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Fri., July 30, 2010, 3:51 p.m.

Basque government signs agreement with BSU, helps fund Basque studies

Basque government officials and Boise State University officials celebrate the signing of a five-year agreement including $390,000 in funding for BSU's Basque studies program (Courtesy photo / Boise State University)
Basque government officials and Boise State University officials celebrate the signing of a five-year agreement including $390,000 in funding for BSU's Basque studies program (Courtesy photo / Boise State University)

Boise State University and the government of the Basque Country signed a new five-year agreement today that strengthens their existing partnership in BSU's Basque Studies Program, and includes $390,000 in funding for faculty and more. “Basques of North America know very well, over the years, through the Basque centers, through universities, programs, Jaialdi itself, that you create social bonds,” Basque President Patxi Lopez said as the agreement was signed amid the once-every-five-years Jaialdi Basque culture celebration this week in Boise. “But you do more than this: you keep the culture alive.  Our culture does not belong to anyone, but is a universal wealth.” Click here to read the full announcement.

Meanwhile, a sister-state agreement is in the works between Idaho and the Basque territory of Bizkaia.




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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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