American Indian Higher Education Consortium

American Indian Higher Education Consortium

AIHEC is the collective spirit and unifying voice of our nation's 37 Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs)—a unique community of tribally and federally chartered institutions working to strengthen tribal nations and make a lasting difference in the lives of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Since 1973, AIHEC serves its network of member institutions through public policy, advocacy, research, and program initiatives to ensure strong tribal sovereignty through excellence in American Indian higher education.

Tribal Colleges and Universities

TCUs were created in response to the higher education needs of American Indians and generally serve geographically isolated populations that have no other means accessing education beyond the high school level. TCUs have become increasingly important to educational opportunity for native American students and are unique institutions that combine personal attention with cultural relevance to encourage American Indians—especially those living on reservations—to overcome the barriers they face to higher education.

member meetings

Winter 2015
February 9–12, 2015

Spring 2015
March 12–14, 2015

Summer 2015
June 23–25, 2015

Winter 2016
February 8–11, 2016

Spring 2016
March 12–13, 2016

2014 Capitol Hill Meeting with TCU presidents and students in Washington, D.C.

tribal news

The 2014 data collection cycle is underway! If your institution would like to schedule a session for updates and training, or if your institution has new staff responsible for AIHEC AIMS, please e-mail Katherine Page.
Please check the portal for updates. PORTAL

DeMaND—Developing Montana and North Dakota Workforce
Four TCUs are adjusting to rapid growth in their region: UTTC, FPCC, ANC, and CCCC formed the three-year DeMaND, an $18.9 million project. MORE

college spotlight

College of Menominee Nation

CMN trains high-tech and traditional workforces helping students, community workers, and employers in its service area. MORE

Cankdeska Cikana Community College

CCCC has received $675,000 in federal funds to establish a Native American Research Center for Health (NARCH) at the college's campus in Fort Totten, ND. MORE

Sitting Bull College

SBC Library has been designated the first digital-only member of the Federal Depository Library Program. The library is opting to meet their community's needs by developing an online Government information collection. MORE

Leech Lake Tribal College
Lee Robinson, Leech Lake Tribal College Math Department Rocket Project
Little Big Horn College photo
Tribal ecoAmbassador student interns collecting water samples on the Little Big Horn River, Little Big Horn College