Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) Profiles


Aaniiih Nakoda College More than 25 years ago, a group of forward-thinking men and women from the Fort Belknap Indian Community Council, Fort Belknap Education Department, and Fort Belknap campus of Dull Knife Memorial College (now Chief Dull Knife College) recognized the need to start their own college. They saw that off-reservation programs were not adequately meeting the post-secondary educational needs of the community. In 1984 they established Fort Belknap College to provide the academic and vocational training programs and services to address social and economic needs, while preserving and promoting the A’anin and Nakoda languages, cultures and histories. In 2009, Aaniiih Nakoda College celebrated its 25th anniversary. Academic programs provide students with exciting learning opportunities. Aaniiih Nakoda College remains dedicated to a “grow your own” philosophy of developing the community’s future educational leaders and has hired many talented young people from within the community.
Bay Mills Community College (BMCC) BMCC was chartered by the Bay Mills Indian Community in 1984. The college is located 17 miles west of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, on the shore of the Saint Mary’s River. BMCC has an enrollment of 432 full- and part-time students primarily from Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula. Due to the rural setting, it is not unusual for BMCC students to drive as much as 100 miles round trip daily to attend classes. Bay Mills Community College offers associate’s degree, certificate, and diploma programs, in areas of study that include American Indian language and studies, construction, business administration, corrections, computer information systems, natural science, early childhood education, health careers, and social science. BMCC participates in the Michigan Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers Articulation Agreement (MACRAO) between public and private community colleges and universities in Michigan. This agreement provides BMCC students a seamless transfer process of their general education credits when transferring to a participating four-year institution.
Blackfeet Community College (BCC) BCC is located in Browning, Montana, on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, on the eastern side of the Rocky Mountains, where terrain flows from rugged mountaintops to rolling hills of grasslands, to farmland plains. The reservation occupies an area of 1,525,712 acres adjacent to Glacier National Park, Lewis and Clark National Forest, and the province of Alberta, Canada. Browning, the largest community on the reservation, is the trade/service center for the reservation. The Blackfeet Community College campus is located on the south end of Browning, just off Highways 2 & 89. Thirteen buildings house the Administration, Student Services, Academic Affairs, and Vocational Education Departments, as well as the library, classrooms, and various programs. BCC developed objectives based on goals identified by the Blackfeet Tribe: promote educational opportunities, increase the educational level, advance the knowledge and pride in Blackfeet heritage; improve Tribal management; provide community facilities for advancement in education and other Tribal institutions; and provide cultural and recreational opportunities for residents.
Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC) CCCCC was chartered by the Spirit Lake Dakota Nation in 1974 and celebrated its first graduating class in 1977 with five graduates. CCCC was established in response to the need for higher education opportunities for the people of the Spirit Lake Reservation. Academic excellence toward student success is the core mission for CCCC along with the teaching and learning of the Dakota culture and language. To date CCCC has conferred 392 associate’s degrees and 119 certificates in accounting, agriculture and natural resources management, Indian studies and Tribal administration, automotive technology, carpentry, business, computer applications, early childhood education, pre-nursing, office technology, and liberal arts. CCCC celebrated its largest graduating class of 42 in spring 2009.
Chief Dull Knife College (CDKC) Chartered in 1975 by the Northern Cheyenne Tribal Council, CDKC is located in the community of Lame Deer, on the 445,000-acre Northern Cheyenne Reservation in southeastern Montana. Accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, the college offers affordable, quality educational opportunities to residents of the Northern Cheyenne Reservation and surrounding communities. Although the original curriculum of the college was directed at training students for mining jobs near the reservation, the college has quickly expanded its offerings to include post-secondary transfer programs. The college offers a variety of associate’s degree and certificate programs in agriculture, Native American studies, education, allied health, biology/pre-med, environmental studies, and computer information systems. CDKC maintains articulation agreements with institutions within the Montana University system that facilitate seamless transfer for students. With the addition of interactive television technology at CDKC, the college has also been able to expand opportunities for upper level students to complete advanced degrees online.
