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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


February 9 , 2002 - Issue 55


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School News


gathered by Vicki Lockard


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UM Gets Grant To Help Increase Number Of American Indian Pharmacy
The University of Montana School of Pharmacy has received a nearly $1 million grant to increase the number of American Indian pharmacy instructors and pharmacists.

The grant will support three fellowships for people who will be specifically trained as clinical instructors, and will teach UM pharmacy students in an eight-month program at Montana medical facilities. The fourth fellowship is a research-oriented position for a person who will work and teach on campus.

Besides full tuition, the students will be given extra funding to attend professional meetings and training outside the university.


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BIA schools targeted in Bush budget
The Bureau of Indian Affairs could be stripped of its historic role in the education of Native American children under a major initiative of President Bush's new budget.

Relying heavily on a Congressional report which found disparities in the academic levels of Indian students, the fiscal year 2003 budget, released on Monday, targets the BIA school system for significant changes. According to the White House Office of Management and Budget, the performance of 185 schools that educate 50,000 children throughout the country is "ineffective."

"Academic performance of many students at BIA schools is far below public school counterparts," the budget states.

To remedy the situation, Bush proposes to open the schools up to "competition." Tribes would first be given the opportunity to take over educational institutions through self-determination contracts, according to the budget.

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