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Published On: Fri, Aug 3rd, 2012

Shelly increases Educational Funding for Navajo students

Aug. 3 | By: Staff Writer/ Phoenix

WINDOW ROCK – Navajo officials met Friday morning, where the President signed two education funding bills, worth $4 million with hopes of investing in the younger generation.

The Navajo President said, this will boost the Nations image of sovereignty, adding, “The more our children become educated in our institutions, the stronger our sovereignty becomes because we are relying less on the non-reservation schools for our children’s future.”

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In a signing ceremony, President Shelly signed legislation CJY-41-12, which increases yearly funding for Navajo Technical College and for the Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship and Financial Assistance. Both are going get a boost of about $2 million each, a increase in funding.

Navajo Technical College Board of Trustee members and staff members and Council Delegate Danny Simpson, who sponsored the legislation attended the ceremony.

“This is a big investment for our Navajo people,” said Council Delegate Simpson. “This means a lot to the Navajo Nation.”

Elmer Guy, Navajo Technical College president, said he was thankful President Shelly signed the legislation.

“This is a reward for the college,” Guy said.

He added that in 2006 when the Navajo Nation created the Diné Higher Education Fund Grant, NTC has about 300 students. This fall semester, the college is expecting to enroll more than 1,500 students. The college offers classes at its main campus in Crownpoint, Chinle, Teec Nos Pos and through the Internet.

“We see a need on Navajo and we want to contribute to the economy,” Guy said.

The legislation increases the overall higher education funding for Diné College, NTC, and the Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship and Financial Assistance from $7.2 million to $11.2 million annually.

“Our children are our most precious resource and we must invest in their future,” President Shelly said.

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