College of Menominee Nation (CMN) The Menominee Tribal Legislature chartered the College of Menominee Nation (CMN) in 1993 to serve Menominee and surrounding residents in northeastern Wisconsin. The college provides opportunities in higher education infused with American Indian culture and prepares students for careers and advanced studies in a multicultural world. CMN has a main campus located on the southern border of the Menominee Indian Reservation and also operates a campus in Green Bay, WI that serves many students from the Oneida Nation. The Menominee Tribal Legislature chartered the College of Menominee Nation (CMN) in 1993 to serve Menominee and surrounding residents in northeastern Wisconsin. The college provides opportunities in higher education infused with American Indian culture and prepares students for careers and advanced studies in a multicultural world. CMN has a main campus located on the southern border of the Menominee Indian Reservation and also operates a campus in Green Bay, WI that serves many students from the Oneida Nation.
College of the Muscogee Nation The College of the Muscogee Nation was created by an act of the Muscogee Nation Council. Located in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, the capital of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, the college was organized to serve Muscogee Nation Tribal members and residents. Governance for the college is provided by a five-member board of regents of Muscogee citizens that meet monthly. Currently, the college offers a variety of general education and Tribal-specific courses through a formal agreement with Oklahoma State University. Students can pursue associate’s degrees in gaming, Tribal services, police science, and Native American studies with specializations in Mvskoke studies and Mvskoke language. Certificate programs are offered in the Mvskoke language and in gaming. Through these programs, the college promotes Tribal economic development and strengthens the sovereignty of the Muscogee Nation. The Tribal services program prepares students for employment in Tribal government through the study of Indian land issues, project management, and grant writing. The police science program trains students for employment in Tribal law enforcement via study of Tribal law, Tribal courts, and the complexities of federal Indian law. The gaming program readies students for employment in Tribal gaming through the study of Tribal gaming, American Indian gaming regulations, and managerial techniques of gaming operations.
Comanche Nation College (CNC) CNC was established as a community college by a Comanche Nation Charter Resolution in 2002. The Comanche Nation is federally recognized as a Tribe of Oklahoma. The Comanche Nation established a Comanche Nation College Council of leaders in higher education. CNC is located in Lawton, Oklahoma serving the Comanche Nation and its surrounding communities. The Comanche Nation has 13,679 enrolled Tribal members, with about 6,000 members living in the Lawton-Fort Sill area of southwest Oklahoma. CNC was the first Tribal College established in the state of Oklahoma. CNC provides opportunities in higher education and career tech programs that integrate both traditional and non-traditional knowledge and have a culturally responsive connection to the American Indian communities and others. Current program offerings include accounting, art, American Indian studies, business, police training, education, speech/communications, human services, LPN, mathematics, and science.
Diné College Diné College is a public institution of higher education chartered by the Navajo Nation in 1968. Originally called Navajo Community College, Diné College was the nation’s first Tribally chartered college. The institution has a main campus in Tsaile, Arizona and seven community-based campuses throughout Arizona and New Mexico that provide educational opportunities to a rapidly growing Navajo population. As a postsecondary educational institution, Diné College offers associate’s degree and certificate programs in fields important to the economic and social development of the Navajo Nation. To comply with the college mission, personalized instruction is guaranteed to each student due to the low student-faculty ratio. In 1998, Diné College students earned the first baccalaureate degrees under the Diné teacher education program, accredited under a partnership with Arizona State University. Diné College now also offers a bachelor’s degree program in elementary education.
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC) In 1979, the Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee voiced a need for a community college as part of a comprehensive education plan. Eight years later in 1987, the Minnesota Legislature created Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC) and the Fond du Lac Reservation chartered the college later that same year. A unique institution—and the only Tribal college created through a Tribal-state partnership—FDLTCC is committed to meeting the educational needs of a diverse population. Through partnership, FDLTCC is part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (MnSCU), a statewide system of community colleges, state universities, and technical colleges. Located in northern Minnesota, FDLTCC is nestled in 38 acres of woods; the college also has an additional satellite campus in Red Lake. Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, FDLTCC offers 15 degrees at the associate’s level. For FY2010, the college awarded 241 associate degrees: liberal arts and sciences, law enforcement, business and human services are the most popular programs of study. A total of 129 certificates were also awarded during the FY 2010 year. The college programs have expanded to include clean energy technology, geospatial technology, and nursing.
