Tribal Colleges & Universities

Ilisagvik College

Barrow, Alaska

Dine College

Tsaile, Arizona

Tohono Oodham Community College

Sells, Arizona

Haskell Indian Nations University

Lawrence, Kansas

Bay Mills Community College

Brimley, Michigan

Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College

L’Anse, Michigan

Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College

Mount Pleasant, Michigan

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

Cloquet, MN

Leech Lake Tribal College

Cass Lake, Minnesota

Red Lake Nation College

Red Lake, Minnesota

White Earth Tribal and Community College

Mahnomen, Minnesota

Aaniiih Nakoda College

Harlem, Montana

Blackfeet Community College

Browning, Montana

Chief Dull Knife College

Lame Deer, Montana

Fort Peck Community College

Poplar, Montana

Little Big Horn College

Crow Agency, Montana

Salish Kootenai College

Pablo, Montana

Stone Child College

Box Elder, Montana

Little Priest Tribal College

Winnebago, Nebraska

Nebraska Indian Community College

Macy, Nebraska

Institute of American Indian Arts

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Navajo Technical University

Crownpoint, New Mexico

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Cankdeska Cikana Community College

Fort Totten, North Dakota

Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College

New Town, North Dakota

Sitting Bull College

Fort Yates, North Dakota

Turtle Mountain Community College

Belcourt, North Dakota

United Tribes Technical College

Bismarck, North Dakota

College of the Muscogee Nation

Okmulgee, Oklahoma

Oglala Lakota College

Kyle, South Dakota

Sinte Gleska University

Mission, South Dakota

Sisseton Wahpeton College

Sisseton, South Dakota

Northwest Indian College, Bellingham

Bellingham, Washington

College of Menominee Nation

Keshena, Wisconsin

Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College

Hayward, Wisconsin

Tribal colleges and universities provide dynamic higher education opportunities, most on or near reservation lands. Known for their remarkable programs, culturally-relevant curricula, and familial student care – tribal colleges allow students to further their careers, attain an advanced degree, or better support their communities. Click a state on the map to learn more about a TCU near you.

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Midwest TCUs

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Idaho Satellite Campus

33 Northwest Indian College, Bellingham, Washington

Bellingham, Washington
https://www.nwic.edu//

Northwest Indian College (NWIC) promotes indigenous self-determination and knowledge, based upon the acknowledgment that tribal values and beliefs are the foundation of education.

  • NWIC serves the Lummi reservation and surrounding community with seven campuses in Bellingham, Muckleshoot, Nez Perce, Nisqually, Port Gamble S’Klallam, Swinomish, and Tulalip, Washington
  • It is the only accredited tribal college serving the states of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho
  • NWIC offers bachelor’s degrees in tribal governance and management, and native environmental studies

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Washington

33 Northwest Indian College, Bellingham

Bellingham, Washington
https://www.nwic.edu//

Northwest Indian College (NWIC) promotes indigenous self-determination and knowledge, based upon the acknowledgement that tribal values and beliefs are the foundation of education.

  • NWIC serves the Lummi reservation and surrounding community with seven campuses in Bellingham, Muckleshoot, Nez Perce, Nisqually, Port Gamble S’Klallam, Swinomish, and Tulalip, Washington
  • It is the only accredited tribal college serving the states of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho
  • NWIC offers bachelor’s degrees in tribal governance and management, and native environmental studies

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Kansas

4 Haskell Indian Nations University

Lawrence, Kansas
https://www.haskell.edu/

Originally a residential boarding school, Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU) has educated generations of Native American students for more than 120 years.

  • With many athletic options and scholarships, HINU is also home to the American Indian Athletic Hall of Fame.
  • There is no tuition cost for members of federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes.
  • Located in urban Lawrence, Kansas, Haskell’s campus is less than two miles from the University of Kansas.

Michigan

5 Bay Mills Community College

Brimley, Michigan
https://www.bmcc.edu/

The curriculum of Bay Mills Community College’s (BMCC) community-based and culturally diverse environment promotes students’ education attainment and maintains the Anishinaabek culture and language.

