Senate reauthorizes Dine College

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate voted to reauthorize Dine College for the next four years.

In a 52 to 47 vote on Oct. 27, the Senate approved the Budget Reconciliation Act of 2005, which included the Navajo Higher Education Act. This language authorized “such sums as are necessary” for infrastructure improvements throughout the college system that includes the Crownpoint Institute of Technology.

The Tsaile campus was struck by a power failure last year that left dorms and classrooms dark and unheated with students huddling around wood stoves for warmth. S.1932 also contained reauthorization language for the Tribal Colleges and University Act.

“I applaud the Senate action and thankful for their leadership to further Navajo higher education,” said Sharon Clahchischilliage, the Navajo Nation Washington Office executive director. “Dine College now has the support to build out and renovate its facilities.”

The House has its own version similar to S.1932, and is expected to come up for consideration soon.

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