Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College campus

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

AIHEC news

Native American Undergraduates Explore Careers in Biomedical Research— The Aseto’ne Network Project Summer Institute, a collaboration between AIHEC and the University of Nebraska Medical Center, is a multi-institutional initiative designed to expand health research outreach, education and mentoring services at the nation’s 35 accredited TCUs. Indian Country Today

AIHEC Welcomes Two New TCU Members— California Tribal College (CTC), Woodlands, CA, and San Carlos Apache College (SCAC), San Carlos, AZ, are the newest members of the growing family of Tribal Colleges and Universities. TCUs

Help Us Advocate for Tribal College and University StudentsTake action about issues facing Native education.

TCU Ripple Effect— Every person has a ripple effect on their community. To illuminate the ripple effect of Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), the AIHEC-StoryCorps project invited 18 people from two tribal colleges, Saginaw-Chippewa Tribal College and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, to share through storytelling the impact of TCUs on their lives. Listen to Their Stories

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

Fall 2018, October 8–10, 2018
Winter 2019, February 4–7, 2019
Spring 2019, March 14-16, 2019
Summer 2019, (date TBD)
Fall 2019, October 7-9, 2019
Winter 2020, February 3–6, 2020
Spring 2022, March 24–26, 2022

student meetings/events

  • Spring Conference, March 17-19, 2019
  • National Basketball Tournament, March 21-24, 2019
  • Spring Conference, March 26-29, 2022


  • Advanced Manufacturing Summer Institute: June 18–August 10, 2018, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Pre-Admission Workshop: July 23–25, 2018, for AI/AN undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing a career in the allied health or medicine fields. (Application deadline: 7.9.2018)
  • 3rd AIHEC NARCH IRB Professional Development Session: September 27–28, 2018, Radisson Blu Hotel, Bloomington, MN
    Registration (deadline: 9.1.2018)
College of Menominee Nation

College of Menominee Nation 2016 Grads. Photo by college.

TCU spotlight

Oglala Lakota College—OLC will host its 15th Annual Summer Artist Series, "A Vision of Our History by Lakota Artists," from June 11 to August 31, 2018. TCJ

Diné College and Navajo Technical University—Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed into law an agreement that extends funding for Diné College and Navajo Technical University for the next twenty years. NEWS RELEASE

Institute of American Indian Arts—IAIA cinematic arts and technology faculty member Peter M. Kershaw, along with his production company, Duchy Parade Films, LLC, have put together a production plan for a contemporary feature film, The Dark Places, which will be filmed in New Mexico. MORE

United Tribes Technical College—UTTC hosted a meeting between tribal leaders and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke on UTTC's campus. PR

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute—SIPI Swarmathon team places in top 3 for 3rd year in a row! The SIPI NASA Swarmathon team won 2nd place in the 2018 NASA Swarmathon national competitions. Three years of competing in the top three teams championship in a row: the team won in 2016: bronze, 2017: a gold, and 2018: silver trophy! NASA Swarmathon


Dine College Navajo Culture Class

Diné College Navajo Culture Class. Photo by Edward McCombs.

for TCU students

TCU Students & Alums: We need you! ACT NOW!
Save Student Aid—Contact Congress NOW to SAVE STUDENT AID: President Trump proposes to cut federal student aid by $150 billion over 10 years—limiting maximum Pell; eliminating SEOG, and making deep cuts to TRIO, GEAR UP, and federal Work Study. These cuts will harm AI/AN students and their families. Share your story with Congress, and tell your friends & family to do the same. Take Action Form
Resources: Association Partner Packet

Internships, Fellowships, & Research Opportunities
Naval Research Laboratory HBCU/MI Internship Program—Interns are oriented to the NRL campus and are presented with a well-designed summer project plan with an emphasis on student development, growth and ownership by the end of the 10-week tenure. All interns receive formal laboratory safety training prior to conducting laboratory research.

TCU Student Opportunities
AIHEC Student Congress

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 38 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.

AIHEC Photo Gallery

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).