Colorado May Cut Aid for Native American Students

January 18, 2010

Colorado legislators are proposing that limits be set on payments that have allowed Native American students to attend Fort Lewis College tuition-free, the Associated Press reported. The tuition waiver arises out of a 1911 treaty in which tribes agreed to give up land in return for a series of pledges, including one that the state create a college that Native American students could attend without paying. Advocates for curbing the program note that no limits were placed on it, so that out-of-state students or those with no connections to the tribes that gave up the land can still benefit. Others, however, say that the state should not go back on a rare example of an entity in the United States actually keeping a treaty provision pledged to Native Americans.

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