Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College campus

Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College campus. Photo by college.

AIHEC news

Stand with Standing Rock: A Call to Action for Tribal Colleges and Universities— Nearly 300 Native nations have pledged their support for the Standing Rock Sioux Nation to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from tunneling under the Missouri River, in their effort to protect this life source. Deborah His Horse is Thunder states in her article in the Tribal College Journal that the gathering at Standing Rock affords TCUs an educational opportunity for teaching, learning, and healing. Red Lake Naton College students came to the camp with an assignment to discuss how this all connects environmentally, politically, historically, economically, tribally, personally, and spiritually. At the AIHEC fall 2016 Board of Directors meeting, our nation’s TCU presidents passed a resolution of support and solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe in opposing construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. AIHEC calls on President Obama, federal regulators, and the Army Corps of Engineers to reverse the approval of the pipeline and to justly collaborate with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe as it exercises its sovereign right to protect its resources, Treaty rights, waterways, traditional homelands, and sacred sites. AIHEC 2016 Resolution in Solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
Now is the time to stand with Standing Rock. AIHEC offers six signs in various colors to show your support with Standing Rock.

Tribal College Journal, a quarterly publication of AIHEC— Become a subscriber to receive a quarterly print issue and gain online access to all of TCJ's articles published since 1989. SUBSCRIBE

Blackfeet Community College Students at Summer Encampment Glacier National Park

Blackfeet Community College students during Summer Encampment at Glacier National Park. Photo by Laurel Vielle.

member meetings

Winter 2017, February 6–9, 2017
Meeting Registration

    Prepare for Hill visits—listen to a webinar (offered twice on following dates):
  1. January 24, 2017 at 2pm
  2. January 25, 2017 at 2pm

Spring 2017, March 16–18, 2017
Meeting Registration

Summer 2017, July 13–15, 2017
Fall 2017, October 5–7, 2017
Winter 2018, February 12–15, 2018
Spring 2018, March 9-10, 2018

student meetings/events

  • Basketball Tournament, March 15-19, 2017
  • Spring Conference, March 19-22, 2017
  • Spring Conference, March 11-14, 2018
College of Menominee Nation

College of Menominee Nation 2016 Grads. Photo by college.

TCU spotlight

Navajo Technical University—Brandy Joey's (recented crowned Miss NTU) mission is to raise awareness of domestic violence issues on the Navajo Nation. Indian Country Today Media

Iḷisaġvik College—IC is rated No. 1 on’s list of Best Community Colleges in Alaska, and No. 2 on WalletHub’s list. The rating is based on tuition and financial aid, student/faculty ratio, and education and career outcomes. Indian Country Today Media

Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute—SIPI has partnered with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration under a NASA Tribal College and University Experiential Learning Opportunity grant to give students a taste of what living on Mars might be like. The research project is led by Dr. Nader Vadiee, principal investigator, on the faculty side and features an interdisciplinary team of 45 students who are performing the actual work. This grant allows students to work with rovers in a simulated Martian environment, called a Mars Yard. It’s also a tricky way to expose Native students to more science and math courses. Indian Country Today Media; Federal Grants Drive STEM Curricula at SIPI

Northwest Indian College—EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced the formal establishment of a new Local Environmental Observers Network (LEO) program hub at NWIC. MORE


Dine College Navajo Culture Class

Diné College Navajo Culture Class. Photo by Edward McCombs.

for TCU students

TCU Students: Take Action!
Save Student Aid
—America’s future depends on ensuring all students have the opportunity to go to college. Congress proposes to cut the student aid programs that keep higher education within reach for millions of students. Contact Congress now to save student aid in 2016. Take Action Form

2017 HS-STEM Summer Internships
The program provides students with quality research experiences at federal research facilities located across the country and allows students the opportunity to establish connections with DHS professionals. Application deadline: December 7 2016. Information/Application

STEM Summer Research Opportunities:
Undergraduate Students
Graduate Students

Bureau of Indian Education Scholarship and Internship Opportunities
The Bureau of Indian Education website lists resources and links for student scholarship and internship opportunities. BIE website

TCU Student Resources
TCU Student Opportunities

Who We Are

In 1973, the first six American Indian tribally controlled colleges established AIHEC to provide a support network as they worked to influence federal policies on American Indian higher education. Today, AIHEC has grown to 37 TCUs in the United States.

World Indigenous Games 2015

12th Annual World Indigenous Games in Brazil.

Each tribal college was created and chartered by its own tribal government or the federal government for a specific purpose: to provide higher education opportunities to American Indians through programs that are locally and culturally based, holistic, and supportive.

What We Do

Our primary function is advocacy—telling the stories of the Tribal College Movement. Over the past four decades, AIHEC has worked to help ensure that the principle of tribal sovereignty is recognized and respected and that TCUs are equitably included in this nation's higher education system.

MN TCU reps meet with Rep Betty McCollum

MN TCU presidents and students meet with Rep. Betty McCollum during the AIHEC Capitol Hill visits. Photo by LLTC.

Who We Serve

TCUs are chartered by their respective tribal governments, including the ten tribes within the largest reservations in the United States. They operate more than 75 campuses in 16 states—virtually covering Indian Country—and serve students from well more than 230 federally recognized Indian tribes.

TCU Presidents Spoonhunter and Littlebear

TCU Presidents Marlin Spoonhunter (WRTC) and Richard Littlebear (CDKC).