Fort Berthold Community College (FBCC) FBCC was chartered by the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation in New Town, North Dakota. The Three Affiliated Tribes agreed that a local higher education institution was needed to train Tribal members and to act as positive influence in retaining the Tribal cultures. The first classes offered at FBCC were on an extension basis with coordinating accredited institutions. Fort Berthold Community College was granted accreditation on Feb. 12, 1988, through the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges. The college is also one of thirty-two tribal colleges granted 1994 Land Grant Institution status. The college has branches in Mandaree and White Shield. The college associate’s degree and certificate program offerings include accounting, agriculture, public and Tribal administration, graphic arts, construction, computer science and information systems, water treatment technology, mathematics, nursing, emergency medical service, paramedic, environmental science, elementary education, childhood development, human services, addiction studies, medical secretary, and administrative assistant.
Fort Peck Community College (FPCC) FPCC is located in northeastern Montana on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, which encompasses over two million acres. The college‘s main campus is in Poplar with a satellite in Wolf Point. Chartered by the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes in 1978, FPCC’s mission is to serve the people of the reservation by providing educational opportunities and community service. FPCC’s philosophy is based on the belief that the opportunity for higher education must be provided locally. Many of the reservation’s residents cannot leave their home communities; thus it is essential that postsecondary educational opportunities be made readily accessible to them. FPCC provides a variety of programs to meet the career goals of its students and the training needs of the reservation. As a two-year degree-granting community college, FPCC offers associate degrees and certificates in over 30 fields of study such as automotive technology, building trades, hazardous materials waste technology, business administration, teacher education, American Indian studies, and biomedical science. Moreover, FPCC has several articulation agreements with four-year institutions that allow students to earn bachelor’s degrees in selected areas of study.
Haskell Indian Nations University Haskell Indian Nations University, a land grant institution, is one of two postsecondary institutions operating under the auspices of the Bureau of Indian Education. Haskell serves members of federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native Nations as authorized by Congress and in partial fulfillment of treaty and trust obligations. With student learning as its focus, Haskell embraces the principles of sovereignty and self-determination through a culturally based holistic lifelong learning environment that promotes and upholds respect, rights, and responsibility. Haskell Indian Nations University offers both associate and baccalaureate degree programs. Associate of science and associate of arts programs include natural resources or natural science; liberal arts; art; business administration; health, physical education and athletics; media arts; pre-professional education; social work; theatre; and Tribal management. The programs prepare students for employment in specific fields and may be used as an entry for baccalaureate work at Haskell or another four-year institution. The university offers one bachelor of arts and three bachelor of science degree programs in the fields of American Indian studies, business administration, environmental science, and elementary teacher education.
Ilisagvik College Ilisagvik College, located in Barrow, Alaska, serves an 89,000 square mile Arctic tundra region—the North Slope—which is not connected by road or rail. The region is ice-locked nine months of each year and is home to the Inupiat Eskimos. Ilisagvik College is the only accredited, Alaska Native controlled higher education institution in Alaska, and it is the only college located within the boundaries of the Arctic Slope. In 2005, Ilisagvik also became the only Tribal College in the state. Ilisagvik College provides quality post-secondary academic, vocational, and technical education in a learning environment that perpetuates and strengthens Inupiat culture, language, values and traditions. It is dedicated to providing well-educated and trained individuals who meet human resource needs to North Slope employers. As a two-year community college, Ilisagvik offers associate’s degree, one-year certificate, and semester-long endorsement programs, as well as short-term training courses. Fields of study include accounting, allied health, office administration, business management, computer technology, heavy truck operations, construction trades, industrial safety, and Inupiat studies. Every program at the college models the local Inupiat traditions, values, and culture and also has substantial career and employment opportunities relevant to the workforce.
Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Established in 1962 by Executive Order of President John F. Kennedy, the Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development is the manifestation of a collaborative vision shared by Lloyd Kiva New (Cherokee) and Dr. George Boyce. A renowned artist and Arizona-based real estate developer, Lloyd Kiva New recruited a faculty rich with American Indian creative talent who believed in IAIA’s mission of educating and training a new generation of Native artists. In 1986, IAIA was granted non-profit, congressionally chartered status, with its board of trustees appointed by the President of the United States. In 1992 the IAIA Museum opened in downtown Santa Fe. Home to the more than 7,000 piece National Collection of Contemporary Indian Art, the museum showcases work by Native artists. As a fully accredited college granting four-year bachelor’s degrees and two-year associate’s degrees, IAIA attracts a multi-Tribal student body whose creative abilities are at the forefront of contemporary American Indian art. Many institute graduates make an easy transition into full-time careers as self-supporting artists, while others continue their education at top universities and art schools nationwide.
Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College (KBOCC) KBOCC was chartered by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community on July 12, 1975, founded upon the idea that American Indian students, as members of sovereign nations, deserved an educational system responsive to their needs and concerns. In October 2009, KBOCC received initial candidacy for accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission. The Bureau of Indian Education, Bureau of Indian Affairs, conducted a site visit in April 2010 and recommended the college for approval as a Tribally Controlled Community College/University under the Act. In addition, the U.S. Department of Education approved the college’s application for Title IV federal student aid programs. The college strives to create an academic environment rich in Ojibwa culture to foster understanding of Native American beliefs while promoting and preserving the customs of the Ojibwa people. Traditional leaders provide direction to faculty and staff for incorporating the Ojibwa language and culture into each of the college’s programs. The student services program offers unique opportunities for students to actively engage in the traditional ceremonies and events throughout their educational journey.
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College (LCOOCC) LCOOCC is a unique, cultural organization that has recently celebrated 25 years of providing unique career, cultural and liberal arts education. The college is one of two tribal colleges in the state of Wisconsin (Wisconsin Tribal Colleges). LCOOCC is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and offers certificates and associate’s degree programs, adult basic or remedial instruction, and high school equivalency diplomas. Formal articulation and transfer agreements with University of Wisconsin, University of Minnesota, and other public colleges add future value to an LCOOCC degree. Annually, enrollment averages 550 students on its main campus in Hayward and four outreach sites at Odanah, Bayfield, Hertel, and Lac du Flambeau. More than one-third of students are enrolled at the outreach sites. More than 70 percent of students are American Indian. The college maintains an open door policy with both traditional and non-traditional students attending. The average age of an LCOOCC student is 34. Smaller class sizes lead to more individualized attention and support; the student-to-faculty ratio is consistently ten-to-one.
Leech Lake Tribal College (LLTC) Founded in 1990 to serve the Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) people of the Leech Lake Indian Reservation, LLTC offers postsecondary education grounded in the language, history, and culture of the Anishinaabe. For the first two years, courses from LLTC were offered by extension from the University of Minnesota–Duluth, Bemidji State University, and Itasca and Brainerd Community Colleges. In 1993, Leech Lake graduated its first student with an associate in arts degree in Anishinaabe language and culture. Most students come from the Leech Lake Reservation and the surrounding reservations in northern Minnesota; approximately eight percent of students enrolled at LLTC are non-Native. LLTC experienced an eight percent increase in student enrollment during AY 2009-10, and in May 2010, the college honored 48 graduates, the largest class to graduate in LLTC’s 20-year history.
Little Big Horn College (LBHC) Little Big Horn College is a public two-year community college chartered by the Crow Tribe of Indians in 1980. The college is located in heart of the Crow Indian Reservation in south central Montana. The college facility has 35,000 square feet of educational space situated on two acres of wooded river valley. LBHC offers eight associate of arts and two associate of science degree programs. The courses of study are directed to the economic and job opportunities in the Crow Indian Reservation area. The student body is composed of Crow Tribal members (95 percent), members of American Indian Tribes from around the intermountain west (3 percent), and non-Indian residents of the Big Horn County area (2 percent). Little Big Horn College has an open admissions policy and, as a public institution, welcomes enrollment from any adult with a high school diploma or GED.
