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Oklahoma Tribal Nations awarded $24 million in USDA grants for internet access, education

Oklahoma State University

The Choctaw Nation, College of the Muscogee Nation and the Cherokee Nation are receiving grants for internet connectivity, education access and tribal language preservation.

The grants are through the U. S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development and most of the money is going to the Choctaw Nation, which got two grants.

The nation received a $22.3 million-grant to install high speed internet through the nation and $558,000 for Choctaw language courses.

Kenneth Corn, Oklahoma’s USDA rural development director, said he wants to use USDA resources to bring investments to Tribal Nations.

“I want every Tribal Nation in Oklahoma to have the opportunity to share in this historic level of investment and opportunities of economic growth as well,” Corn said.

The College of the Muscogee Nation received a $334,000-grant to support higher education and $1 million is going to the Cherokee Nation to deliver science, technology and mathematics classes, and language courses to high school students

Corn said Tribal Nations who are interested in working with USDA can contact the State Rural Development office to sign up for the Oklahoma Tribal Opportunity Partnership Summit.

This report was produced by the Oklahoma Public Media Exchange, a collaboration of public media organizations. Help support collaborative journalism by donating at the link at the top of this webpage.

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