Navajos, New Mexico university reach housing partnership

Albuquerque, N.M. • New Mexico's largest university and the Navajo Nation have teamed up to provide dormitory space for as many as 118 tribal students at a new campus housing development.

Officials announced the partnership Friday. The move comes after tribal lawmakers approved the use of nearly $1.5 million in supplemental funding for the effort.

Navajo President Russell Begaye said one of the primary reasons for the high dropout rate for Native American college students is financial distress. He says this will help alleviate some of the burden.

Navajo students will occupy two floors of the downtown Albuquerque development, known as the Lobo Rainforest.

The space will reflect the cultural and historical values of the Navajo Nation, which spans parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

The tribe will determine eligibility for Navajo students who wish to live in the apartment-style units.

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