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American Indian Higher Education Consortium

In 1973, the first six American Indian tribally controlled colleges established the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) to provide a support network as they worked to influence federal policies on American Indian higher education. Today, AIHEC has grown to 38 Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) in the United States. Each of these institutions 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 provides leadership and influences public policy on American Indian and Alaska Native higher education issues through advocacy, research, and programmatic initiatives; promotes and strengthens Indigenous languages, cultures, communities, lands, and tribal nations; and through its unique position, serves member institutions and emerging TCUs.  

AIHEC is a 501(c)(3) organization governed by a board of directors, which is composed of the presidents of the accredited United States-based TCUs.  

In partnership with the Bureau of Indian Affairs Tribal Resilience Program and Southwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (SW CASC), AIHEC employs BIA Tribal Resilience Liaison, Althea Walker, who works out of the SW CASC.  


American Indian Higher Education Consortium Brochure

For more than four decades AIHEC has been the collective spirit and unifying voice of TRIBAL Colleges and Universities.

American Indian Higher Education Consortium Indigenous Evaluation

American Indians and Alaskan Natives (AIAN) are reclaiming the education of our people through tribally-controlled colleges and universities and pre-K-12 schools and by working with educators in public schools that serve our children. Through curricula and programs designed to make learning more meaningful to tribal situations and cultures, Tribal Colleges and Universities and programs in K-12 schools serving Indian students are working to reverse the history of devastating educational practices that sought to remove us from our culture and that have failed to effectively teach our children. 

AIHEC Indigenous Evaluation Framework Workshop Series - AIHEC developed a series of four 2.5-day intensive and hands-on workshops on the Indigenous Framework for Evaluation and invited people to join our effort to take ownership of evaluation in Indian Country to help build an evaluation framework relevant to community and responsive to traditional values and culture. A training workbook was developed to facilitate the training. Although there are no training workshops scheduled at this time, the chapters from the workbook are now available in PDF format.

Tribal College Journal

Journal of American Indian Higher Education

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