DENVER (AP) _ A Colorado proposal to provide in-state tuition to many Native Americans has died in the Senate.

The bill would have granted in-state tuition to any Native American student in Colorado whose tribe has a historical connection to the state.

Bill sponsor Lois Tochtrop, a Thornton Democrat, told The Durango Herald ( ) the Senate Appropriations Committee killed the bill because it would cost roughly $6 million.

House Bill 1124 would have offered in-state tuition at any Colorado public college to members of any of 48 tribes with historic ties to the state.

Fort Lewis College already provides free tuition to any Native American.