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Nez Perce Tribe grant helps fund area school programs, counselor at CVES

Local schools will benefit from the generosity of the Nez Perce Tribe this coming school year.

The tribe will donate more than $375,000 in grants to area schools and education programs for the 2014-2015 school year.

“We appreciate the generosity of the tribe in helping Clearwater Valley Elementary School provide part of the funds for a school counselor,” said Mountain View School District 244 Superintendent Kent Stokes. “Without the help it would be difficult to fund that much-needed position.”

In the past the tribe has also supplied money to help CVES offer an all-day kindergarten program. This time around the tribe will help fund that program at Kamiah Elementary School.

The Indian Gaming and Self-Reliance Act requires the tribe to distribute 5 percent of net gambling revenue from its two casinos to schools on or near the Nez Perce Reservation. The tribe owns and operates the Clearwater River Casino and Lodge in Lewiston and the It’se Ye Ye Casino in Kamiah.

The awards include the following to local schools:

• Clearwater Valley Elementary counselor (Kooskia): $35,112

• Clearwater Valley Elementary stationary computer lab (Kooskia): $9,400

• Early Head Start - Early Childhood Development Program (Lapwai and Kamiah): $10,000

• Highland High School, cultural awareness through native literature and crafts (Craigmont): $1,000

• Kamiah and Clearwater Valley (Kooskia) Upward Bound, for dual-enrollment college courses: $5,000

• Kamiah High School, aid for American Indian students to improve grades and test scores: $15,000

• Kamiah School District Johnson O’Malley/minority coordinator: $20,000

• Kamiah School District all-day kindergarten program: $30,000

• Nezperce High School, mobile computer lab: $10,000

• Tribal Fisheries intern program, high school and college student internships, (Dworshak/Kooskia national fish hatcheries and Nez Perce Tribal Hatchery): $5,000.

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