Little Priest Tribal College (LPTC) LPTC, named after Little Priest, the last true war chief of the Ho-Chunk (Winnebago) people, was chartered by the Winnebago Tribal Council in 1996 to provide quality education for members of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska. LPTC provide associate’s degree programs, assuring that the majority of credits will prepare students to successfully graduate at a four-year institution. Another equally important purpose of the College is to provide language and culture classes and training opportunities for tribal employees. LPTC’s mission is to implement two-year Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees, certificate programs, and community education programs, which provide students with the opportunity to learn about Winnebago language and culture so that they are grounded in self-esteem. LPTC integrates culture, academics, and psychological and spiritual behavior so that students can interface within a diverse world. LPTC has an enrollment of 95 students; 88 percent are American Indian.
Navajo Technical University Navajo Technical University, formerly Crownpoint Institute of Technology and Navajo Technical College, was chartered by the Navajo Nation with a mission of committing to offering quality technical, vocational, and academic degrees and community education in a student-oriented, hands-on learning environment based on the Diné (Navajo) Philosophy of Education. Since its inception in 1979, NTC has developed into a respected tribally controlled postsecondary career and technical institution that addresses the continually changing requirements of its students. The career and technical college has a long-standing commitment to academic excellence and provides a variety of support services, including student and faculty housing, a childcare center, advanced computer technologies, and comprehensive library services. The college offers a broad selection of certificate and degree programs, each designed to prepare students for entry into careers and further education, including accounting and bookkeeping, automotive technology, building trades, computer and information technology, geographic information technology, early childhood education, environmental science, culinary arts, public administration, pre-professional nursing, legal studies, and vocational careers.
Nebraska Indian Community College (NICC) NICC began in 1972 as the American Indian Satellite Community College under a grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education. The grant was administered through Northeast Technical Community College in Norfolk, NE to provide postsecondary education on the Omaha, Santee Sioux, and Winnebago Reservations. In 1979, following the enactment of the Tribally Controlled Community College Assistance Act, Nebraska Indian Community College established itself as a fully independent two-year college chartered by the governments of three Nebraska Indian Tribes. An eight-member board of directors governs the college. The college’s focal points are the two rural reservation locations on the Omaha Reservation at Macy, NE and on the Santee Sioux Reservation, in Santee, NE. The institution is also concerned about the educational opportunities available to Omaha, Santee, and other students in urban America and maintains a campus in South Sioux City, NE along with ventures into distance learning. The multicampus structure of such a small organization presents unique opportunities for individualized attention even while separated by hundreds of miles.
Northwest Indian College (NWIC) NWIC is a tribally controlled institution of higher education chartered by the Lummi Nation. Its mission is to promote Tribal self-determination through higher education and Indigenous knowledge. Located on the Lummi Indian Reservation in Washington State, 20 miles from the Canadian border, Northwest Indian College is the only accredited Tribal College or University serving reservation communities of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. NWIC grew from the Lummi Indian School of Aquaculture, which was a single-purpose institution established to provide local technicians for employment in Indian owned and operated fish and shellfish hatcheries throughout the United States and Canada. In 1983, the Lummi Indian Business Council recognized the need for a more comprehensive institution to serve the postsecondary educational needs of Indian people living in the Pacific Northwest and chartered the Lummi Community College. In 1989, in acknowledgement of its wider mandate, Lummi Community College became Northwest Indian College, which achieved accreditation by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, in 1993.
Oglala Lakota College (OCL) OLC is chartered by the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council and governed by a 13-member Board of Trustees. It serves the Pine Ridge Reservation, which has a population of about 26,000 and covers 3,468 square miles in southwestern South Dakota. The college mission is twofold: to produce graduates who demonstrate excellence in their chosen areas of study and fields of endeavor, and to enhance life for the Oglala Lakota Oyate. OLC is unique in its decentralized campus system, which features college instructional centers in each of the nine districts across Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. There are additional college instructional centers in Rapid City and on the Cheyenne River Reservation. OLC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Accrediting Agency to offer degrees at the associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s levels. Education graduates are certified by the South Dakota Division of Education to teach in K-12 elementary systems and to serve in school administrative capacities. OLC nursing graduates are certified by the South Dakota State Board of Nursing and eligible to sit for the registered nurse examination. The social work program is accredited at the bachelor’s degree level. Oglala Lakota College has 1,456 students enrolled part- and full-time.
