Hoeven Announces $2.6 Million For UTTC To Create An Intertribal Research & Resource Center

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs and a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $2.6 million to United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) to establish the Intertribal Research & Resource Center (IRRC). The center will allow for dedicated research faculty at the institution for the first time, which will enhance research efforts for programs which include science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects and agriculture. The IRRC will also enable faculty to provide training and outreach to tribes. 

Today’s $2.6 million, which is awarded through NSF’s Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP), is an initial investment. An additional $900,000 will be awarded to UTTC through 2023 for a total NSF investment of $3.5 million.

“NSF chose UTTC for this research center because the university is an important education and research resource for many tribes,” Hoeven said. “The center will enhance UTTC’s research capabilities and outreach efforts, leveraging the university’s expertise and bringing in additional faculty to serve Indian tribes throughout our region and nation.”