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Sinte Gleska University secures USDA grants

ANTELOPE LAKE –  Sinte Gleska University was recently awarded two U.S. Department of Agriculture grants under the Institute of Tribal Lands and Economic Development.

In collaboration with South Dakota State University, SGU will launch a 3-year program – “Igluwiyeya (Prepare One’s Self) – Pathways from Preparation to Graduation at Land-grant Institutions.”

The purpose of this program will be to provide guidance counseling and support services for Native American students to consider careers in land and natural resources. The Pathways Model will focus on college access and success at SGU and SDSU.

Funding for the program was established under a new USDA Farm Bill provision, New Beginnings for Tribal Students.

“With over 1.0 million acres of Tribal lands on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation, there is a need to grow our future talent to develop our land and natural resources,” said Shawn Bordeaux, Institute director.

“The partnership between South Dakota’s land grant institutions will create pathways for undergraduate and graduate education for our Native students,” he said

The second grant was awarded through the USDA Rural Development program to renovate SGU facilities. With nearly 50 years of physical growth, buildings are aging and require upgrading on two campus areas and downtown Mission, S.D.

“Our University needs quality learning environments,” said Phil Baird, SGU Provost/COO. “And the COVID-19 pandemic is motivating the University to accelerate its transition into virtual teaching and learning. We have a lot of work to do to plan for the future.”

The USDA grants support Sinte Gleska University as a 1994 Tribal land grant institution and its mission of Tribal nation-building. The University will be celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2021.

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