Published February 8, 2016
WASHINGTON– Diné College administrators and select students are in Washington, DC as part of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) Tribal College and University (TCU) Advocacy Week from February 8 -11, 2016.
The delegation will join 37 other TCU’s in the Nations Capitol in urging their state legislative leaders to support a collective higher education agenda, which includes support of the Higher Education Act. This act includes a TCU specific initiative for Forward Funding of the BIA Higher Education Program. The Colleges will converge on Capitol Hill on Tuesday and Wednesday to visit with their respective Congressional representatives through meetings set up by AIHEC.
Diné College will also use this week to gather support for the Diné College Act of 2015, which is due to be introduced into Congressional legislation this spring. This act will authorize $7 million in construction funding, which includes a much needed facilities study. The Act of 2015 will replace the Navajo Nation Higher Education Act, which expired in 2014.
Diné College participates in this legislative week each year. This year, the delegation includes:
· Dr. Martin Ahumada, Interim President
· Greg Bigman, President, Board of Regents
· Theresa Hatathli, Vice-President, Board of Regents
· Dr. Henry Fowler, Interim Provost
· Moroni Benally, Vice-President, Government Affairs and Public Relations
· Marie Etsitty-Nex, Executive Director, Communication and External Affairs
· Abraham Bitok, Dean, Student Development
· Lori Tapahonso, Senior Public and Community Relations Officer
· LaToyia Largo, Student Advisor and Miss Diné College Advisor
· Lilya Begay, Miss Diné College
· Nicole Yazzie, Vice-President, Associated Students of Diné College