Tribal colleges across the state play a critical role in providing many Montanans, Indian and non-Indian, a pathway to higher education and the ability to prepare for the workforce. These schools also provide rural communities with jobs, as well as contribute to the economic health of our state. However, Montana’s funding of students who attend tribal colleges lags significantly behind its investment in the rest of the Montana University System. Montana’s level of investment in college students should not differ based on where the education is received. Montana should provide the same investment in all students who are part of the overall public college system.
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