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Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma Awarded College and Career Readiness Grant

The Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma, represented on both REL Southwest’s Oklahoma Rural Schools Research Alliance and Governing Board, is one of more than 30 tribes to receive a grant under the U.S. Department of Education's new Native Youth Community Projects program. This program seeks to promote college and career readiness among Native American students.

The Absentee Shawnee Tribe shares the grant with three other tribes—the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, and the Northern Cheyenne Tribe—as part of the Tribal Education Departments National Assembly. The grant will be used to develop, test, and demonstrate the effectiveness of services and supports to improve the college and career readiness of Native American students in grades 6–9, with a focus on students' successful transition to high school.

Read the U.S. Department of Education press release to learn more.