Leech Lake Tribal College announced it has been awarded $100,000 to increase capacity to prepare students for environmental careers and to inspire community engagement with environmental issues in the Leech Lake area.

The grant was from the American Indian College Fund Scholarly Emergence for Environmental Design and Stewardship program. The SEEDS program at LLTC will be led by Vikki Howard, dean of academics, and faculty member Melinda Neville.

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"With this support from AICF, we can strengthen and refocus our efforts at building environmental awareness about climate change and other challenges in our communities," said Howard in a news release. The grant will assist faculty earning their advanced degrees, integration of traditional ecological knowledge in STEM curricula-or science, technology, engineering and math-and redevelopment within math and forestry curricula. Additionally, the AICF grant will fund LLTC's summer internship program, supporting students and faculty engaged in place-based environmental research.

"The American Indian College Fund is one of the greatest supporters of Tribal Colleges. The SEEDS grant will help us meet our broad mission of serving the Leech Lake Nation as we work to develop our leadership in the area of environmental stewardship," LLTC President Patricia Broker said in the release.

To learn more about opportunities to support the Leech Lake Tribal College and its mission to provide accredited education grounded in Anishinaabe values, contact Ryan White at 218-335-4229 or ryan.white@lltc.edu, or visit www.lltc.edu.