  • BMCC’s beautiful campus is located on the southeast shore of Lake Superior in Brimley, Michigan.
  • BMCC’s Starfish Program ensures effective communication and student success through the latest technology, to seamlessly connect students to the resources and support they need.
  • Certificate programs and associate, and bachelor’s degrees programs in early childhood education are available completely online.
Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College

6 Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College

L’Anse, Michigan
https://www.kbocc.edu/

Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College (KBOCC) serves as the primary higher education institution for the L’Anse Indian Reservation, providing a college experience rich in Ojibwa culture, tradition, and beliefs.

  • KBOCC is a part of the Michigan Transfer Agreement, which helps student transfers to a large number of Michigan colleges and universities.
  • The tribal management certificate prepares students for management opportunities within the Anishinaabe tribe and other tribal governments.
  • The “Little Eagles” kindergarten readiness program and child care provides a research-based curriculum with Ojibwe language and cultural activities.
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College

7 Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College

Mount Pleasant, Michigan
https://www.sagchip.edu/

Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College (SCTC) provides educational opportunities reflecting Anishinaabe values in a nurturing environment and inspires all people to attain a higher level of personal and academic success.

  • SCTC’s work embodies the Seven Grandfather Teachings of truth, wisdom, bravery, humility, respect, love, and honesty.
  • Students enjoy small classes of 25 or less, with tutoring and other student and transfer support programs.
  • Mount Pleasant was named one of the safest college towns in 2015 by Safewise.

Arizona

Diné College

2 Diné College

Tsaile, Arizona
https://www.dinecollege.edu/

Chartered by the Navajo Nation, Diné College was the first tribally controlled and accredited college in the United States. It encourages Navajo youth to become contributing members of their Nation and the world.

  • It serves students across the 26,000 square miles of the Navajo Nation on eight campuses in Chinle, Ariz., Tsaile, Ariz, Tuba City, Ariz, Window Rock, Ariz, Crownpoint, New Mexico, Shiprock, New Mexico, Newcomb, New Mexico, and Aneth, Utah.
  • Student and family housing features the traditional Navajo “hoogan” octagonal structure.
  • Cultural engagement opportunities include the study of Diné language, Navajo fine arts, and athletics such as archery and rodeo.
https://tocc.edu/ Tohono O'odham Community College

3 Tohono O’odham Community College

Sells, Arizona
https://tocc.edu/

Tohono O’odham Community College (TOCC) serves the Tohono O’odham Reservation along the southern U.S. border with Himdag (culture) is at the center of the college’s mission.

  • TOCC serves students with two locations in Sells, Ariz., and additional campuses in Phoenix, Ariz. and San Carlos, Ariz.
  • K-12 college readiness and dual enrollment opportunities are available through TOCC’s Students Thriving, Achieving and Rising Together (S.T.A.R.T.) program

Alaska

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1 Iḷisaġvik College, Barrow

Barrow, Alaska
https://www.ilisagvik.edu/

Primarily serving residents at the northernmost tip of the United States, Ilisaġvik College provides education based on the Iñupiaq culture of subsistence in harmony with the land and seas.

  • As Alaska’s only tribal college, it is located at the northern tip of the state in Barrow.
  • Ilisaġvik provides residential student housing, transportation, recreational and cultural opportunities, academic support, internship, and job placement assistance.
  • Unique academic offerings include dental therapy, industrial safety, and Inupiaq studies.

Minnesota

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8 Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

Cloquet, MN
https://www.fdltcc.edu/

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College (FDLTCC) was created by the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa to provide education opportunities for the communities it serves in a welcoming, culturally diverse environment.

https://www.lltc.edu/

9 Leech Lake Tribal College

Cass Lake, Minnesota
https://lltc.edu/

Located on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation, Leech Lake Tribal College (LLTC) provides education grounded in Anishinaabe values to empower lifelong learners to be fully engaged citizens, stewards of the land and culture, and leaders.

  • Ranked #1 community college in the U.S. based on affordability, student-faculty ratio, graduation rates, and job placement.
  • LLTC offers a degree in Indigenous leadership, which is steeped in cultural knowledge and helps students address concerns in their community.
Red Lake Nation College

10 Red Lake Nation College

Red Lake, Minnesota
https://www.rlnc.education/

Red Lake Nation College (RLNC) provides a higher education grounded in the Ojibwe language and culture, providing two-year associate degrees to help students take the first step in their education journey.

