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CROWNPOINT, N.M. — Dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic is presenting unique challenges for higher education institutions, especially the Navajo Technical University because the Navajo Nation is the epicenter for the pandemic in Indian Country.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. –– Jim McQuillen, the Yurok Tribe’s Education Department Director, has become the first Yurok tribal citizen to serve on the California State Board of Education. 

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BOZEMAN, Mont. — Backed by $2.5 million in new federal grant funding, Montana State University plans to offer full-ride scholarships to American Indian and Alaska Native students who enroll in its College of Nursing. 

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DENVER, Colo. — Jeff Wilke, CEO of Worldwide Consumer at Amazon, and his wife Liesl Wilke, have been supporters of the College Fund for more than 20 years. Now, the Wilke Family Foundation has given the American Indian College Fund’s The TCU Computer Science Initiative a $1 million grant to promote opportunities for American Indian students pursuing careers in computer science.

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CHOCTAW, Miss.—The Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians said it will offer WiFi at all eight of its schools that are located on tribal lands. The Tribe utilized funds from the federal CARES Act funding to complete the project.

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Charity Offering Native Student Scholarships and College Readiness Programs to Increase Number of Native Americans With A Higher Education

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MARQUETTE, Mich. — Northern Michigan University plans to use $170,000 in new grant funding to help transition its Center for Native American Studies curriculum to an online format. 

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LAWRENCE, Kan. — Citing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Haskell Indian Nations University announced today that its administration has decided to shift exclusively to online/distance learning courses for the fall 2020 semester.  

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. — Bacone College announced it appointed Aaron Adson, a Bacone alumnus, as its new director of the Center for American Indians.

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CROWNPOINT, N.M. – As the pandemic looms over Indian Country, educational institutions are continuously revamping their courses in order to accommodate stay-home protocol and protect students and faculty. One of those schools, Navajo Technical University (NTU), switched to an emergency distance education model after the COVID-19 spiked back in March.