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AIHEC Research Survey on the Impact of COVID-19 on TCU Student Experiences

AIHEC Research Survey on the Impact of COVID-19 on TCU Student Experiences

May 5, 2017

AIHEC Statement on FY 2018 Trump Administration Budget Recommendations

AIHEC is extremely concerned that the Trump administration’s budget includes inexplicable cuts to programs integral to the work and future of the nation’s Tribal Colleges and Universities. MORE

November 10, 2015

Six Tribal Colleges Receive EPA-AIHEC Tribal EcoAmbassador Grants

Alexandria, VA—This month, six Tribal Colleges and Universities (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 (EPA). MORE

July 8, 2015

"America's Promise" and Tribal Colleges & Universities

President Obama unveiled a new "America's Promise" — a proposal to provide tuition-free community college education to millions of Americans. The America Indian Higher Education Consortium is pleased to report that the White House has confirmed that Tribal Colleges will be included in this initiative. PR: July 8, 2015    PR: January 9, 2015    White House Fact Sheet

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June 13, 2018

Farm Bill Amendments include TCU Provisions

Senator John Hoeven, chairman of the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committee and member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, approved a strong farm bill that will provide producers with needed tools such as strong crop insurance, improvements to the ARC program, and strong support for agriculture research. The committee approved amendments to provide farmers and ranchers with access to more capital, as well as to make improvements to help make the wetland conservation title more farmer friendly. MORE

March 21, 2018

College of Menominee Nation Names New President

Dr. Paul F. Trebian has been named President of the College of Menominee Nation (CMN), an accredited tribal college with campuses in Keshena and Green Bay, Wisconsin. He assumes the post on May 15, 2018. Dr. Trebian is a native of Alaska and a member of the Tlingit Tribe. MORE

February 12, 2018

Heitkamp Leads Bipartisan Group of Senators in Recognizing National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week

U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp led a bipartisan group of 22 Senators in recognizing the week of February 11, 2018 as National Tribal Colleges and Universities Week to celebrate the unique and critically important role these institutions of higher education play in supporting students from Indian Country. The resolution passed unanimously in the U.S. Senate. MORE

September 25, 2017

California Tribal College Selects First Full-time President

Dr. Billie Jo Kipp has been named the first fulltime president of the California Tribal College (CTC), following a year-long national search. In her new role, Dr. Kipp will lead CTC in establishing a campus, expanding its programs, developing curricula, and earning accreditation. Leland Kinter, Chairman of the Board of Regents, said "the California Tribal College is a unique project focused on offering rigorous courses of study that incorporate Native culture and values. Dr. Kipp’s academic background as an administrator, researcher and scientist combined with her longstanding commitment to addressing the chronic underrepresentation of Native Americans in higher education make her the unique person to successfully lead this effort." Dr. Kipp has served as president of Blackfeet Community College for six years and will be stepping down in October to begin the exciting work of taking CTC to the next level, including establishing cultural- and language-based higher education programs for California’s diverse Native population, which is the largest of any state. MORE

June 12, 2017

Ground Breaking Ceremony for the new Cankdeska Cikana Community College Center for Cultural Arts

CCCC groundbreaking center for cultural artsLeft to right: Mark McLean, JLG Architects; Vern Lambert; Mark Wax, USDA ND Rural Development Community Project Director; Joel Davey, JLG Architects; Jeanette Herald, Board of Regents Chairperson; Bernice Cavanaugh-John; Helen Jacobs; Lorraine Greybear; Louis Garcia; LaVerne Sullivan; Phillip “Skip” Longie; Dr. Cynthia Lindquist; Laurel Reuter, NDMOA Director.

