The College of Muscogee Nation in Okmulgee, Oklahoma is eligible for operation funding from the Bureau of Indian Education. The college has been trying to get this funding since April of last year. The funding will begin in July 2014.
“I congratulate the College of the Muscogee Nation for achieving this important milestone in its development and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation leaders for realizing their vision of bringing higher education opportunities to their people,” Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Kevin K. Washburn said in a statement. “I’m pleased that we are able to support the college in its quest to become an independent institution of higher learning, and a full member of the family of tribal colleges and universities.”
According to that statement, with this funding, the total number of BIE-funded tribal colleges and universities is now 27.
The College of Muscogee Nation was founded in 2004 to meet the Muscogee (Creek) Nation citizens’ need for quality higher education that would also include tribal culture, language and history. The institution is governed by a board of regents, an independent entity based on the Muscogee (Creek) Nation constitution, legislation and code.
The college awards associate degrees in Gaming, Native American Studies, Police Science and Tribal Services, and offers two certificate programs in Gaming and Mvskoke Language Studies. Its primary source of funding is from the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.
When it was first beginning, the college entered into an agreement with the Oklahoma State University Institute of Technology to increase services to students. As the college develops students still have access to the institute’s facilities, administrative systems and technical support through dual enrollment.
The college is currently working toward becoming an independent institution, and is in candidacy status with the Higher Learning Commission’s North Central region.