Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College campus

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

AIHEC news

TCU Students: Take Action!
Save Student Aid
—America’s future depends on ensuring all students have the opportunity to go to college. Congress proposes to cut the student aid programs that keep higher education within reach for millions of students. Contact Congress now to save student aid in 2016. Take Action Form

Your Vote, Your Voice 2016 Campus Voter Registration Drive —Postsecondary institutions have been required by federal law to make a good-faith effort to distribute voter registration forms to all of their on-campus degree or certificate-seeking students, whether your state has a voter registration requirement or not. This requirement may now be met by providing access to the forms electronically at Your Vote Your Voice.

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 2016, October 6–7, 2016
Meeting Registration

Winter 2017, February 6–9, 2017
Spring 2017, March 16–18, 2017
Summer 2017, July 13–15, 2017
Fall 2017, October 5–7, 2017
Winter 2018, February 12–15, 2018
Spring 2018, March 9-10, 2018

student meetings/events

  • Basketball Tournament, March 15-19, 2017
  • Spring Conference, March 19-21, 2017
  • Spring Conference, March 11-14, 2018
College of Menominee Nation

College of Menominee Nation 2016 Grads. Photo by college.

TCU spotlight

Northwest Indian College—EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced the formal establishment of a new Local Environmental Observers Network (LEO) program hub at NWIC. MORE

Haskell Indian Nations University —The Native American Journalist Association (NAJA) recently announced the 2016 National Native Media award winners. Students from HINU were honored with 16 awards for excellence in reporting with the Haskell News and The Indian Leader. MORE

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College—LCO presented on the Oshki Bimaadiziiwin Jail Education Program at the 20th International Restorative Practices Conference in San José, Costa Rica. The theme of the conference was "justice, community, and education" and included participants from over 20 countries. The LCO jail program offers a restorative justice approach to teaching college courses to incarcerated populations in county jails in Northwest Wisconsin. MORE

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Dine College Navajo Culture Class

Diné College Navajo Culture Class. Photo by Edward McCombs.

for TCU students

TCU Students: Take Action!
Save Student Aid
—America’s future depends on ensuring all students have the opportunity to go to college. Congress proposes to cut the student aid programs that keep higher education within reach for millions of students. Contact Congress now to save student aid in 2016. Take Action Form

First Nations Native Agriculture and Food Systems Scholarship Program
First Nations Development Institute aims to encourage more Native American college students to enter the agricultural sector in Native communities. Application deadline: October 5, 2016. Information/Application

Bureau of Indian Education Scholarship and Internship Opportunities
The Bureau of Indian Education website lists resources and links for student scholarship and internship opportunities. BIE website

TCU Student Resources
TCU Student Opportunities

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.

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).