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Tribal Colleges and Universities
When the Navajo nation established Navajo Community College (today called Diné College) in 1968 to meet its citizens’ unmet need for post-secondary higher education and ensure the continuation of Navajo language and culture, the tribal college movement was born. For more than 50 years, tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) have provided a path for American Indian students to access higher education and the opportunities it provides.
TCUs comprise a unique community of tribally and federally chartered institutions. Most TCUs are located on or near Indian reservations, with the core mission to strengthen tribal nations. TCUs make a lasting difference in the lives of American Indians and Alaska Natives students, their families, and their communities.
The American Indian College Fund serves 35 TCUs spanning 13 states. These institutions offer 264 certificate programs, 442 associate degree programs, 115 bachelor’s degree programs, and eight master’s degree programs.
TCU students receive a higher education in a learning environment where Native cultures, traditions, and experiences are woven into the DNA of these remarkable institutions—providing a space for students to thrive intellectually and socially.
Learn more about the accredited 35 TCUs the College Fund supports using the resources below.
100 Stevenson Street
Barrow, AK 99723
Ilisagvik College (IC) serves the residents of the North Slope Borough, America’s largest and most northern municipality. IC provides quality post-secondary academic, vocational, and technical education in a learning environment that perpetuates and strengthens Inupiat culture, values, and traditions.
IC offers associate degree and certificate programs. Degree areas of study include accounting, business services and management, emergency services, human services, Inupiaq studies, liberal arts, Indigenous early learning, allied health, office administration, and construction technology. Certificate programs offered include construction technology, emergency medical technician, entrepreneur/business, firefighting, accounting technician, business, medical coding, dental assistant, Inupiaq language, and Inupiaq fine arts. Distance learning programs are offered. The college also offers dual-credit programs for high school students.
Residential student housing, van rides, recreational and cultural opportunities, academic support, job placement assistance, and internship and student employment opportunities are available.
One Circle Dr. Route 12, Tsaile, AZ 86556
Diné College, the first tribal college, was established in 1969 on the Navajo reservation.
Chartered in 1968 by the Navajo Nation, Navajo Community College (renamed Diné College in 1997) was the nation’s first tribally controlled college, launching the tribal college movement. Diné College serves the Navajo Nation, covering all of northeastern Arizona, the southeastern part of Utah, and northwestern New Mexico. The college’s two main campuses are located in Tsaile, Arizona and Window Rock, Arizona. Satellite sites are located in Chinle, Tuba City, and Window Rock in Arizona, and Crownpoint and Shiprock in New Mexico.
Diné College offers bachelor’s degree programs in elementary education and business administration. It also offers associate degree programs and certificate programs. Associate degree subjects include business, arts, social work, psychology, mathematics, computer information systems, environmental science, biology, public health, and English. Certificate programs include irrigation technician, digital arts, natural resources, and Navajo cultural arts. The college also offers a dual-credit program for high school students seeking to earn college credit in high school.
The Tsaile main campus offers student housing, including married and family housing accommodations. Clubs, athletics and intramural sports, and a library in Tsaile with a vast collection accessible via an online portal with delivery to any center are available.
Tohono O’odham Community College
Highway 86, Sells, AZ 85634
Tohono O’odham Community College (TOCC) serves the remote 2.8 million acre Tohono O’odham reservation on the U.S.-Mexico border. The college’s mission is to enhance the unique Tohono O’odham Himdag (culture) by strengthening individuals, families, and communities through holistic, quality higher education services.
TOCC offers associate degrees in business administration, early childhood education, life science, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, office and administrative professions, Tohono O’odham agriculture and natural resources, social services, and literature. Certificate and diploma programs include carpentry, electrical studies, facilities maintenance, construction painting, child development, and casino gaming. Dual-enrollment programs are offered to high school students seeking to earn college and high school credit.
Housing is available on the main campus, but there is no cafeteria, so students cook together. The school offers men’s and women’s basketball programs and student employment opportunities.
Haskell Indian Nations University
155 Indian Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66046
For more than 120 years Haskell Indian Nations University (HINU) has educated generations of Native American students. The school opened to provide training in the trades and agricultural education and evolved from a residential boarding school to a secondary school to a vocational-technical institution during the first half of the 20th century. In 1970 it began offering a post-secondary curriculum, and in 1993 the school changed its current name of Haskell Indian Nations University to reflect its vision to serve as a national center for Indian education, research, and cultural preservation.
