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.
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 Indiansespecially those living on reservationsto overcome the barriers they face to higher education.
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GISS for TCUs
With the support of the Lumina and Gates Foundations, AIHEC and the Association of Community College Trustees are partnering to bring this nationally recognized institute to TCU presidents and their governing boards, October 1718, 2015, San Diego, CA. MORE
Generation Indigenous Native Youth Challenge
AIHEC has joined the White House's Generation Indigenous Native Youth Challenge. Please read the AIHEC Gen-I Newsletter for a few examples of how TCUs are working to nurture and sustain Gen-I. TCU Update
Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and USDA Under Secretary Lisa Mensah visited Fort Totten, ND and the Spirit Lake Tribe, and met with President Cynthia Lindquist, who talked with them about some key TCU priorities. MORE
SIPI Pre-Engineering Swarmathon team join the University of New Mexico Swarmathon project at the NASA National Swarmathon competition in February 2016, at the NASA Kennedy Space Center.