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United Tribes included in Senate funding proposal
STATEMENT OF: David M. Gipp, United Tribes Technical College President
8 March 2011

      "United Tribes Technical College is grateful to be included in a budget proposal advancing in the U. S. Senate to fund the federal government for the remainder of fiscal year 2011. The proposal will make secure an essential portion of the college's funding for this year.

      A sizable portion of the college's operational funding was not contained in the language of the Continuing Resolution passed by the House of Representatives. Left out of the House bill was funding for Section 117 of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006. The act provides funding on a competitive basis for tribally controlled post-secondary career and technical institutions. United Tribes has been awarded a share of this funding since 1991 when the law was enacted.

      Carl Perkins funding represents 46 percent of the college's annual operational funding. These funds are supplemental to what UTTC receives from the Bureau of Indian Affairs under a self-determination contract. The college would have no practical way of making up for the loss of these funds.

      Without corrective action, this would be a potentially crippling cut to the educational services we provide. Over 1,450 people, including more than 1,100 students and nearly 350 employees depend on continued funding. UTTC students come from the poorest and most underserved locations in the United States.

      United Tribes is particularly appreciative of the efforts of Senator Kent Conrad, who advanced the Senate proposal, along with other Senate leaders, and including North Dakota U. S. Senator John Hoeven. The measure is also supported by North Dakota Congressman Rick Berg."


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