Goldbelt nonprofit gets education grant

Posted: Thursday, June 18, 2009

JUNEAU - The Goldbelt Heritage Foundation will receive $276,220 as part of a federal grant to improve education for American Indian children, the U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday.

The Goldbelt Heritage Foundation is a nonprofit arm of Goldbelt Inc., Juneau's urban Native corporation. The foundation focuses on language education.

Nearly $3.5 million was awarded to programs in 11 states to help children succeed in school.

"This is an opportunity to assist students who are, as I've seen for myself, some of the most motivated in any of our nation's schools," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who visited the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Montana last month.

In Alaska, the Cook Inlet Tribal Council and the Bering Straight School District received $260,289 and $291,293 respectively.

The money was awarded under the Demonstration Grants for Indian Children Program to help enhance both preschool preparation for American Indian children and efforts to prepare American Indian high school students to transition to and succeed in college or other post-secondary education options.

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