hopes to sign similar agreements with the Ute Mountain Utes in Towaoc, Colo., and the Southern Utes in Ignacio, Colo.The Colorado Mountain College District covers 6,600 square miles in six counties, with 13 locations across western Colorado. Much of the district is the same area that was home to the Utes before they were driven off the land and onto reservations after gold was reported in the territory in the 1850s.The program goes a lot further than just providing the opportunity for a good deal on tuition. CMC and the Ute tribe will be working in many ways to help each other including:-Cooperatively identifying and securing funding to support the implementation of educational and training programs for Ute Indian students in the technical, scientific and business fields.-Building a network of professional, academic and research resources to assist Native American students, tribes, educators and professionals.-Working to establish American Indian Resource Centers, in selected CMC locations, which can counsel, advise and support American Indian students in their professional growth and development and enhance the opportunities for academic success.-The Indian Tribe will provide undergraduate students with internship opportunities to work on scientific, medical, educational, engineering, technical computer technology and business projects, when funding is available.-The Ute Indian Tribe will work to provide programming and instructional guidance to develop a Ute Native American Studies Program.-The Ute Indian Tribe will assist in the development of an employee pool to fill the needs at CMC with teachers, administrators and counselors.-The Ute Tribe will actively pursue the development of cultural exchange activities.For the complete story go to http://www.coloradomtn.edu/02/0425uteagreement.html

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