Grant awarded to support Native American education
By Greg Johnston
A nearly $900,000 grant from the Indian Education Division of the State Department of Education will provide UNM scholarships and support for American Indian students. The College of Education-based Institute of American Indian Education at UNM will administer the three-year grant, designed to increase the number of Native American schoolteachers and administrators.
“Native American teachers from the community tend to stay in the community,” said Joseph Suina, associate professor and IAIE director. “If Indian teachers provide a traditional role model by participating in the community, and at the same time are a professional role model, they show students it’s possible to be of two worlds and do well.”
Suina believes UNM is well prepared to train Native American educators. Including Suina, a native of Cochiti Pueblo, eight College of Education faculty members are Native Americans.
IAIE was created to respond to New Mexico’s critical need to improve academic achievement and reduce dropout rates of Native American students. The Institute will provide a forum for educators, scholars and tribal leaders to examine education issues facing American Indian communities.
Students must be Native Americans, intending to work in New Mexico, and either undergraduate, post-bachelor or graduate degree students working toward teaching or administration at the elementary or secondary level. Those interested in obtaining an administrative license must be eligible to enter into the licensure program or the graduate program in administration.
Tuition and fees, a textbook allowance, travel expenses and a $750 stipend each semester are provided.
For additional information, contact Joseph Suina at 277-7781.