South Dakota bill to aid veterans at tribal colleges delayed

Pierre, South Dakota (AP) January 2011

A group of South Dakota senators has introduced a bill that would let American Indian veterans of the National Guard attend tribal colleges with state aid.

The bill would require the state to pay half the tuition for veterans attending a tribal college. Now, veterans get half-tuition at state public universities.

Senator Ryan Maher, a Republican who represents several counties on Indian reservations, says the bill would help veterans who feel a “cultural divide” at schools away from their reservation. But a state budget analyst says the bill could add new costs to an already strained budget and allow other private schools to push for similar funding.

The State Senate’s education committee discussed the bill Tuesday morning. It sent the bill to the Senate’s appropriations committee due to cost concerns.




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