Webinar: Native Language Medium Education for the Every Student Succeeds Act

The White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education is hosting a webinar April 25, 2017, 2-4:00 pm EDT to evaluate the components, policies, and practices of successful Native American language immersion schools and programs under Section 6005 of the Every Student Succeeds Act. ESSA Consultation Flyer

NIH BRAD Training

NIH hosts a two-week training each year on the structure of NIH and the myriad of opportunities available to higher education institutions. AIHEC has funding for two to three participants from the TCUs to participate. This year's trainings is scheduled from May 15 to May 26, 2017 in Bethesda, MD. If you are interested, please contact Deborah His Horse Is Thunder

National Human Genome Research Institute Short Course in Genomics

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) is offering a free professional development opportunity for Tribal College faculty teaching genetics, biology, or a related science course. NHGRI has funding for air travel, hotel accommodations, and per diem for up to four participants only. Selection is based on financial need and distance from course location. The free course is at the National Institute of Health, Bethesda, MD, July 3–August 3. Please note that March 23 is the last day for faculty to submit their applications for this course. Announcement, Application

Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program

The Core Fulbright Scholar Program offers over 500 teaching, research or combination teaching/research awards in over 125 countries. Opportunities are available for college and university faculty and administrators as well as for professionals, artists, journalists, scientists, lawyers, independent scholars and many others. In addition to several new program models designed to meet the changing needs of U.S. academics and professionals, Fulbright is offering more opportunities for flexible, multi-country grants. Application deadline: August 1, 2017. Information/Application

Higher Education Research Experiences at Oak Ridge National Labatory (ORNL)

Higher Education Research Experiences at ORNL provides research opportunities and associated activities for undergraduates, entering freshmen, recent associate’s or bachelor’s graduates, graduate students, thesis or dissertation research, and faculty. The program is designed to complement academic programs by utilizing the unique resources of ORNL to enhance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, encourage careers in science and technology, and improve scientific literacy, while at the same time contributing to the laboratory mission. To learn more, select the academic level on the ORNL website that most closely corresponds to your highest level achieved, and to find suggested deadlines for appointment periods.

AmeriCorps VISTAs & Tribal Resilience

AIHEC is seeking Tribal Colleges & Universities (TCUs) to host full-time, college-educated, Volunteers in Service to America (VISTAs) through the TCU VISTA Program. VISTAs can help provide capacity for community-driven projects that address pressing local climate change concerns. Announcement

Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education (OCTAE) Community of Practice

Join the virtual TCU Community of Practice group (CoPs) or the Minority-Serving Community Colleges group and connect with other TCUs and community colleges, access support and resources for serving your student populations, and learn more about federal programs and funding opportunities, particularly in career, technical, and adult education. Over the next year, AIHEC is pleased to work with OCTAE, and the U.S. Department of Education to sponsor technical assistance for the CoPs through the LINCS Community website. LINCS groups will participate in expert- and peer- led events, such as webinars and facilitated discussions, designed to address topics of interest for TCU and other MSI community colleges. To participate, create a LINCS account and join the TCU and/or Minority-Serving Community Colleges group. For more information or assistance, please contact

Sign Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Archambault's Petition

Sign your name to this petition, which now has more than 365,000 signatures. Chairman Archambault says: The pipeline presents a threat to our lands, our sacred sites, and our water. Now, thousands of American Indians, from more than 300 tribes spanning the continent, have joined with us to stand against this violation of our tribe's rights under federal laws and regulations. More than 20 city and county governments have also joined us to stand in opposition to this pipeline. President Obama must reject the pipeline's permit outright. Current and future generations depend on our rivers and aquifer to live. The Dakota Access pipeline jeopardizes the health of our water and could affect our people, as well as countless communities who live downstream, as the pipeline would cross four states...We demand to be heard, and we will continue to stand together for our nation and for all who live with and by the Missouri River, until justice is done. That's why I signed a petition to President Barack Obama, which says: "Reject the Dakota Access Pipeline pipeline and declare this land a cultural district, eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, to ensure its protection." Will you sign the petition too? Sign and spread the word throughout your TCU and community

Manager as Warrior

This book, written by Tom Allen, shows how modern management on Lakota reservations do not have to forgo the traditional Lakota values for managers to be successful. Published by Sinte Gleska University Press in 1993, this book is no longer printed. If you would like to obtain a copy of this informative book, please contact Tom Allen.

2016-17 OURS Leadership Program

With generous funding from the National Science Foundation, a new cohort of upcoming leaders is able to participate in the 2016-17 OURS Program which was initially launched in 2012 at The Chicago school of Professional Psychology. The OURS Program has moved to Fielding Graduate University with Dr. Orlando Taylor, PI and founder of this unique program that is designed to address both the national need to attract more women to the STEM workforce and the related need to provide female role models in STEM disciplines. This program was expanded from a focus on Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to the Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) in 2014 in collaboration with AIHEC.