HINU offers a variety of degree programs. Bachelor’s degree areas of study are environmental science, elementary education, business administration, and American Indian studies. Associate degree areas of study include art, social work, speech communications, theatre, literature, media communications, natural sciences, community health, and business administration.
The university boasts a robust sports program. HINU attracts students from more than 130 tribes nationwide and offers student housing, clubs, and many activities.
Bay Mills Community College
12214 West Lakeshore Drive, Brimley, MI 49715
Bay Mills Community College (BMCC) provides education in a community-based, culturally diverse environment to support and maintain the Anishinaabek culture and language for the Bay Mills Indian Community, a tribal nation serving the many Sault Ste. Marie bands of Chippewa Indians.
BMCC offers associate degrees, certificate and diploma programs. Associate degree subjects include computer information systems, business administration, early childhood education, construction technology, Ojibwe language instruction, and criminal justice corrections. Certificate programs include emergency medical technician training, and early childhood education. Diploma programs are available in Ojibwe language. BMCC also offers continuing education programs, a dual enrollment program allowing youth to earn college credit while attending high school, and free Native American studies courses to the community. BMCC assists in students’ successful transition to four-year institutions through its articulation agreements with Michigan colleges and universities.
A student success center, tutoring, calculator and laptop lending program, and a wide array of clubs are offered.
Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College
111 Bear Town Road, Baraga, MI 49908
Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College (KBOCC) provides post-secondary education rich in Ojibwa culture, tradition, and beliefs to support life-long learning, serving the L’Anse Indian Reservation in Baraga County, Michigan, on the southern shore of Lake Superior. KBOCC serves as the principle higher educational institution for the reservation and surrounding communities, providing quality academic programs rich in Ojibwa culture that empower students to fulfill their dreams of a superior education.
KBOCC offers associate degree programs including liberal studies, environmental sciences, early childhood education, and business administration.
KBOCC offers tutoring, transfer assistance, internships and job search assistance, extracurricular programs, resources for families, and a day care center.
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College
2274 Enterprise Drive, Mount Pleasant, MI 48858
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College (SCTC) serves the Isabella Indian Reservation and surrounding community. SCTC strives to expand opportunities for higher education in a supportive environment that embraces and integrates the cultural uniqueness of the Anishnaabe people.
SCTC offers associate degrees in liberal arts, Native American Studies, and business.
Students enjoy small classes of 25 students or less, a family-oriented campus environment, and tutoring and other support to help them to transfer and succeed at a four-year college. Mount Pleasant was named one of the safest college towns in 2015 by Safewise.
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College
2101 14th Street, Cloquet, MN 55720
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.
FDLTCC offers a bachelor’s degree program in elementary education; associate degrees; certificate programs; and a diploma program in practical nursing. Associate degree programs include business, corrections, geospatial technologies, nursing, and nutrition. Certificate programs include clean energy technician, geospatial technologies, nursing and home health aid, small business entrepreneur, law enforcement, and child development.
The college offers clubs for students, a summer concert series, and athletics.
Leech Lake Tribal College
6945 Little Wolf Road, Cass Lake, MN 56633
The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe established Leech Lake Tribal College (LLTC) in July 1990. The college is located on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation in north central Minnesota. LLTC provides quality higher education grounded in Anishinaabe values and endeavors to serve as the center of academic excellence to advance Anishinaabe worldviews and empower lifelong learners to be fully engaged citizens, stewards and leaders.
LLTC offers associate degrees in the areas of the arts and humanities and natural sciences and technology. Diploma and certificate subjects include business management, construction technology, residential carpentry, integrated residential building, early childhood education and law enforcement.
LLTC operates an early childhood center and offers a learning center, walking trail, smoke-free campus, drum room, feeding room for new mothers, rocketry club, and basketball for men and women. In 2017 it was named as the best community college in the country by Wallet Hub, and was ranked seventh in the nation in 2010 by Washington Monthly as one of “America’s 50 Best Community Colleges.”
Red Lake Nation College
23750 MN-1, Red Lake, MN 56671
Red Lake Nation College, located in Red Lake, Minnesota, provides a higher education grounded in the Ojibwe language and culture. The college provides two-year associate degrees with the hope that students will go on to attain four-year bachelor degrees as well as master’s and doctorate degrees.
Courses offered include Anishinaabe studies, indigenous people in cinema and popular culture, Anishinaabe art, biology, anatomy and physiology, writing and reading skills, composition, creative writing, cultural geography, algebra, math reasoning, Indigenous American philosophy, ethics introduction to American politics, physical science, race and gender relations, speech and communications, contemporary fitness and nutrition, fundamentals of web design and app development, and computer basics, to name a few.
