Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College campus

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

AIHEC news

Rise with Standing Rock Native Nations March— Standing Rock and Native Nations led the Rise with Standing Rock Native Nations march in Washington, D.C. to demand respect for tribal rights, stop marginalization of tribal interests, and demonstrate that the Standing Rock movement is a global phenomenon. MORE INFORMATION

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

Summer 2017, June 26–28, 2017

Fall 2017, October 5–7, 2017
Winter 2018, February 12–15, 2018
Spring 2018, March 9-10, 2018
Summer 2018, July 9-11, 2018
Fall 2018, October 9–10, 2018

student meetings/events

  • Spring Conference, March 11-14, 2018
College of Menominee Nation

College of Menominee Nation 2016 Grads. Photo by college.

TCU spotlight

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute—SIPI finished with a history-making FIRST PLACE in a field of 20 national college and university competitive teams in the 2017 NASA National Swarmathon Competition. Conngratulations for winning the gold, SIPI team: Dr. Nader Vadiee and students Emery Sutherland (Navajo, Computer Aided Design/Drafting & Network Management), Schulte Cooke (Navajo, Liberal Arts & GIT); Christian Martinez (Laguna, Network Management), and Ty Shirley (Navajo, Pre-Engineering, Computer Aided Design/Drafting).
2017 Swarmathon Event Information

AIHEC and Achieving the Dream
Through an award from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, AIHEC and Achieving the Dream (ATD) recently launched a two-year initiative at eight TCUs designed to increase student success and completion by strengthening the colleges' use of data and technology. In collaboration with AIHEC, Achieving the Dream, a national non-profit leader in community college reform, is providing ongoing technical assistance and resources to the participating colleges. TCUs selected to participate in the initiative include: Blackfeet Community College, Cankdeska Cikana Community Colleg, College of Menominee Nation, Institute of American Indian Arts, Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College, Turtle Mountain Community College, and United Tribes Technical College.

Read more on Native News Online


Dine College Navajo Culture Class

Diné College Navajo Culture Class. Photo by Edward McCombs.

for TCU students

Management (OREM) Science Education & Internship Program
Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management offers students and recent college graduates opportunities to learn about the mission of the DOE-EM office and to receive specialized training and practical experience on the safe cleanup of environmental projects stemming from five decades of nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored energy research. Visit: to read about the full opportunity and to apply.

Summer Internship available with the Forest Service
The Forest Service is again offering internship opportunities for Native American college students through a partnership with the Greening Youth Foundation. The internship provides a 10 week work experience with a Forest Service unit, preferably near the students home, so they can live there and travel to the work site daily. However, there are some possibilities for students to work away from home when the Forest Service unit can provide Government housing. Announcement

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. Take Action Form

STEM Summer Research Opportunities:
Undergraduate Students
Graduate Students

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.

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).