Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College campus

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

AIHEC news

Tribally Controlled Community Colleges Assistance Act— The Tribally Controlled Community Colleges Assistance Act of 1978, signed by President Carter in October 1978, was later retitled the Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities Assistance Act of 1978. Read the TCJ article which describes the events leading to the passage of the Tribally Controlled Community College Assistance Act of 1978, beginning in 1972 with the formation of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, and ending with the passage of the tribal college law in 1978. Tribal College Journal

Between Worlds— Searching for a way to reconcile childhood on the reservation with her adolescence in Houston, Robin Máxkii (Diné College) discovered a life of activism, technology, and science. Robin's Video Journey

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
TCJ Job Announcements and Internship Opportunities

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 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

College of Menominee Nation

College of Menominee Nation 2016 Grads. Photo by college.

TCU spotlight

Blackfeet Community College—Building Tribal Teacher Capacity for BCC's Community. "Education truly makes a difference in our society as Blackfeet people and society as a whole. Our unique worldview is valid and important. This couldn’t be more evident than in the lives of local teacher candidates at Blackfeet Community College." PR Oct 3, 2018

Diné College—Congratulation on Diné's 50th Anniversary! Indian Country Today

Navajo Technical University—NTU is ranked 3rd on the list of best colleges in New Mexico. Recognized as a leader in science and technology, NTU also provides a center for digital technologist with hands-on experiences, a variety of student activities, personalized education, and an array of national accreditations including the following programs: culinary and baking, veterinary technician, and industrial & electrical engineering.

Cankdeska Cikana Community College—Spirit Lake starts construction of community addiction treatment center. Gov. Doug Burgum joined Cynthia Lindquist (CCCC president) and Tami Reller (United Health Foundation) for a ceremonial groundbreaking for the renovation of a former group home into a 15-bed residential substance-abuse treatment center for adults in the Spirit Lake Dakota community. Grand Forks Herald


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.
Resources: Association Partner Packet

American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program Graduate School Preview Day
October 29, 2018 from 8:30 am-4:30 pm ET, Cornell University.
Meet faculty, learn about funding, explore campus, and attend hands-on workshops and sessions focused on writing a competitive graduate school application.

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).