SUPPORT FOR INDIAN GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP ASSISTANCE THROUGH THE AMERICAN INDIAN GRADUATE CENTER

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WHEREAS: The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC) of Albuquerque, New Mexico, had assisted over 3,500 American and Alaska Native college students in all areas of graduate and professional study since 1969, and

WHEREAS: Indian professionals will continue to be needed by tribes and Indian communities to help improve the lives of Indian people, develop economic self-suffiency, and promote tribal sovereignty, and

WHEREAS: AIGC has successfully administered the BIA’s “Special Higher Education (Graduate) Program” for Indian college students since 1972.

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED: The National Indian Education Association hereby urges Congress to support graduate fellowship assistance for American Indians through AIGC by appropriating $3.5 million for the BIA’s “Special Higher Education Program” by FY ’93, and

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED: NIEA also urges foundations and corporations to promote graduate and professional education for American Indians by supporting the American Indian Graduate Center.

CERTIFICATION

I hereby certify that the foregoing resolution was duly considered by the National Indian Education Association assembled at its annual Conference in Omaha, Nebraska at which a quorum was present and the same passed by a vote of __ in favor and __ opposed, this 30 day of October 1991.

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