Hurd Praises Education Grant Awarded to Kickapoo Tribe in Eagle Pass
EAGLE PASS, TX —This week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced grant funding through the Head Start education program for Native American tribes across the country, including the Kickapoo Traditional Tribe of Texas in Eagle Pass. Thrilled by the news, U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23) released the following statement:
“Access to educational opportunities for students of all backgrounds is vital to growing our economy, opening doors for young people and driving innovation across all industries,” said Hurd. “I’m proud to represent more Native American tribes than any other congressional district in the Lone Star State. I am glad I could help provide funding for Head Start and other education grant programs that level the playing field for opportunities. Today’s kids are tomorrow’s leaders, and I’ll continue to do all I can in Congress to make sure our students have a fair chance to succeed.”
Started in 1965, Head Start provides educational development to children from birth to five years old through health, nutrition and parent involvement services. Head Start launched 34 Native American and Alaska Native educational programs in 1965, and today there are around 44,000 children of Native American and Alaska Native heritage served by these programs.
As a member of the House and the Appropriations Committee, Rep. Hurd voted for the bipartisan spending package that provides funds for Head Start Indian Grants.