Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College campus

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

AIHEC news

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

Tribal Climate Change Action Camp— AIHEC, Southwest Climate Science Center, South Central Climate Science Center, Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, and Native Nations Climate Adaptation Program are partnering to provide qualifying applicants training, technical support, and $1500 grant to develop a climate resilience project. Students, teachers, and concerned members of tribal communities are being recruited to participate in the Action Camp hosted by Navajo Technical University in Crownpoint, New Mexico, July 24–28, 2017. Announcement, Online Application

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

Fall 2017, October 4–6, 2017
Meeting Registration

Winter 2018, February 12–15, 2018
Spring 2018, March 9-10, 2018
Summer 2018, July 9-11, 2018
Fall 2018, October 9–10, 2018
Winter 2019, February 11–14, 2019
Spring 2019, March 14-16, 2019

student meetings/events

  • 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

Red Lake Nation College—RLNC's video, Come Soar With Us! was written and performed by Native hip hop artist Tall Paul with creative input and guidance from President Dan King. All extras are RLNC students, faculty, staff, board members and Red Lake community members.

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute—SIPI will offer "The SIPI New Student Scholar Award" starting Fall 2017. This new scholarship is designed to attract and retain high achieving, first time SIPI students who are committed to their academic success. The award will waive ALL student fees for full-time, residential, or commuter students, including meal plans. Announcement

Navajo Technical University —NTU approved to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements by the New Mexico Higher Education Department. NC-SARA.

Fort Peck Community College—FPCC staff and students, Del First and Ethan Three Stars were acknowledged by World Wildlife Fund for their efforts to preserve and revitalize the Dakota language. World Wildlife Magazine Article.

Institute of American Indian Arts—President Robert Martin, esteemed leader who has revolutionized Indian education across the country, and IAIA were filmed by Oisyo.TV film crew during IAIA’s commencement week in May. VIDEO.


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
Are you an undergraduate looking for an opportunity to enhance your education in a STEM-related discipline? The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education administers a variety of internship programs for undergraduate students at national laboratories and other federal research facilities across the United States. Undergraduate Research Opportunities

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 37 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).