Be An Advocate for Native Education

Advocacy for Equitable Funding

Demand Equal Access to Education for Native Students

Push the federal government to uphold their funding agreement for tribally controlled colleges and universities.

Student Portrait

Background: Tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) were established by Native leaders to provide quality education and cultural training to their communities because other higher education institutions were too far away. The Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities Assistance Act of 1978 aimed to authorize funding to establish and improve the TCUs.

The Challenge: Since the Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities Assistance Act of 1978 passed, the TCUs have never received full funding at the authorized level of $8,000 per American Indian student.

How You Can Help:  Call your Congressional representatives today! Tell them Native students are depending upon them to give TCUs the full authorized funding under the Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities Assistance Act of 1978. Many of these students could not afford to go to college without an affordable tribal college. A tribal college education gives Native students and their families better opportunities for jobs while also contributing to their surrounding communities.

Or write! If you prefer not to call, please fill out the form below to contact your Congressional representatives.

Take Action! Fill out the form below for instructions and talking points to help you call your Congressional representatives. Call today, and demand that TCUs received the full authorized funding under the Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities Assistance Act of 1978.