Two Arizona, Three New Mexico colleges getting fed education money

Washington (AP) October 2010

Federal education money is headed to tribal colleges in Arizona and New Mexico.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced last week that 63 grants totaling nearly $53 million are being distributed from the American Indian Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities Program.

Duncan says the grants will provide funding to improve and strengthen the academic quality of eligible institutions.

In Arizona, the Tohono O’odham Community College is getting $1.7 million and the Dine College $4.9 million.

In New Mexico, $2.1 million in grant money is going to the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute and the Navajo Technical College. The Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe was awarded $695,000.