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September 25, 2015

$2 Million granted to New Mexico Native American schools -- KRQE

Friday, U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Reps. Steve Pearce, Ben Ray Luján and Michelle Lujan Grisham welcomed news that the Native American Community Academy (NACA) Foundation is receiving a highly competitive $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to launch and maintain five schools in New Mexico Native communities.

The funding will support five schools in Gallup, Santa Clara Pueblo, Shiprock, Eastern Cibola County and on the Navajo Nation. Based on a model pioneered by the Native American Community Academy in Albuquerque, the schools focus on preparing and encouraging Native American students to attend college while maintaining Native culture, language and community. A total of $472,806 will be awarded in the first year, and the grant is expected to be renewed at $523,222 for years 2-4 if the schools continue to meet the grant’s objectives. The network plans to serve a total of 1,080 students by the fourth year. -- 9/25/2015