November 30, 2012 - Issue: Vol. 158, No. 152 — Daily Edition112th Congress (2011 - 2012) - 2nd Session
NATIONAL TRIBAL COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES WEEK; Congressional Record Vol. 158, No. 152
(Senate - November 30, 2012)
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[Pages S7308-S7309] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] NATIONAL TRIBAL COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES WEEK Mr. LEVIN. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that the Senate proceed to the consideration of S. Res. 605, submitted earlier today. The PRESIDING OFFICER. The clerk will report the resolution by title. The assistant legislative clerk read as follows: A resolution (S. Res. 605) designating the week beginning November 26, 2012 as National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week. There being no objection, the Senate proceeded to consider the resolution. Mr. LEVIN. I ask unanimous consent that the resolution be agreed to, the preamble be agreed to, the motions to reconsider be laid upon the table, with no intervening action or debate, and that any related statements be printed in the Record. The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered. [[Page S7309]] The resolution (S. Res. 605) was agreed to. The preamble was agreed to. The resolution, with its preamble, reads as follows: S. Res. 605 Whereas there are 37 tribal colleges and universities operating on more than 75 campuses in 15 States; Whereas tribal colleges and universities are tribally or federally chartered institutions of higher education and therefore have a unique relationship with the Federal Government; Whereas tribal colleges and universities serve students from more than 250 federally recognized Indian tribes; Whereas tribal colleges and universities offer students access to knowledge and skills grounded in cultural traditions and values, including indigenous languages, which enhance Indian communities and enrich the United States as a whole; Whereas tribal colleges and universities provide access to high quality higher education opportunities for American Indians/Alaska Natives, and other individuals living in some of the most rural and economically depressed areas in the United States; Whereas tribal colleges and universities are accredited institutions of higher education that effectively prepare students to succeed in a global and highly competitive workforce; Whereas tribal colleges and universities have open enrollment policies that have resulted in 17 percent of students at tribal colleges and universities being non- Indians; Whereas tribal colleges and universities are simply and effectively providing access to quality higher education opportunities to residents of reservation communities and the North Slope; Whereas the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, the national organization established in 1973 by tribal colleges and universities, will be celebrating its 40th anniversary as the collective spirit and unifying voice of tribal colleges and universities of the United States; and Whereas the mission and achievements of tribal colleges and universities deserve national recognition: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate-- (1) designates the week beginning November 26, 2012, as ``National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week''; and (2) calls on the people of the United States and interested groups to observe the week with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs to demonstrate support for tribal colleges and universities. ____________________