MSU President Waded Cruzado made the announcement Monday during an Indigenous People’s Day celebration, saying “a promise to Native American people will be kept and a dream will be fulfilled.”
The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports the money from the Kendeda Foundation will be the lead gift to build a $20 million, state-of-art classroom building that will serve all students. Cruzado says the center also will be a place where Native American students can learn about and teach others about their cultures.
MSU still needs $2 million to build the center, and Cruzado hopes the university can raise that amount by the end of the year.
The university currently has 776 Native American students.