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08/28/95

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Stanford to help plan new Native American Education Programs

STANFORD -- Stanford University's American Indian Program Office will participate in a major W.K. Kellogg Foundation initiative designed to help colleges and universities create new learning opportunities for Native Americans.

The effort targets 29 Indian-controlled colleges, along with dozens of mainstream institutions that enroll high numbers of Native Americans.

As part of the $1.51 million first phase of the grant, the Stanford program will receive $150,000 to coordinate, along with Dartmouth College, the National Institute for Native Leadership in Higher Education. The institute, which includes members from more than three dozen colleges and universities, will develop new ideas for potential projects and lay the groundwork for future partnerships to be financed in phase two of the project, which begins in 1997.

During the 18-month first phase, 29 tribal colleges also will receive $30,000 grants for a "visioning" period, allowing them to work jointly with the national institute.

"The Kellogg initiative will add a tremendous boost to the efforts under way in increasing the retention of American Indian students in colleges and universities across the country," said Benny Shendo, director of the American Indian Program Office at Stanford and the co-coordinator of the national institute.

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