  • Two campuses serve students on the Red Lake Reservation and in Minneapolis.
  • RLNC is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity through the Seven Grandfather Teachings.
White Earth Tribal and Community College

11 White Earth Tribal and Community College

Mahnomen, Minnesota
https://www.wetcc.edu/

White Earth Tribal College (WETCC) is an institution of higher learning on the White Earth Reservation dedicated to academic excellence and grounded in Anishinaabe culture, values, and traditions.

  • WETCC offers an Ojibwe Language Certificate for students seeking to build proficiency and fluency.
  • Students can receive financial and career counseling and chemical dependency counseling.
  • WETCC’s Extension Service promotes cultural food literacy by providing teachings and activities that enhance food security for the community.

Montana

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12 Aaniiih Nakoda College

Harlem, Montana
https://www.ancollege.edu/

Established by the Gros Ventre and Assiniboine tribes, Aaniiih Nakoda College (ANC) is a tribal community college providing higher education to the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation.

  • In addition to bachelor and associate degrees, certificates in tribal management and welding are available.
  • ANC features a public radio station that broadcasts local and national programming.
  • The school operates a USDA Extension Farm for scientific research, teaching and tribal health.
https://www.lltc.edu/

13 Blackfeet Community College

Browning, Montana
https://bfcc.edu/

Blackfeet Community College (BCC) serves the Blackfeet Indian Reservation, promoting and advancing Blackfeet values through high quality educational programs and services.

  • The Blackfeet Reservation lies between beautiful Glacier National Park, the Lewis and Clark National Forest and province of Alberta, Canada.
  • Housing math, science and IT services, BCC’s modern Southwind Lodge is a Platinum LEED certified building.
  • The school’s curriculum is centered around the Blackfeet way of knowing – Being a Leader, Respect, Living in a Good Way, Trying Hard, Accepting Everyone, and Happy Living.
Red Lake Nation College

14 Chief Dull Knife College

Lame Deer, Montana
https://www.cdkc.edu/

Located on the Lame Deer Reservation, Chief Dull Knife College (CDKC) is a tribally-controlled land grant community college established to provide culturally influenced and life-long educational opportunities.

  • Serving the Northern Cheyenne people, CDKC now offers a variety of degrees and maintains transfer agreements with the Montana university system
  • The school now offers a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, in a partnership with Salish Kootenai College
  • CDKC offers internship opportunities supported by the National Science Foundation, NASA, and the National Institutes of Health
White Earth Tribal and Community College

15 Fort Peck Community College

Poplar, Montana
https://www.fpcc.edu/

Located on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation, Fort Peck Community College (FPCC) is a tribally-controlled community college that promotes Indian culture, while preparing students for their employment future.

  • FPCC serves students in Northern Montana on two campuses located in Poplar and Wolf Point.
  • With more than 25 associate and certificate programs, students can study a variety of fields, including tribal governance, nursing, automotive tech, paralegal, and IT.
White Earth Tribal and Community College

16 Little Big Horn College

Crow Agency, Montana
https://www.lbhc.edu/

Located on the Crow Indian Reservation, Little Big Horn College (LBHC) is a tribal college with a curriculum reflecting the scholarship, knowledge, and values of the Crow Tribe.

  • The design of LBHC’s modern facilities reflect the beauty of Crow geometric design
  • Their new Health and Wellness Center enables a healthy lifestyle with a cardio room, weight room, aerobic room, saunas, and a gym
  • A variety of associate degrees and certificates are available at LBHC, including tribal governance, education, information systems, and highway construction
White Earth Tribal and Community College

17 Salish Kootenai College

Pablo, Montana
https://www.skc.edu/

Salish Kootenai College (SKC) empowers students to improve the lives of their families and communities through research, leadership and service.

  • In 2015, Salish became the first tribal college to design and launch a satellite into low-Earth Orbit under NASA’s CubeSat program
  • Located on the Flathead Indian Reservation in western Montana, SKC’s campus features a 9-hole golf course, the Silver Fox Golf Course
White Earth Tribal and Community College

18 Stone Child College

Box Elder, Montana
https://www.stonechild.edu/

Stressing the importance of preserving the Chippewa Cree language, culture, and history, Stone Child College (SCC) is a student-centered, life-long learning environment.