Red Lake Nation College (RLNC) Located in the heart of the Anishinaabe nation on the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Red Lake, Minnesota, Red Lake Nation College allows for a unique cultural exchange within the student learning environment. At any one time there may be 70 students within the student body. This unique setting is further supported by elders and community members who speak the Anishinaabe language and who understand the rich history of the Red Lake Nation. All students are offered the opportunity of obtaining a quality education provided from an American Indian perspective to develop professionally and culturally.
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College (SCTC) SCTC is a small and unique community college centrally located in Michigan, celebrating its 15-year anniversary (1998-2013). In 1998, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Council adopted a resolution to establish a tribally controlled college and formed a governing Board of Regents in order to increase access to higher education and to expand educational and career opportunities for the tribal community. The establishment of SCTC was an important step in an educational empowerment process to preserve and maintain the Saginaw Chippewa tribal culture. The college strives to provide a quality learning experience and environment designed to sustain the cultural continuity of the Tribe from past to future generations. SCTC offers associate’s degrees in business, Native American studies, and liberal arts. While the majority of the student body is tribal members, there are also members from other tribes and a small percent is other. SCTC has an average enrollment of 130 students.
Salish Kootenai College (SKC) SKC is a Tribally controlled college chartered in 1977 under the sovereign governmental authority of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. The mission of SKC is to provide quality postsecondary educational opportunities for American Indians, locally and from throughout the United States. The college strives to provide opportunities for individual self-improvement and to promote and help maintain the cultures of the Confederated Tribes of the Flathead Indian Nation. While the college encourages diversity, its primary function is to serve the needs of American people. SKC has an enrollment of 1,207 students. The college offers bachelor’s degrees, associate’s degrees, and certificate programs in Native American studies, building trades, engineering, education, business, information technology, digital and media arts, environmental science and forestry, dental assisting technology, social work, nursing, psychology, and vocational life skills. The college reaches students at its main campus on the Flathead Reservation and at three satellite locations in Washington in Colville, Spokane, and Wellpinit.
Sinte Gleska University (SGU) SGU was founded in 1971 on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in south-central South Dakota, home to the Sicangu (Burnt Thigh). SGU provides profound programs to preserve and teach tribal culture, history, and language and to seek innovative and effective strategies to address the myriad of social and economic concerns confronting the Sicangu Lakota Oyate. SGU plans, designs, implements, and assesses postsecondary programs and other educational resources appropriate to the Lakota people in order to facilitate individual development and Tribal autonomy. SGU has an enrollment of 828 full and part-time students. SGU has seven academic undergraduate departments, which include the Art Institute, Arts and Science, Business, Education, Human Services, Lakota Studies, and the Institute of Technologies (vocational/career education). Sinte Gleska University offers 23 bachelor’s, 25 associate’s, and two master’s degree programs, and 12 certificate programs.
Sisseton Wahpeton College (SWC) SWC was chartered in 1979 by the Tribal council of the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe. The college serves communities on and surrounding the 105,000-acre Lake Traverse Reservation in northeastern South Dakota, home to the Sisseton and Wahpeton bands of the Dakota people. SWC is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools affiliated with the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. The nursing program is approved by the South Dakota Board of Nursing. SWC offers associate of arts degree programs in business administration, chemical dependency counseling, cross cultural counseling, Dakota studies, early childhood development, general studies and registered nursing. Associate of science degree programs are offered in interdisciplinary environmental science, natural sciences, and general food and agriculture. Associate of applied science degree programs include accounting, business, carpentry, computers, hospitality and casino management, and education. SWC also offers certificate programs in computing, building trades, nursing, and Tribal arts. SWC has an enrollment of 237 full- and part-time students; 77 percent of all students are American Indian, mostly Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate.
