Via The San Carlos Apache Tribe announced its plan to create the San Carlos Apache College by August 2016 to the Gila Community College at its meeting on March 12.

Gail Haouzous of the San Carlos Apache Tribe told the board the tribe would use a $2.5 million grant to launch the project. The tribe also plans on remaining affiliated with Eastern Arizona College.

Haouzous said the tribe hopes to hire teachers from the Apache nation.

“We would like to have role models,” she said.

She said the tribe hopes education would help tribal members learn the skills required to start their own businesses.

The huge stumbling block – ongoing funding.

Senior Dean Stephen Cullen said the tribe does not have the same source of funding as the other campuses in the Gila Community College system.

“They asked me how we raise funds, I told them that was Gila County taxpayer funding, but they do not have a tax levy,” he said.

Haouzous said regardless, the tribe is moving forward.

“The driving factor will be the San Carlos Apache Tribe –we would like to eventually be an accredited Apache college,” she said, “We are in the process of selecting our board of regents and the president of our college.”
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