The OURS Program is specifically designed to prepare women in the STEM disciplines at TCUs for academic leadership roles, either in the STEM disciplines or within institutional administration. This one-year post-graduate certificate in academic leadership will incorporate applied instruction and practical experiences on such topics as contemporary & future issues in higher education, financial and budgetary issues affecting TCUs, institutional advancement and governance, as well as personal attributes that enhance opportunities and success for women in academic leadership. Upon completion of this certificate program, OURS Program Fellows will be positioned to serve as exemplars in academic leadership positions. The participants in the current cohort of leadership fellows are: Ms. Kim Paul, Blackfeet Community College; Ms. Robin Benton, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute; Ms. Stacy Blu, Turtle Mountain Community College; Dr. Emma Norman and Ms. Julie Orloff, Northwest Indian College; Ms. Neva Tall Bear, Little Big Horn College; and Ms. Linda Black Elk, Sitting Bull College.

These fellows have completed the first of four residencies at Salish Kootenai College during the 2016 SKC TCU Summer Meeting with the second residency planned for December 2-4, 2016 at SIPI in Albuquerque, NM. There are a series of webinars that support the on-site residencies throughout this academic year. Fielding Graduate University is deeply committed to issues of diversity, service, and innovation.

National Center for Campus Public Safety

The NCCPS Weekly Snapshot is an electronic publication that features campus safety, law enforcement, and emergency management information and resources. It highlights educational documents provided by government, not-for-profit, and professional associations on various topics such as active threat, sexual and gender violence, behavioral threat assessment, Clery and Title IX, emergency management, and community relations. Additionally, the Weekly Snapshot offers information on nationally recognized observances, updates on legislation, federal safety and awareness bulletins and details on future training events. Join Mailing List     View Previous Weekly Snapshot Articles

Violence Against American Indians and Alaska Natives

National Institute of Justice published the latest research report examining the prevalence of intimate partner and sexual violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women and men. Using a nationally representative sample from the 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, the report provides estimates of sexual violence, physical violence by intimate partners, stalking, and psychological aggression by intimate partners. It also provides estimates of interracial and intraracial victimizations and briefly examines the impact of violence on the victims. Director's Corner: Violence Against American Indians and Alaska Natives

Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units (CESU)

AIHEC strongly encourages all TCUs to become members of the (CESU) National Network. Through the CESU network TCUs can connect with national research, technical assistance, and education resources, including federal environmental and land management agencies such as the BLM and the BIA. Not only does the CESU network provide its members access to expertise in biological, social, physical, and engineering disciplines needed to address issues such as climate change, sustainable resource management and food sovereignty, the cooperative agreement that all CESU members participate in provides a funding mechanism for federal CESU partners to work with non-federal members such as TCUs. CESU agreements allow each of the participating federal agencies to efficiently transfer funds and station employees at university partners. This will be of particular interest to TCUs working with their tribes on climate resilience projects and requesting funding from the BIA Climate Office. There is no cost for non-federal partners to join the CESU network. Please contact Al Kuslikis if you have any questions.

Native One-Stop, the official benefits website of the United States, launched a portal of resources for Native American, Alaskan Native, and tribal populations. The portal, Native One-Stop, provides information about the services that are available from the U.S. Government. Native One-Stop conveniently houses any service that these populations may need with topics ranging from assistance for populations with severe disabilities to congressional internships for Native Americans. Native One-Stop

Native Artists at the VP's Home

Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, honor five Native American and Alaskan Native artists in a reception at their home in Washington, D.C. The reception was in honor of artists Tony Abeyta (Navajo), Crystal Worl (Tlingit Athabascan), Jeff Kahm (Plains Cree), Courtney Leonard (Shinnecock Nation) and Dan Namingha (Tewa-Hopi) as well as a celebration of a collaboration between the U.S. Department of State's Office of Art in Embassies (AIE) and the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA). The five artists were commissioned by the AIE and IAIA to create 10 pieces of art each, that will be exhibited at U.S. diplomatic facilities around the world. Indian Country Today Media Network

USDA: Microloans & Rural Youth Loan Program

The new Farm Bill offers opportunities to expand opportunities to limited resource, underserved, new and beginning farmers. Please view both the FSA website at and the New Farmers website which is filled with great information for all of USDA:

Social Security Administration released a Dear Tribal Leader

The Social Security Administration released a Dear Tribal Leader letter to each of the 565 federally recognized tribes informing them about the enhancements and updates to their American Indian and Alaska Natives website, Additionally, Social Security created a special poster to honor and celebrate National Native American Heritage Month.