  • SCC serves Chippewa-Cree communities on Rocky Boy Indian Reservation, in Box Elder, MT
  • Built in 2006, the Jon “Cubby” Morsette Vocational Center offers programs in pre-engineering and construction technology *Native language requirement to graduate
  • The Accessing Choices in Education (ACE) Project at SCC demonstrates the effectiveness of programs designed to improve the education and achievement of Indian children and youth

Nebraska

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19 Little Priest Tribal College

Winnebago, Nebraska
https://www.littlepriest.edu/

Preparing students for transfer to a four-year institution, Little Priest Tribal College (LPTC) serves the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska on the Winnebago Reservation and surrounding communities.

  • The college is named for the last war chief of the Ho-Chunk, whose last words were “Be strong and educate my children.”
  • LPTC signed the Nebraska Transfer Initiative, an agreement with four-year Nebraska institutions to accept associate degree courses for transfer
https://www.lltc.edu/

20 Nebraska Indian Community College

Macy, Nebraska
https://www.thenicc.edu/

Nebraska Indian Community College (NICC) provides quality higher education and lifelong learning through tribally relevant curricula to the Umonhon (Omaha) and Isanti (Santee Sioux) communities.

  • They serve students with three campus sites in Macy, Santee, and South Sioux City, NEB.
  • Associate degrees are available in areas such as Native American studies, carpentry, and business.
  • NICC participates in the Nebraska Transfer Initiative, an agreement with four-year Nebraska institutions to accept associate degree courses for transfer.

New Mexico

https://iaia.edu/

21 Institute of American Indian Arts

Santa Fe, New Mexico
https://www.iaia.edu/

The Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is the only four-year fine arts degree institution in the nation devoted to contemporary Native American and Alaska Native arts.

  • The campus sits on the homelands of the Pueblo nations.
  • IAIA aims to serve as the premier educational institution for Native peoples across the country in Native arts and cultures.
  • It houses the 7,000 square foot National Collection of Contemporary Native American Art.
http://www.navajotech.edu/

22 Navajo Technical University

Crownpoint, New Mexico
https://www.navajotech.edu/

Navajo Technical University (NTU) was established by the Navajo tribe to offer technical, vocational and academic degrees and community education in a student-oriented, hands-on learning environment.

  • Their learning model is based on the Diné Philosophy of Education.
  • NTU is the largest tribal college and university in the Navajo Nation.
  • Campuses in Chinle and Teec Noc Poc, Arizona serve students.
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute

23 Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute

Albuquerque, New Mexico
https://www.sipi.edu/

Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) sits in Albuquerque, New Mexico’s high-tech corridor, preparing culturally diverse Native students through partnerships with tribes, employers, and other stakeholders.

  • SIPI provides a range of career and transfer opportunities in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.
  • The campus serves students from over 120 tribes across the United States.

North Dakota

https://www.littlehoop.edu/

24 Cankdeska Cikana Community College

Fort Totten, North Dakota
https://www.littlehoop.edu/

Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC) offers vocational and technical training – building a strong and viable Dakota community that enjoys physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.

  • The campus is located on Spirit Lake Reservation in Fort Totten, North Dakota.
  • The College is named after Paul “Little Hoop” Yankton, a Dakota hero who fought in World War II.
  • CCCC emphasizes the teaching and learning of Dakota culture and language.
Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College logo

25 Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College

New Town, North Dakota
https://nhsc.edu/

Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College (NHSC) is tribally chartered by the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation – providing quality cultural, academic, and vocational education for its people.

  • Located on the Fort Berthold Reservation in New Town, North Dakota.
  • Every student has a laptop and can purchase textbooks with bookstore vouchers.
  • NHSC offers a degree in equine studies and operates a community riding therapy program.
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute

26 Sitting Bull College

Fort Yates, North Dakota
https://www.sittingbull.edu/

Located on the Standing Rock Reservation, Sitting Bull College is committed to building intellectual capital through academic, career and technical education, and promoting economic and social development for its people.

  • Sitting Bull College serves students with three locations in Fort Yates, ND, McLaughlin, SD, and Mobridge, SD.
  • The education at the College is guided by Lakota and Dakota culture, values, and language.
  • The College’s equine studies program maintains a cultural tradition of horsemanship, alongside continuing education, youth riding activities, and a rodeo club.
https://www.tm.edu/

27 Turtle Mountain Community College

Belcourt, North Dakota
https://www.tm.edu/

Turtle Mountain Community College (TMCC) seeks continuous improvement through student learning, with a focus on the cultural and social heritage of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.

