Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College campus

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

AIHEC news

Cultural Connections through Accounting— Mike Hendrickson’s Ethics and Self Responsibility course brings out human side of numbers-crunching. UND TODAY article

AIHEC Statement on FY 2018 Trump Administration Budget Recommendations— AIHEC is extremely concerned that the Trump administration’s budget includes inexplicable cuts to programs integral to the work and future of the nation’s Tribal Colleges and Universities. STATEMENT

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

Summer 2018, June 26-28, 2018

Fall 2018, October 8–10, 2018
Winter 2019, February 11–14, 2019
Spring 2019, March 14-16, 2019
Fall 2019, October 7-9, 2019
Winter 2020, February 10–13, 2020

student meetings/events

  • National Basketball Tournament, February 28-March 4, 2018
  • Spring Conference, March 11-14, 2018
  • Spring Conference, March 17-19, 2019
  • National Basketball Tournament, March 21-24, 2019
College of Menominee Nation

College of Menominee Nation 2016 Grads. Photo by college.

TCU spotlight

Candeska Cikana Community College—United Health Foundation, Cankdeska Cikana Community College launch new $1.2 million partnership to expand access to substance abuse treatment for the Spirit Lake Dakota Community. Business Journal, CCCC PR

Iḷisaġvik College—Iḷisaġvik College will be extending its tuition waiver program to all qualified Alaska Native students for the spring 2018 semester. MORE

Oglala Lakota College—AIHEC joins the South Dakota Hall of Fame in honorng President Shortbull for his many contributions to Tribal Higher Education in South Dakota and throughout Indian Country. ACCEPTANCE SPEECH

Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute—President Sherry Allison selected to receive the NIEA Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her extensive professional contribution to Indian education, including her leadership at SIPI, where she has served as president for eight years. ANNOUNCEMENT.

Leech Lake Tribal College—The Cass Lake college was named the best community college in the U.S. The study by personal finance website WalletHub ranked more than 700 college and technical schools across the U.S. based on affordability, student-faculty ratio, graduation rates and job placement. Congratulations LLTC!. Duluth News Tribune Article by Barry Amundson.


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.

Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education—ORISE administers a variety of internship programs for undergraduate students at national laboratories and other federal research facilities across the United States.

STEM Summer Research Opportunities:
Undergraduate Students
Graduate Students

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 36 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).