NESPELEM—The Colville Business Council’s Education and Employment Committee moved to the next special session a recommendation concerning a memorandum of agreement between Colville Tribal TANF and Language Preservation programs that will enable Language to bring on a new curriculum developer, language instructor and three apprentices in their mission to preserve the three language of the Colville Tribes.

The agreement will see TANF fund the Language program’s development through a $250,000 budget.

The budget also contains a small amount of stipends of elder assistance.

TANF is funded on three-year cycles, said manager Carey Picking. The current cycle ends in September, and following the end of the current fiscal year, Picking noted, the program hopes to be approved to fund the Language agreement for another three years—but the future funding isn’t guaranteed at this time.

E&E Chair Jack Ferguson asked that employees hired in the new positions are made aware of the funding situation.

“Whoever is going to be a part of this has to understand that is a grant,” said Ferguson. “It could possibly just end if the tribe doesn’t find itself in a position to fund it for three years.”

CBC will vote on final approve through Special Session, March 17.

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