American Indian Higher Education Consortium

American Indian Higher Education Consortium

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.

Tribal Colleges and Universities

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 Indians—especially those living on reservations—to overcome the barriers they face to higher education.

Announcements for Tribal Colleges and Universities

AIHEC 2019 National Basketball Tournament RFP

AIHEC requests for proposals from any college, or partnered colleges, to host the 2019 AIHEC National Basketball Tournament deadline is May 1, 2016, for consideration by the AIHEC Athletic Commission. Announcement.

AIHEC 2016 Scholar Athlete Award Application

Deadline to nominate a TCU student for the AIHEC 2016 Scholar Athlete Award is February 15, 2016. All TCU athletic directors and coaches should receive the application from their nominees by February 12, 2016. All nominees must participate in the AIHEC 2016 National Basketball Tournament at NWIC, March 2-6, 2016. Application Packet. Questions? Email ASC Co-Advisor Alex Grandon.

AIHEC Student Congress (ASC) 2016 Student Elections

Any tribal college student interested in running for an ASC office must download, complete, and submit the 2016 ASC Appointment Packet. Elections will be held at the AIHEC Student Conference in Minneapolis, MN. Questions? Email ASC Co-Advisor Alex Grandon or Carmen Henan. Application deadline: March 4, 2016.

AIHEC 2016 National Basketball Tournament at Northwest Indian College, Bellingham, WA, March 2-6, 2016

Questions? Email Athletic Director Krista Mahle or view the Registration Packet.

member meetings

Spring 2016
March 11–13, 2016

Summer 2016
July 14–16, 2016

Fall 2016
October 6–8, 2016

Winter 2017
February 6–9, 2017

Spring 2017
March 16–18, 2017

Summer 2017
July 13–14, 2017

Fall 2017
October 5–7, 2017

Winter 2018
February 12–15, 2018

2016 Capitol Hill Meeting with TCU presidents, staff, and students in Washington, D.C.

2016 Capitol Hill Visits: PHOTO GALLERY

AIHEC news

Six TCUs receive EPA-AIHEC Tribal ecoAmbassador Grants

The Tribal ecoAmbassador program empowers tribal communities to identify and address their own unique environmental needs while building the capacity of Tribal Colleges and Native students by encouraging relationships with federal scientists and offering hands-on field and laboratory experience. MORE

AIHEC 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
Generation Indigenous Native Youth Challenge

Tribal College Journal—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

college spotlight

Northwest Indian College

Indigenous Service Learning at NWIC is based on the Indigenous value of serving and caring for one another in our communities and natural world. NWIC Indigenous Service Learning Nez Perce Campus MORE

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute

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.
SIPI Pre-Engineering Swarmathon team join the University of New Mexico Swarmathon project

2015 AIHEC Student Convention competition winners
2015 AIHEC Student Conference Traditional Plants and Herbs Competition Winners
Photo by Jaime Aguilar/American Indian College Fund
2015 AIHEC Student Convention competition winner
2015 AIHEC Student Conference
Chess Championship Winner Shawn Nez, Tohono O'odham Community College
Photo by Jaime Aguilar/American Indian College Fund
2015 Ms AIHEC
2015 AIHEC Student Conference
Ms. AIHEC, Kimberlee Belvins
Photo by Jaime Aguilar/American Indian College Fund