The school offers many opportunities for student activities, as well as ways for students to initiate new clubs. The school also has opportunities for students to engage in leadership opportunities with the student council.
White Earth Tribal and Community College
210 Main Street South, Mahnomen, MN 56557
White Earth Tribal College is an Anishinaabe-controlled liberal arts institution of higher education dedicated to educational excellence and a culturally relevant curriculum in partnership with students, staff, community, and industry. WETCC serves the White Earth Reservation and surrounding communities.
Students can pursue associate degrees in human services, environmental sciences, business, humanities, arts and social sciences, and Native American studies. WETCC has articulation agreements with several regional universities. The college offers adult education and specialized training programs.
WETC’s Student Success Center provides outreach and tutoring services, career counseling, and chemical dependency counseling.
Aaniiih Nakoda College (Ft. Belknap)
Highway 2 and Highway 66, Harlem, MT 59526
Aaniiih Nakoda College (ANC) was established by the Gros Ventre and Assiniboine tribes to provide quality post-secondary education for residents of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation and surrounding communities. The college changed its name to ANC in 2011 and aims to maintain the cultural integrity of the Gros Ventre and Assiniboine Tribes and to help students succeed in a technological society.
ANC offers a bachelor’s degree program, associate degrees and certificate programs. A bachelor’s degree is offered in environmental science. Associate degree programs include education, environmental science, business, American Indian studies, allied health, and psychology. Certificate programs include subjects such as nurse’s aide, emergency medical technician, health science, phlebotomy technician, and HAZMAT response. ANC also offers a language immersion school.
Student tutoring, a public radio station broadcasting local and national programming, and a state-of-the-art computer and information technology system are offered.
Blackfeet Community College
504 SE Boundary St, Browning, MT 5941733
Blackfeet Community College (BCC) serves the Blackfeet Indian Reservation and the surrounding 3,000 square miles, promoting and advancing Blackfeet values through high quality, accessible academic and vocational education programs and services.
The purpose of Blackfeet Community College is to provide the Blackfeet Nation and our “universal community” access to quality educational programs that prepare students for achievement in higher education, meaningful employment, basic skills instruction, and community education, while integrating the Blackfeet culture and language. https://bfcc.edu/admissions-office
One Year Certificate: Includes Agri-Business One-Year Certificate, Behavioral Health Aid One-Year Certificate, Building Trades, and more. For all One Year Certificates visit https://bfcc.edu/one-year-certificates/
Distance Ed: The college also offers hybrid online courses.
BCC offers a writing center and public transportation.
Chief Dull Knife College
One College Drive, Lame Deer, MT 59043
Chief Dull Knife College (CDKC) provides quality Northern Cheyenne culturally influenced educational opportunities and life-long learning opportunities to the Northern Cheyenne reservation and surrounding communities.
CDKC offers associate degrees and certificate programs. Degree subjects include communications arts, history and political science, social sciences and human behavior, computer science, mathematics, business management, paralegal studies, and Cheyenne studies. Certificate programs include legal advocacy and office assistant. The college also leads tribal language preservation efforts in course enrollment, teacher training, and language certification.
Activities include intramural sports, college dances, game nights, seasonal events, and an active Indian Club.
Fort Peck Community College
605 Indian Street, Poplar, MT 59255
Located on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in northeast Montana, Fort Peck Community College (FPCC) promotes the preservation of Indian culture, history, and beliefs, while preparing students for employment opportunities. The college serves the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux people of the Fort Peck Reservation and communities of northeastern Montana.
FPCC has two campuses. Poplar is the main campus, and the Wolf Point campus, 22 miles west of Poplar, includes the new FPCC Wolf Point College Center. FPCC offers associate degrees, certificate programs, and lifelong learning programs to the community. Associate degrees include business administration, education, Native American studies, psychology, human services, biomedical science, building trades, business technology, computer technology, and early childhood education. Certificate programs include accounting technician, building trades, desktop support assistant, welding technology, graphic web design, and heavy equipment operator.
Clubs, athletics, men and women’s basketball teams, counseling, student and family activities, leadership opportunities, mentoring programs, and student housing are available.
Little Big Horn College
1 Forest Lane, Crow Agency, MT 59022
Little Big Horn College (LBHC) is a tribal college with a curriculum reflecting Crow scholarship, knowledge, and values. The college is located on a modern campus serving the Crow Nation and surrounding communities.
