Tribe lands $2.4M grant - Will fund county educational partnership

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Shiles, Bob. “Tribe lands $2.4M grant – Will fund county educational partnership.” The Robesonian (Lumberton, NC). September 25, 2015


The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina will receive $2.4 million in federal money over the next four years to fund the Robeson County partnership aimed at improving education for American Indian students. The partnership is between The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNC-P), Robeson Community College and the Public Schools of Robeson County.

United States Rep. Richard Hudson was a key player in securing the grant for the tribe.

The funds, available through the United States Department of Education’s Native Youth Community Projects grant, will provide $480,707 in the first year of the four-year deal for the three partners to share. Each partner will have a different role in the project. Overall, the goal is to provide American Indian students with information and skills needed to get into college, and, as important, remain there.

Program coordinator for UNC-P’s Southeast American Indian Studies Program Lawrence Locklear noted that the retention rate for American Indians in colleges is less than other ethnic groups. He also said that enrollment of American Indians at UNC-P has declined over the past half-decade. 

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