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11th Tribe Signs on to U of I Native American Collaboration Agreement

November 28, 2018

MOSCOW, Idaho — Nov. 28, 2018 — The University of Idaho has signed an agreement with an 11th Native American tribe to collaborate on improved educational opportunities for Native American students.

U of I and the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon signed the agreement this month to advise the university and President Chuck Staben on educational and service issues aimed at bolstering university-tribal relations.

“This latest agreement will build upon U of I’s strong relationship with the region’s tribal nations and will help promote collaborations among Native students, tribes and the university,” said Yolanda Bisbee, U of I’s chief diversity officer and executive director of tribal relations. “We look forward to working with the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation to further promote these efforts.”

Under the long-standing agreement, U of I recognizes the sovereign status of Northwest tribes and provides in-state tuition to tribal members in tribes that have signed the agreement. The latest signing establishes formal collaborations between U of I and the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation to strengthen educational and service opportunities for the tribe’s Native students.

U of I first entered into the agreement, called a memorandum of understanding, in 2007 with the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the Kalispel Tribe of Indians, the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, the Nez Perce Tribe, the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes, the Shoshone-Paiute Tribes of the Duck Valley Indian Reservation and the Spokane Tribe of Indians. The Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation became the 10th signatory in 2015.

As outlined in the agreement, the U of I President’s Native American Advisory Council meets twice a year to discuss issues related to Indian education, economic development, natural resources and other areas of interest to the tribes.

Media Contacts

Leanna Dann
Program Coordinator
Office of Tribal Relations

Brad Gary
University Communications and Marketing

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