The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community awarded a 2013 educational grant of $149,000 to benefit American Indian students. The Maricopa County Community College District, Mesa Community College and Scottsdale Community College receive equal portions of the grant money, which comes from Tribal gaming proceeds. As part of the Arizona Tribal-State Gaming Compact, 12 percent of a Tribe’s total annual contribution is distributed by the Tribe to government services that benefit the general public.
Yvonne Honeyestewa, manager of MCC’s American Indian Center, said the money will be used for scholarships, meal plans, transportation and resources for multimedia platforms.
“This grant provides more opportunities for our American Indian students to be successful,” Honeyestewa said. “We can help more students achieve their academic goals.”
MCC’s American Indian Center is allocating a portion of the money to create student-produced documentaries on American Indian culture and traditions. Students will travel to home areas to film scenes for the documentaries.
“MCC’s Hoop of Learning students are working on a documentary to be completed in September,” said Eddie Webb, author of the grant for MCC and multimedia coordinator. “We are also starting a Film Club that will meet regularly at the college.”
Additionally, the Institute will hold retention and support services events throughout the academic year, inviting prestigious guests to campus as well as other events that support American Indian students.
MCC has the largest number of American Indian students of all community colleges in the state. More than 1,200 American Indian students attended MCC during the 2012 fall semester.
For more information, visit: https://www.mesacc.edu/students/american-indian-center
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