WEATHERFORD — The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, through its tax commission, recently presented a $500,000 check to the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal College, located on the campus of its partner institution, Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford.
Cheyenne and Arapaho Gov. Janice Boswell made the presentation to Chief Lawrence Hart, chairman of the board of regents for the tribes.
Henrietta Mann, president of the tribes, said the presentation was another historically jubilant day for the tribal college in terms of its continuing development.
“With this significant appropriation, the Cheyenne and Arapaho people are making a major investment in the future higher education of their youth,” Mann said. “We are humbly thankful.”
In late 2003, the Cheyenne and Arapaho people through a resolution directed the tribal government to establish a tribal college.
Quinton Roman Nose, then-director of the Tribal Department of Education, was charged with putting the process into place.
With the creation of a board of directors/regents, planning resulted in a partnership between the board and SWOSU under former president John Hays.
Two highlights in its brief history include opening ceremonies on Aug. 25, 2006, and the inauguration of Mann as its first president on April 3, 2008.
Aside from its mission of providing a quality education for its students, CATC is working toward membership in the American Indian Higher Education Consortium and eventual accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.
“Although there is much work to be done, this small college is an exceptional vision consistent with the sovereign status of the Cheyenne and Arapaho people who have always placed a high value upon education,” Mann said.
Brian Adler is vice president of public relations and marketing for SWOSU.