LBHC offers associate degree and certificate programs. Associate degree programs are offered in indigenous leadership, Crow studies, early childhood and elementary education, human services, mathematics, agricultural livestock management, rangeland ecology and management, community health, pre-nursing, information technology, and more. Certificate programs include accounting, information technology, office assistant, and tribal management. The college participates in the Transfer Initiative created by Montana’s state legislature to facilitate transfer of credits between Montana’s post-secondary institutions.
A modern campus includes a library and health and wellness center. LBHC offers clubs and women’s and men’s basketball teams.
Salish Kootenai College
58138 US Highway 93, Pablo, MT 59855https://www.skc.edu/
Located in the Flathead Indian Reservation in western Montana, Salish Kootenai College (SKC) provides quality post-secondary educational opportunities and perpetuates the cultures of the Confederated Tribes of the Flathead Nation.
SKC offers bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, and certificate programs. Bachelor’s degrees include psychology, early childhood education, elementary education, nursing, social work, computer engineering, and life sciences. Associate degree programs include majors in tribal historic preservation, business management, psychology, education, and chemical dependency counseling. Certificate programs include dental assisting technology, highway construction, office professions, and geospatial science.
SKC maintains residential housing for students and childcare, student clubs, and activities.
Stone Child College
RR1, Box 1082, Box Elder, MT 59521
Stone Child College (SCC) is a tribally controlled, two-year community college located on the Rocky Boy Indian reservation in rural, eastern Montana serving the Chippewa-Cree people and surrounding community. SCC’s guiding principles include preserving and promoting the languages, cultures, and histories of the Chippewa Cree, assisting tribal organizations, and maintaining a student-centered, life-long learning oriented environment.
SCC provides both accredited certificates and associate degree programs for transfer, workforce entry, continuing and developmental education programs. Associate’s degrees include early childhood education, elementary education, office administration, liberal arts, mathematics, natural resources, studio arts, rural behavioral health, and more. Certificate programs include accounting and information management, hospitality and customer relations, rural health, certified nursing assistant, pre-nursing, pre-engineering, and building trades.
SCC offers an athletics program and wellness center.
Cankdeska Cikana Community College
214 1st Avenue, Fort Totten, ND 58335
Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC) provides education opportunities at the community college level, including vocational and technical training. As a tribal community college serving the Spirit Lake Dakota Reservation, CCCC emphasizes the teaching and learning of Dakota culture and language for the perpetuation of the Spirit Lake Dakota Nation.
CCCC offers associate degree and certificate programs. Associate degree programs include accounting, natural resources management, graphic design, science, pre-nursing, office technology, construction management, early childhood, Dakota studies, elementary education, and social work. Certificate program areas include carpentry, HVAC, office technology, and entrepreneurship.
CCCC offers childcare, cultural events, farmer’s markets, and student support services including career development, computer assistance, study strategies, and workshops.
Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College (Fort Berthold)
220 8th Ave. N. New Town, ND 59763
Located in New Town, North Dakota on the Ft. Berthold Indian Reservation, Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College (NHSC) provides quality cultural, academic, and vocational education and services for the Three Affiliated Tribes: the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation.
Academics and Students
NHSC offers bachelor’s degree, associate degree, and certificate programs. Bachelor’s degrees are offered in elementary education, environmental sciences, and Native American studies. Associate degrees include business administration, mathematics, pre-engineering, human services, addiction studies, and construction technology, to name a few. Certificate programs include administrative assistant training, childcare development, construction technology, welding, and more.
NHSC offers student and faculty housing, a childcare for students, a fitness center, and a cafeteria open daily. A variety of career services are offered to prepare students to seek employment and succeed.
Sitting Bull College
9299 Hwy 24, Fort Yates, ND 58538
Sitting Bull College (SBC) is an academic and technical institution serving the Standing Rock Reservation and Standing Rock Sioux community.
SBC has three campuses: the main campus in Ft. Yates, North Dakota, with satellites in Mobridge, South Dakota and McLaughlin, South Dakota. Bachelor’s degree programs include business administration, early childhood education, elementary education and special education, environmental science, general studies, and secondary science education. Associate degree programs include building trades, business administration/management, criminal justice, early childhood education, energy technician, environmental science, information technology, Native American studies, practical nursing, and pre-engineering. Certificate programs include building trades, entrepreneurship, farm/ranch management, horsemanship, wind turbine technology, and Native community development.
Family housing and student apartments are available. SBC offers students a variety of clubs and activities, including Culture Club, Rodeo Club, and Teacher Club. The SBC Career Development Center offers a variety of professional development services.
