Fond du Lac Tribal & Community College campus

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

AIHEC news

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

Spring 2017, March 16–18, 2017
Meeting Registration

Summer 2017, June 20–22, 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

  • 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

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 College
  • College of Menominee Nation
  • Institute of American Indian Arts
  • Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College
  • Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College
  • Turtle Mountain Community College
  • 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

2017 AIHEC Student Conference—Oglala Lakota College is this year’s host for the AIHEC Student Conference March 19-21 at the Best Western Ramkota, Rapid City, SD. 2017 Student Conference Handbook

2017 AIHEC National Basketball Tournament—Hosted by Oglala Lakota College, the basketball tournament is March 15-19 in Rapid City, SD. Tournament location is at the South Dakota School of Mines in downtown Rapid City and the bracket play and championship will be held at Douglas High School in Box Elder, SD. Information/Registration

2017 Second World Indigenous Nations Games—Opportunity for TCU AI/AN students from the United States to participate in the Second World Indigenous Nations Games (II WING), July 2-9 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The AIHEC Athletic Commission will select 40 TCU student participants who will be provided lodging and meals. Applications are due March 10, 2017. Information/Application

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

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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.

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).