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College tuition waivers for hundreds of Utah tribal students are in jeopardy as an “unintended consequence” of lawmakers’ drive to reduce diversity initiatives in higher education.

The Senate sponsor of the bill acknowledged to The Salt Lake Tribune this week that he hadn’t previously considered that possible effect of HB261. But he said, based on the language of the measure, those supports for Indigenous students could be “potentially impacted.”

“That’s a good question,” said Sen. Keith Grover, R-Provo. “And we’re just not sure. There could be an impact. … The legislation could have that unintended consequence.”

Over the last two years, universities across the state have announced tuition waivers for any student who is an enrolled member of one of Utah’s eight sovereign tribal nations. It’s been part of a growing effort to support Native students here, who remain the smallest demographic for enrollment in higher education in Utah.

The University of Utah was the first to announce, …

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