Turtle Mountain Community College
10145 BIA Rd 7, Belcourt, ND 58316
Turtle Mountain Community College (TMCC) is a 123-acre state-of-the-art commuter college on the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Reservation, with a South Campus in downtown Belcourt, North Dakota. TMCC serves the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribe and surrounding communities.
TMCC offers bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, and certificate programs. TMCC offers a multitude of areas of study. Bachelor’s degree areas of study include early childhood education, elementary education, and secondary science education. Associate degrees include business, criminal justice, arts, language, psychology, mathematics, environmental public health, construction trades, and pre-medical and dental study programs. Certificate programs include building trades, accounting technician, computer support specialist, and phlebotomy.
TMCC offers men’s and women’s basketball, two campuses, student support services for academic success, and personal counseling.
United Tribes Technical College
3315 University Drive, Bismarck, ND 58504
United Tribes Technical College’s 230-acre campus, once a military post, covers part of the original territory of Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara people, and the Dakota in Bismarck, North Dakota. UTTC strives to remain a premiere college, a leader in tribal education, arts, cultural preservation, and technology, while educating students to be skilled, knowledgeable, culturally-grounded, healthy graduates who will achieve their educational goals; empower their communities; and preserve the environment, tribal land, water, and natural resources.
UTTC offers bachelor’s and associate degree programs and certificate programs. Bachelor’s degrees include elementary education, criminal justice, business administration, early childhood special education, and criminal justice specializations. Associate degree subjects include health and physical education, environmental science, culinary arts, graphic arts, pre-engineering, practical nursing, and nutrition and wellness. Certificate programs include automotive technology, welding, medical billing and coding.
Housing is available for single students, single parents, and married couples. Campus dining, childcare, career services, a wellness center, tutoring, and on-campus recreation are offered. UTCC has a men’s and women’s basketball team.
Little Priest Tribal College
601 East College Drive, Winnebago, NE 68071
Little Priest Tribal College (LPTC) serves the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska on the Winnebago Reservation and surrounding communities, preparing students for transfer to a four-year institution.
LPTC offers associate degrees in American Indian studies, early childhood education, liberal arts, teacher education, and business. LPTC also offers language and culture classes and training opportunities for upgrading job skills and improving employability. LPTC signed the Nebraska Transfer Initiative, an agreement with four-year Nebraska institutions to accept the common core of general education courses in the associate of arts, academic transfer degree.
LPTC offers men and women’s basketball, an office of student services, and campuses in Winnebago and Sioux City, Iowa.
Nebraska Indian Community College
College Hill, Macy, NE 68039
The Nebraska Indian Community College (NICC) provides quality higher education and lifelong educational opportunities with tribally relevant curricula to the Umonhon (Omaha) and Isanti (Santee Sioux) communities and surrounding communities. NICC operates three campus sites in Macy, Santee, and South Sioux City.
NICC offers associate degree programs and a certificate program. Associate degrees are offered in business administration, general sciences, carpentry, human services, Native American studies, early childhood education, and liberal arts. The college offers a certificate program in carpentry. Online classes are available.
NICC has articulation and transfer agreements with California University of Pennsylvania, the Dakota Alliance (of tribal colleges), Kaplan University, Morningside College, University of Iowa, University of Nebraska Kearney, University of Nebraska Lincoln, University of South Dakota, Waldorf College, and Wayne State College.
The college has an intramural athletics program. It also offers services to support student success.
Institute of American Indian Arts
83 Avan Nu Po Road, Santa Fe, NM 87508
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. IAIA aims to serve as the premier educational institution for Native peoples across the country in Native arts and cultures.
IAIA programs include certificate programs, associate degrees, and bachelor’s degree programs, all in the arts.
On-campus housing is available for single students and families. The IAIA campus includes a student fitness center; student fitness and wellness program; a disc golf course; library and technology center; lab space for courses in graphic design, motion graphics, and digital video; and a 260-seat auditorium. The campus also features a science and technology center and a sculpture and foundry building. IAIA houses the 7,000 square foot National Collection of Contemporary Native American Art. Personal counseling and career services are available.
Navajo Technical University
Lowerpoint Rd. Crownpoint, NM 87313
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 based on the Diné Philosophy of Education.
