117th Congress (First Session): Legislative Priorities

For the nation's Tribal Colleges and Universities



COVID-19: Legislative Priorities for Immediate TCU Needs:

Relief Package #5

  1. TCU Urgent Needs for COVID Relief Package #5

COVID-19 Rescue and Recovery TCU Priorities

  1. TCU IT Service Fund (USDA-RUS)
  2. TCU Infrastructure Challenges
  3. New Study Reveals the Impact of COVID-19 on Tribal College Students (March 1, 2021)

FY 2022 Appropriations/Funding Requests:

  1. FY2022 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Requests
  2. FY2022 Commerce and Justice; Energy and Water Development Appropriations Requests
  3. FY2022 Labor, HHS, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Requests
  4. FY2022 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Requests
  5. AIHEC FY2022 Appropriations/Funding Requests—combined

Legislative Issues:

  1. Overview: Higher Education Act Reauthorization for Tribal Colleges and Universities
  2. AIHEC Proposed Amendments for the Higher Education Act (HEA) Reauthorization
  3. AIHEC Proposed Amendments for the Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities Assistance Act Reauthorization

Impact of COVID-19 on TCUs:


  1. Iḷisaġvik College (Barrow, AK)
    1. Iḷisaġvik College Impact Sheet
    2. Marie Stackhouse, Iḷisaġvik College Student Video
    3. Natasha Itta, Iḷisaġvik College Student Video


  1. Diné College (Tsaile, AZ) (Satellite location in Aneth, UT)
  2. Tohono O'odham Community College (Sells, AZ)
    1. Jamie Siquieros and Ashlynn Siquieros, TOCC Student Video
    2. TOCC students with a desire to give back: Video
  3. San Carlos Apache College (San Carlos, AZ)
    1. SCAC Impact Sheet
    2. Melissa Cosen, SCAC Student Video
    3. Angel Tarango, SCAC Student Video


  1. American Indian College Fund


  1. Little Priest Tribal College (Satellite location: Sioux City, IA)
    1. My Soul Earth Kearnes, LPTC Student Video


  1. Haskell Indian Nations University (Lawrence, KS)
    1. HINU Impact Sheet


  1. Bay Mills Community College (Brimley, MI)
    1. BMCC Impact Sheet
    2. Trinity Bowen, BMCC Student Video
  2. Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College (Baraga, MI)
    1. KBOCC Impact Sheet
    2. Vanessa Rasanen, KBOCC Student Video
    3. Summer Madrid, KBOCC Student Video
  3. Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College (Mount Pleasant, MI)
    1. SCTC Impact Sheet
    2. SCTC Professor George Roy and SCTC Students Video


  1. Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (Cloquet, MN)
    1. FDLTCC Impact Sheet
    2. Daphne Shabaisha, FDLTCC Student Video
  2. Leech Lake Tribal College (Cass Lake, MN)
    1. LLTC Impact Sheet
    2. Kaylene “Kwe” Humphrey, LLTC Student Video
    3. Justin Allen Wilson, LLTC Student Video
  3. Red Lake Nation College (Red Lake, MN)
    1. RLNC Student Video
  4. White Earth Tribal and Community College (Mahnomen, MN)
    1. WETCC Impact Sheet
    2. Chayann Fairbanks, WETCC Student Video
    3. Nicole Dewey, WETCC Student Video


  1. Aaniiih Nakoda College (Harlem, MT)
    1. Esther Talks Different, ANC Student Video
    2. Weslyn Schilling, ANC Student Video
  2. Blackfeet Community College (Browning, MT)
    1. Christie Farmer, BCC Student Video
    2. Shawn Old Chief, BCC Student Video
  3. Chief Dull Knife College (Lame Deer, MT)
    1. Calvin Russette, CDKC Student Video
    2. Jade Walksalong, CDKC Student Video
  4. Fort Peck Community College (Poplar, MT)
    1. FPCC Impact Sheet
    2. Gifford Standing, FPCC Student Video
    3. Michael Cooper, FPCC Student Video
  5. Little Big Horn College (Crow Agency, MT)
    1. Pixie Real Bird, LBHC Student Video
    2. Edith Big Lake, LBHC Student Video
  6. Salish Kootenai College (Pablo, MT)
    1. SKC Impact Sheet
    2. SKC Student Video
  7. Stone Child College (Box Elder, MT)
    1. SCC Impact Sheet


  1. Little Priest Tribal College (Winnebago, NE)
    1. LPTC Impact Sheet
    2. My Soul Earth Kearnes, LPTC Student Video
  2. Nebraska Indian Community College (Macy, NE)
    1. NICC Student Video

New Mexico

  1. Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (Albuquerque, NM)
    1. SIPI Impact Sheet
    2. Derrick Shirley, SIPI Student Video
    3. Kamren Apache, SIPI Student Video
  2. Institute of American Indian Arts (Santa Fe, NM)
    1. IAIA Impact Sheet
    2. Ellen Maldonado, IAIA Student Video
    3. Bryson Meyers, IAIA Student Video
  3. Navajo Technical University (Crownpoint, NM)
    1. NTU Impact Sheet
    2. Dee James, NTU Student Video
    3. Marcie Vandever, NTU Student Video

North Dakota

  1. Cankdeska Cikana Community College (Fort Totten, ND)
    1. CCCC Impact Sheet
    2. Areonna GreyBear, CCCC Student Video
    3. Brittany Omen, CCCC Student Video
    4. Chanoa Nestell: CCCC Student Video
  2. Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College (New Town, ND)
    1. NHSC Impact Sheet
    2. Bryann R, NHSC Student Video
  3. Sitting Bull College (Fort Yates, ND)
    1. SBC Impact Sheet
    2. Regan Dunn, SBC Student Video
  4. Turtle Mountain Community College (Belcourt, ND)
    1. TMCC Impact Sheet
    2. Ivie Frederick, TMCC Student Video
    3. Mark Azure, TMCC Student Video
  5. United Tribes Technical College (Bismark, ND)
    1. UTTC Impact Sheet
    2. Ayanna Maynard, UTTC Student Video


  1. College of the Muscogee Nation (Okmulgee, OK)
    1. CMN Impact Sheet
    2. Joseph Kahbeah, CMN Student Video

South Dakota

  1. Oglala Lakota College (Kyle, SD)
  2. Sinte Gleska University (Mission, SD)
    1. SGU Impact Sheet
    2. Kristen Cox, SGU Student Video
  3. Sisseton Wahpeton College (Agency Village, SD)
    1. SWC Impact Sheet
    2. Braden Thue, SWC Student Video
    3. Valorie TwoHearts, SWC Student Video
    4. Nathan Cloud, SWC Student Video
  4. Sitting Bull College (Fort Yates, SD)
    1. SBC Impact Sheet
    2. Regan Dunn, SBC Student Video

Washington & Idaho

  1. Northwest Indian College (Bellingham, WA)
    1. NWIC Impact Sheet
    2. Stephanie Cultee, NWIC Student Video
    3. Jasmine Higheagle, NWIC Student Video


  1. College of Menominee Nation (Keshena, WI)
    1. CMN Impact Sheet
    2. CMN Student Video
  2. Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College (Hayward, WI)
    1. LCOOC Impact Sheet
    2. Catera Roberts, LCOOC Student Video