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The Tribal Nations Research Group is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a grant of $178,311 from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The award is for a planning project. The project will result in a proposal for a study that will determine whether an outreach project that has been supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP) has impacted math learning among Native Americans.  

The objectives are to 1) define what constitutes success of the outreach project; 2) identify short-term and long-term outcome; 3) identify rubrics to measure outcomes; 4) identify an approach methodology; 5) identify instruments to measure the outcomes; 6) identify data sources and methods to gather data; 7) identify ways to measure the impact of the Native American cultural component.  Additionally the proposed planning project will explore ways to explain the role the NSF Tribal College Rural Systemic Initiative (1994-2005) had in establishing the necessary and preliminary environmental and academic atmosphere for the Sunday Academy project at the participating tribal colleges and the American Indian communities being served.

For more information please contact TNRG at 701-477-5526 or Anita Frederick, TNRG President, at

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Awards $178,311 to Tribal Nations Research Group

The Tribal Nations Research Group (TNRG) located in Belcourt, North Dakota, recently received a grant from the First Nations Development Institute of Longmont, Colorado. This award will support the efforts of the Tribal Nations Research Group to Conduct a Community Food Sovereignty Assessment.

Food sovereignty assessments examine a broad range of food-related opportunities and challenges. This assessment is important in helping tribal, and community leaders evaluate local food sovereignty assets, including opportunities of needs, so that eventually we can identify strategies related to food sovereignty in our communities. Community support, involvement, and input will play a significant role in the project.

Tribal Nations Research Group is charged with the research and planning for collecting and analyzing data on the community’s local food systems. With careful planning and preparation, combined with community membership, the assessment will provide TNRG and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa’s community with the baseline data to build sustainable food systems and support the efforts as food cooperatives, commercially-licensed kitchens, farm-to-school programs, healthy eating, and numerous other agricultural projects related to food-systems controls. 

If you are interested in being involved in the project, please contact Rhonda Gustafson, Project Coordinator, at TNRG 701-477-5526 or email rhonda.gus@gmail.


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