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Minneapolis, Minnesota

September 26-27, 2017

Tribal Community Perspectives on Higher Education

A research, data, and experience-driven discussion of how higher education serves tribal communities and their students, and opportunities to enhance the benefits that post-secondary institutions provide to tribal communities and students.

Featured presenters include:

  • President Neel Kashkari, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
  • President Carrie Billy, American Indian Higher Education Consortium
  • President Barry Dunn, South Dakota State University
  • Dean Stacy Leeds, University of Arkansas School of Law
  • Dr. Bryan McKinley Jones Brayboy, Arizona State University
  • Dr. Chris Meyer, Coeur d'Alene Department of Education

A college degree is associated with significant income gains for all workers, including American Indians and Alaska Natives, but rates of college attendance and completion among American Indians and Alaska Natives are far below the national average. Even those who complete college typically earn less than their non-Native peers. Public university research and technical assistance programs may also struggle to appropriately meet the needs of tribal communities. Research and community-based evidence on these gaps and on promising solutions will be highlighted. Participants will identify opportunities for improvement, including specific research, data, and action plans for post-conference follow-up.


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