Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College campus

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

AIHEC news

2016 AIHEC Student Conference Competition Results

FALCON Native Waters on Arid Lands Research Experience. MORE

TCUs receive EPA-AIHEC Tribal ecoAmbassador Grants— Six TCUs received competitive grants totaling $160,000 through the American Indian Higher Education Consortium’s longstanding Tribal ecoAmbassador partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. MORE

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 2016, July 12–14, 2016
Fall 2016, October 6–9, 2016
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

student meetings/events

  • AIHEC Student Conference LIFE Conference, May 24-26, 2016
  • Basketball Tournament, March 15-19, 2017
  • Spring Conference, March 19-21, 2017
Tohono O'odham Community College's mens basketball team

Tohono O'odham Community College men's basketball team. Photo by college.

college spotlight

Tohono O'odham Community College—Jegos Men's Basketball team called "Relentlest" by Coach Matt Vargas. MORE

"Hoop dreams helping new dad come of age"
"TOCC's Eason is a shining light with DNA just right"–Arizona Daily Star

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute—Congratulations! SIPI’s "Swarmathon" team finished third in the nation in the first ever NASA Swarmathon Competition held at the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida. MORE


Dine College Navajo Culture Class

Diné College Navajo Culture Class. Photo by Edward McCombs.

for TCU students

Native American Fish and Wildlife Society Southwest Region Scholarship—This scholarship will assist and enable Native American students in the Southwest Region pursue a course of study leading to an undergraduate or graduate degree, and post graduate degree in the field of natural resource management, including fisheries and wildlife biology, general biology, forestry, soil and range management, environmental and related earth sciences, and conservation law enforcement. Application deadline: June 17, 2016. Information/Application

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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).