About The Program
The TCU Capital Infrastructure Fund was launched in January 2017 from a generous donor gift to assist tribal colleges and universities with capital infrastructure improvements on their campus. Nine projects were awarded.
Chief Dull Knife College (CDKC) Energy Efficiency Upgrades
Chief Dull Knife College conducted electrical upgrades required for campus facility insurance, increased campus security lighting to protect students and employees, and replaced exterior entrance doors on all campus facilities to enhance security and energy efficiency.
College of Muscogee Nation (CMN) Cultural Outdoor Classroom Fettv Emetoh Kvlketv
College of Muscogee Nation constructed an outdoor classroom/gazebo for Native American Studies and Cultural Community Garden classes. The outdoor classroom supports the college’s efforts towards preserving natural resources and is a model for the community in preserving the environment.
Fort Peck Community College (FPCC) Replacement of the Elevator System in the Greet the Dawn Building
Fort Peck Community College replaced the existing elevator in the Greet the Dawn (GTD) building, which has had numerous problems and breakdowns over the past few years and will address ADA part 504 Act for disability access. The GTD building houses the existing College administration offices and classrooms.
Iḷisaġvik College (IC) Better Serving Our Students: Improving the Water Fountains
Iḷisaġvik College upgraded water fountains that were more than 20 years old with water-efficient models that filter and improve water quality. IC also replaced carpets in the cafeteria/dining area, classrooms, and office space to improve insulation of the buildings in the arctic landscape in Barrow, AK.
Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Native New Mexican Landscaping
Institute of American Indian Arts incorporated eco-friendly plants and trees native to New Mexico into landscaping to increase drainage and provide an outdoor teaching area for students and community members outside of the newly opened LEED Silver Multipurpose Performing Arts and Fitness Center on the IAIA campus.
Little Big Horn College (LBHC) Smart Lighting
Little Big Horn College has become the hub of the community. Currently LBHC campus is very dark during the evening hours and has experienced a number of vandalism incidents due to poor lighting. LBHC replaced exterior and interior lights on campus to increase campus safety.
Little Priest Tribal College (LPTC) Energy Upgrade/Renovation
Little Priest Tribal College replaced deteriorated windows and doors and upgraded to LED lighting throughout the Cultural Learning Center/Student Service building to increase energy efficiency, reduce operating and maintenance costs, and protect art and artifacts by maintaining climate control within the building.
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) Landscaping Using Native Plants, Grey Water, and Other Sustainable Strategies to Improve SIPI’s Campus
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute addressed water conservation by implementing a xeriscape landscape in several campus areas.
Tohono O’odham Community College (TOCC) S-cuk Du’ag Campus Road Completion
Tohono O’odham Community College’s S-cuk Du’ag Campus Road Completion Project completed the road encircling the 32-acre S-cuk Du’ag Mascamacud (Black Mountain Campus), the main College campus. The road has spiritual and practical significance and serves to tie the campus together as well as provide needed access to parking and facilities.
Chief Dull Knife College
College of the Muscogee Nation
Fort Peck Community College
Little Big Horn College
Little Priest Tribal College
Salish Kootenai College
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute
Tohono O'odham Community College
Prior to joining the College Fund Ms. White Hat worked for Sanford Research in Sioux Falls, South Dakota as a project evaluator, where she oversaw and conducted research using a capacity-building approach to benefit regional tribal nations.