Sitting Bull College (SBC) In 1973, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Council chartered Sitting Bull College (SBC), formerly Standing Rock Community College. Its mission establishes it as "an academic and technical institution committed to improving the levels of education and training, economic and social development of the people it serves while promoting responsible behavior consistent with Lakota/Dakota culture and language." SBC was founded with the philosophy that all people grow to their full potential by knowing and understanding their beautiful and profound cultural heritage; therefore, Dakota and Lakota cultures permeate a holistic educational process; which permits all people to develop in balance from the elders’ teachings to live in the present world. SBC serves the Standing Rock Indian Reservation consisting of a land base of 2.8 million acres in North Dakota and South Dakota with campuses in Fort Yates, ND and McLaughlin, SD. It offers academic and vocational training and awards in the following programs: seven bachelor of science, five associate of applied science, ten associate of science, four associate of arts, and seven certificate programs. These programs of study range from building trades, environmental science, energy technology, criminal justice, business, Native American Studies, education, human services, office/information technology, and nursing.
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) SIPI in Albuquerque, New Mexico is a community college, funded through the Bureau of Indian Education, U. S. Department of the Interior. SIPI was established at the request of the All Indian Pueblo Council and other federally recognized tribes to help train American Indian and Alaskan Natives for jobs. SIPI opened in September 1971 on approximately 164 acres in northwest Albuquerque, New Mexico. Today, more than 120 different Indian Tribes are represented in SIPI’s student body. SIPI is located in the center of New Mexico’s agricultural and high-tech corridors (Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories, and Intel Corporation), major universities and the largest technical force within a 500-mile radius. SIPI has established excellent working relationships with these industries and universities allowing a responsive learning environment within which American Indian and Alaska Native students develop skills that will be needed by tribal nations to build cohesive and economically strong communities. SIPI is an important part of the New Mexico higher education system. The College has agreements with the University of New Mexico, New Mexico State University, and New Mexico Highlands University that ensure better recruitment, transfer, and retention rates for Native Americans. The College has also established articulation agreements with regional public institutions outside of New Mexico. SIPI boasts a state-of the-art Science and Technology Center, which includes 12 research and teaching laboratories, 10 classrooms, two distance learning rooms, a 500-seat auditorium, and several faculty offices and conference rooms. As a 1994 land grant institution, SIPI has extensive research and extension programs designed to meet the growing needs of Tribal nations.
Stone Child College (SCC) SCC is an accredited Tribal community college located on the Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation in north central Montana. SCC is a young institution, originally chartered by the Chippewa Cree Business Committee on May 17, 1984. Tribal leaders acknowledged that the establishment of a Tribal community college was necessary for the preservation and maintenance of the Chippewa Cree cultural and history, Cree language, and the education and training of the tribal members. SCC is one of seven Tribal Colleges in Montana and offers associate of arts and associate of science degree programs in general studies, human services, applied science, business, and computer science, as well as certificate programs in accounting, construction technology, customer relations, physical fitness training, pre-engineering, and pre-nursing. In 2008-09, SCC had an enrollment of 511, of whom 98 percent were American Indian descent; 20 percent were bilingual or of limited English proficiency. SCC students range in age from 17 to 72, with the average age at 30. The college retention rate is 47 percent and the graduation rate is 20 percent.
Tohono O’odham Community College (TOCC) n 1998, the Tohono O’odham Nation chartered Tohono O’odham Community College (TOCC) in Sells, Arizona. The college was established to serve the residents of the Tohono O’odham Nation and nearby communities, with the critical goals of preparing students to contribute to the social, political, and economic needs of the Tohono O’odham Nation and the world and preserving the O’odham Himdag (cultural way of life). TOCC opened its doors in 2000 with classes accredited through an intergovernmental agreement with Pima County Community College District in Tucson, AZ. Almost immediately, the college began the process of seeking its own accreditation and was awarded initial candidacy status by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools in February 2003. TOCC is now fully accredited offering students the opportunity to earn associate’s degrees in liberal arts, business administration, and science and numerous certificates. Tohono O’odham Community College serves approximately 216 students (61 percent female; 39 percent male). TOCC’s student body is 88 percent American Indian/Alaskan Native. The college’s faculty/staff is 57 percent American Indian, half of whom are O’odham.
