Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) released the following statement after the House unanimously passed H.R.2486, the Fostering Undergraduate Talent by Unlocking Resources for Education Act (FUTURE Act). The FUTURE Act reauthorizes funding programs for minority-serving higher education institutions, including many in Indian Country, through fiscal year 2021.
“It is important to invest in higher education institutions that serve Indian Country,” said Mullin. “The College of Muscogee Nation in Okmulgee, the only tribal college in the state, and other institutions in my district, like Bacone College, Connors State College, Murray State College, and Northeastern State University, rely on this funding. Passing this legislation will directly benefit them and help them better serve Native students. I am proud to support this legislation and I hope for swift action from the Senate.”
Funding Levels for Indian Country in H.R. 2486:
- Tribal Colleges and Universities: $30 million (distributed by enrollment-based formula, $500,000 minimum per TCU)
- Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions: $15 million (competitive grant)
Native American Serving, Nontribal Institution: $5 million (competitive grant)