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UTTC Land Grant's mission is to improve the quality of life through culturally appropriate and scientifically-based education that will strengthen Tribal communities, sustain natural resources, and promote healthy lifestyles for citizens of Tribal nations.

In 1994 the US Congress passed legislation establishing the Tribal College Land Grant program with funds available through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the National Institue of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). This opened the door for tribal colleges and universities to participate in the Land Grant federal legislation that previously had been reserved for state institutions established in 1862 and historically Black Colleges and Universities established in 1890.

The UTTC Land Grant program functions in four (4) areas: 


Endowment is interest funds shared by accredited TCUs holding the 1994 Land Grant designation.  That designation allows TCUs to write for competitve USDA/NIFA grants in the areas of nutrition, agriculture, and community developement.


Extension grants are capcity building, competetive funding opportunities that concentrate on food & agriculture through education extended into communities to address tribal community needs. UTTC Extension focuses on nutrition, food safety, agroecology, & food sovereignty.


UTTC Land Grant research programs work with partners to investigate, study, and experiment in the food and agriculture sciences. USDA supports tribal colleges to work toward becoming centers of scientific inquiry.


UTTC’s Education (Equity) program prepares students for employment in or away from the tribal communities in careers that meet the USDA focus areas of food systems and health as it relates to nutrition.

UTTC Land Grant Program