FORT TOTTEN, ND—The Center for the Cultural Arts project evolved from a collaboration between CCCC and the North Dakota Museum of Art (NDMOA), Grand Forks, ND, Laurel Reuter, Executive Director. As part of its effort to fulfill the mission of teaching and perpetuating the Dakota language and culture, CCCC has striven to have an adequate physical campus that includes plans for theater arts, fine arts, music, a heritage center and library expansion toward the archiving of relevant Dakota history. All these components make for a rich teaching and learning environment that reinforces cultural identity toward the success of college students as well as the families and residents of the community. PRESS RELEASE

June 7, 2017

Cankdeska Cikana Community College and Partners to Launch Dakota Language Training Program

FORT TOTTEN, ND—Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC), in a partnership with the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) in Minnesota and three other tribal colleges, announced Voices of Our Ancestors (VOA), a two-year Dakota language training program. The Dakota language is one of our nation’s most endangered. The project goal is to increase the total number of Dakota speakers and teachers. PRESS RELEASE

May 12, 2017

OLC President to be Inducted into South Dakota Hall of Fame

KYLE, SD—Thomas Shortbull, Oglala Lakota College President, will be inducted into the South Dakota Hall of Fame on September 8-9, 2017 in Chamberlain, South Dakota. PRESS RELEASE, TCJ article

March 9, 2017

Students Named to the 2017 All-North Dakota Academic Team

BISMARCK, ND—Twelve North Dakota community college students have been named to the 2017 All-North Dakota Academic Team, which recognizes the academic achievements of community college students. PRESS RELEASE

February 6, 2017

Heitkamp Leads Bipartisan Group of 17 Senators in Dedicating the Week of Feb. 5 as National Tribal Colleges & Universities Week

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND), along with 17 cosponsors, led the Senate in a bi-partisan effort to designate the first full week of February as National Tribal College Week. "It’s because of the dedication of tribal colleges and universities to each student—many of whom have to overcome overwhelming obstacles of poverty, trauma and abuse—and their commitment to helping students flourish that I introduced this bipartisan legislation honoring the work of these schools," Heitkamp said. During National Tribal College Week, more than 150 TCU students, presidents, and governing board members met in Washington, D.C. to share their stories of success with key members of Congress. PRESS RELEASE

November 14, 2016

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Roberts Announces Applications Now Being Accepted for Indian Affairs Student Leadership Summer Institute 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Lawrence S. Roberts announced that applications to the Indian Affairs Student Leadership Summer Institute, a 10-week paid internship for post-secondary Native students now in its second year, are being accepted for 2017. The deadline for applications is November 30, 2016. PRESS RELEASE

February 22, 2016

Acting Assistant Secretary Roberts Announces Launch of the Indian Affairs 2016 Student Leadership Summer Institute for Native Students

WASHINGTON, D.C.—As part of President Obama's Generation Indigenous ("Gen-I") initiative to remove barriers to success for Native Youth, Acting Assistant Secretary – Indian Affairs Lawrence S. Roberts today announced the launch of the 2016 Indian Affairs Student Leadership Summer Institute, a paid 10-week summer internship program with the agency that begins in early June. The Institute will provide American Indian and Alaska Native post-secondary students with a unique opportunity to learn about federal policymaking and develop management and leadership skills within high-profile offices throughout the Indian Affairs organization. PRESS RELEASE

May 5, 2015

Study Links Diabetes to Hidden Mercury in Processed Foods

Naalehu, HI—Epidemic type-2 diabetes in the U.S. may be linked to the consumption of inorganic mercury in processed foods so prominent in the typical American diet, according to new science revealed by the Integrative Molecular Medicine Journal on May 2, 2015. PRESS RELEASE

Wrigley Highlights Tribal College Workforce Development Legislation

ND Lt. Gov. Wrigley with TCUs presidents Lt. Gov. Wrigley stood with legislators and Tribal College presidents to highlight Senate Bill 2218 which enhances workforce development efforts through North Dakota Tribal Colleges. In passing Senate Bill 2218, the Legislature authorized $5 million in workforce development grants for tribally controlled community colleges.

"Workforce development has been a significant focus in North Dakota for more than a decade," said Lt. Governor Wrigley. "Those efforts have helped create more than 100,000 new jobs in North Dakota since 2000, and helped us enjoy the fastest growing personal incomes and the lowest unemployment rate in the nation. Senate Bill 2218 is a continuation of our focus on people and the opportunities available for them to succeed throughout every corner of our state." MORE