Turtle Mountain Community College (TMCC) TMCC, a quality higher education institution, was chartered to the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians in November, 1972. TMCC is located ten miles from the Canadian border in the wooded, hilly, lake-abundant north central portion of North Dakota known as the Turtle Mountains. The main campus is located just north of the unincorporated city of Belcourt, which serves the reservation community as the center of government, commerce, and education for the more than 31,000 enrolled members of the tribe. The main campus houses a 165,000 square foot building located on an approximately 123 acre site. The facility includes a state-of-the-art technology, a fiscal area, general classrooms, science, math and engineering classrooms and labs, library and archives, learning resource centers, faculty area, student services area including a student union, gymnasium, auditorium, career and technical education facility, and mechanical. As part of this campus, a wind turbine in 2008 was erected and serves as a major source of power to the main campus. TMCC currently has an enrollment of 630 full and part-time certificate and degree-seeking students. TMCC offers certification and associate’s and bachelor’s degree programs.
United Tribes Technical College (UTTC) UTTC was chartered in Bismarck, North Dakota in 1969 by the United Tribes of North Dakota Development Corporation. UTTC is owned and operated by and serves the five Tribal Nations located entirely or in-part of North Dakota: Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, Spirit Lake Nation, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Three Affiliated Tribes (Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation) of the Fort Berthold Reservation, and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. UTTC applied for, and was granted candidacy for accreditation status by the North Central Association in 1978. In spring 1982, UTTC received full membership in NCA as a vocational technical school, when in 1987, the institution received authority from NCA to offer its first associate’s degree program. In 2003, the institution became the first Tribal College to receive accreditation for online programs offering associate of applied sciences degree programs. UTTC has an enrollment 885 students, 635 full-time undergraduates and 250 part-time undergraduates. Throughout UTTC’s history, the college has maintained a commitment to develop economic, social, and cultural advancement of Indian families by providing housing, daycare, health care services, counseling, a child development center, an elementary school, cafeteria, transportation, interdenominational chapel, athletic programs, and recreational services.
White Earth Tribal and Community College (WETCC) The White Earth Reservation Tribal Council established the White Earth Tribal and Community College (WETCC) in 1997. The college is dedicated to educational excellence through provision of a culturally relevant curriculum in partnership with students, staff, community, and industry. The college promotes critical pedagogy, a creative approach to education, which seeks through discourse a fuller understanding of Ojibwe epistemology. White Earth Tribal and Community College has articulation agreements with several regional universities: Minnesota State University Moorhead, Bemidji State University, and the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Today, White Earth Tribal and Community College serves over 140 students in five associate of arts degree programs and four associate of applied science degree programs, in addition to several occupational programs and certificate options in a wide range of career fields. White Earth Tribal and Community College has a fully equipped computer science center serving the college, White Earth Reservation, and surrounding communities.
Wind River Tribal College (WRTC) WRTC is a Tribally charted college located in Fort Washakie, Wyoming, on the Wind River Indian Reservation in central Wyoming. WRTC’s core mission is to serve the higher education needs of the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone Tribes. WRTC was chartered by the Northern Arapaho Business Council in September 1997 to serve residents of the Wind River Indian Reservation and surrounding communities. The college has articulation agreements with the University of Wyoming and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. WRTC’s enrollment consists of mostly Northern Arapaho and Pima students. WRTC offers associate’s degree programs in social work, business administration, elementary education, and criminal justice. In addition, WRTC emphasizes Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone language and cultural preservation and revitalization. Furthermore, students in their respected degrees are looked upon in high demand by Tribal programs which have been developed on community and tribal government needs. WRTC continues to provide innovative programs to sustain the quality of higher education.


Red Crow Community College (RCCC) Located in Cardston, Alberta, RCCC is a complete post-secondary institution, offering diploma, degree and master's programs in partnership with Mount Royal, Lethbridge Community College, SAIT, The University of Lethbridge, and the University of Calgary.