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Federal funding is awarded

Hawaii will receive more than $28 million in federal funding from the American Rescue Plan to support grants under the Native Hawaiian Education Program, according to Hawaii U.S. Senator Brian Schatz.

The federal funding was awarded to 35 Native Hawaiian education programs across the state, including in Maui County.

Those organizations and programs include Hanona, Pacific American Foundation, Keiki O Ka Aina Family Learning Centers, Maui Family Support Services and the University of Hawaii.

As chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Schatz has worked to preserve and expand grant funding for NHEP, according to a news release. These multi-year competitive grants will be used for programs including early childhood education, family engagement, Hawaiian language education, creation of STEM pathways, curriculum and professional development.

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