  • Their 123-acre main campus is nestled within the boundaries of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indian Reservation, with an additional location in Belcourt, North Dakota.
  • In addition to a bachelor’s degree in Ojibwe culture, language, and history, TMCC offers career and technical certificates in a wide variety of trades and skills.
College of the Muscogee Nation

28 United Tribes Technical College

Bismarck, North Dakota
https://www.uttc.edu/

United Tribes Technical College strives to remain a premiere college, and a leader in tribal education, arts, cultural preservation, and technology.

  • UTTC serves five tribal nations, including Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate, Spirit Lake Nation, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the Three Affiliated Tribes, and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa.
  • Located just four miles south of Bismarck, ND, students enjoy the benefits of city life but study on a small campus with a strong sense of community.

South Dakota

https://www.littlehoop.edu/

30 Oglala Lakota College

Kyle, South Dakota
https://www.olc.edu/

Oglala Lakota College (OLC) was chartered by Oglala Sioux Tribe to serve and train tribe members of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

  • OLC serves the Oglala Sioux community on a decentralized campus in Kyle, South Dakota.
  • Oglala Lakota offers both graduate and undergraduate programs, including a master’s degree in Lakota Leadership and Management.
  • OLC is home to KOLC-TV, broadcasting current news and events happening in the Lakota Nation.
Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College logo

31 Sinte Gleska University

Mission, South Dakota
https://www.sintegleska.edu/

Sinte Gleska University (SGU) endeavors to provide each Lakota person the opportunity to pursue an education in a way that is relevant to career and personal needs.

  • SGU serves the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in Mission, South Dakota.
  • The campus is host to the annual Northern Plains Indian Art Market.
  • Chartered by the Sicangu Lakota tribe, SGU is named for the Brulé Chief Sinte Gleska or Spotted Tail.
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute

32 Sisseton Wahpeton College

Sisseton, South Dakota
https://www.swc.tc/

Founded by the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe, Sisseton Wahpeton College (SWC) provides higher education, research, vocational, technical, and continuing education.

  • SWC serves Dakota communities on the Lake Transverse Reservation in Sisseton, South Dakota.
  • One of the few schools in South Dakota to offer academic and vocational degrees.
  • The Vocational Ed building, ‘Song to the Great Spirit,’ was built by students and is adorned with four large singers with raised drumsticks.

Wisconsin

http://www.menominee.edu/

34 College of Menominee Nation

Keshena, Wisconsin
http://www.menominee.edu/

The College of Menominee Nation (CMN) prepares students for leadership, careers and advanced studies. They nurture American Indian culture and provide outreach and community service, while also serving as a center for lifelong learning.

  • They serve students with campuses in Keshena and Green Bay, Wisconsin.
  • The school’s Sustainable Development Institute offers education and research opportunities based on the sustainable environmental practices of the Menominee people.
  • CMN hosts an annual theatrical pageant at the Menominee tribe’s historic Woodland Bowl.
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College

35 Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College

Hayward, Wisconsin
https://www.lco.edu/

The Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa College (LCOOC) mission is to provide Anishinaabe communities with post-secondary and continuing education while advancing the language, culture, and history of the Ojibwe.

  • LCOOC serves the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa with campuses in Hayward, Odanah, Lac du Flambeau, Bayfield and Webster, Wisconsin.
  • The school’s extension farm promotes land stewardship and sustainable practices to students, and the community.

Oklahoma

College of the Muscogee Nation

29 College of the Muscogee Nation

Okmulgee, Oklahoma
https://www.cmn.edu

Located in the heart of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, the College of Muscogee Nation (CMN) offers quality education with traditional Muscogee values.

  • CMN helps students achieve their academic and career goals through a quality learning environment sensitive to Muscogee culture, language, and history.
  • Associate degrees are available in gaming, criminal justice, and criminal justice.
  • The school provides emergency assistance to students experiencing unforeseen financial emergencies through their Oretv (Achieve) Program.

Colorado

College of the Muscogee Nation

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Denver, Colorado

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