NTU’s main campus is located in Crownpoint, New Mexico. NTU also offers classes in Chinle, Arizona in the local high school in agreement with the local school district. NTU offers a master’s degree, bachelor’s degree, associate degree, and certificate programs. A master’s degree is offered in Diné culture and language. Bachelor’s degrees are offered in early childhood education, industrial engineering, environmental sciences, and electrical engineering. Associate degrees are offered in subjects that include the accounting, business, computer, culinary arts, engineering, legal, veterinary, and energy fields. Certificate programs include automotive, business, computer, construction, and industrial fields.
NTU offers bus transit routes based on community needs. Student housing for single students, parents and families; a dining hall; and childcare center are available at the main campus. Student clubs; student services to promote academic achievement and career placement; an athletic program including collegiate rodeo, cross country, and archery teams; an intramural basketball and volleyball program; and sports clubs are available.
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute
9169 Coors NW, Albuquerque, NM 87184
The All Indian Pueblo Council initiated the founding of the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) in Albuquerque, New Mexico’s high-tech corridor, to serve the local and national American Indian community. SIPI provides a range of career and transfer opportunities for Native learners in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields.
Academics and Students
SIPI offers a variety of certificate and associate degree programs in a variety of subjects. Associate degree programs include early childhood education, business administration, pre-engineering, natural resources management, and culinary arts. Certificate programs include computer-aided drafting and design, geospatial information and technology, and optical laboratory technology, and early childhood education. The college also provides developmental education programs, adult basic education, and distance learning programs. Transfer credits are available to other two- and four-year institutions of higher education in New Mexico.
SIPI offers a state-of the-art Science and Technology Center, residence halls, an early childhood learning center, and student clubs including but not limited to tribal heritage, financial fitness, culinary arts, hip-hop music, natural resources, and athletics. The college also has a student athletic program.
College of the Muscogee Nation
1200 Hwy Loop 56, Okmulgee, OK 74447
The College of the Muscogee Nation was created by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation to serve Muscogee Nation tribal members and residents.
The college offers a variety of general education and tribal-specific courses. Students can pursue associate degrees in gaming, tribal services, police science, and Native American studies with specializations in Mvskoke studies and Mvskoke language. Certificate programs are offered in the Mvskoke language and in gaming. Culture and language are priorities. The Native American studies degree with Mvskoke studies and Mvskoke language specializations prepares students for careers in tribal historical, cultural, and language preservation and for continued studies.
Student housing is available. A Student Success Center provides students with skills and counseling. A variety of on-campus events and activities are available, including Native American heritage celebrations and an annual Fall Fest.
Sinte Gleska University
101 Antelope Lake Circle, Mission, SD 57555
Sinte Gleska University (SGU) serves the Rosebud Sioux Reservation and endeavors to provide each Lakota person the opportunity to pursue an education in a way that is relevant to career and personal needs. Chartered by the Sicangu Lakota tribe and named for the Brulé Chief Sinte Gleska or Spotted Tail, SGU plans, designs, implement sand assesses post-secondary programs and other educational resources uniquely appropriate to the Lakota people in order to facilitate individual development and tribal autonomy.
SGU offers master’s, bachelor’s, and associate degrees, and certificate programs. Master’s degree programs include education, clinical mental health counseling, and guidance counseling. Bachelor’s degrees include education, liberal arts, computer sciences, environmental science, human services, Lakota history and culture, fine arts, business management, and more. Certificate programs include computer sciences, nursing, building trades, and office technology.
Childcare, transportation services, extra-curricular activities, clubs, personal counseling, career counseling, and student assistance for college success are available.
Sisseton Wahpeton College
BIA Rd 700, Agency Village, Sisseton, SD 57262
Sisseton Wahpeton College (SWC) was founded by the Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe to provide higher education, research, vocational and technical education and continuing education to the members of the Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate of the Lake Traverse Reservation and the surrounding community.
SWC offers associate degree and certificate programs. Associate degrees include Dakota studies, business, accounting, early childhood development, and sustainable environmental studies. Certificate programs include licensed practical nursing and Dakota language teacher. SWC also provides Adult Basic Education, General Equivalency Diploma (GED) preparation and testing, and career counseling.
SWC offers tutoring and academic support services and a cafeteria. Student housing is being planned for the near future.
Oglala Lakota College
3 Mile Creek Road, Kyle, SD 57752
Oglala Lakota College (OLC) was chartered by Oglala Sioux Tribe to serve the Pine Ridge Reservation to offer a wide range of educational opportunities from community service offerings to certificates to undergraduate degrees while incorporating Lakota culture and tribal self-determination.
OLC operates eleven instructional centers in South Dakota and offers master’s degree, bachelor’s degree, associate degree, and certificate programs. Subject matter ranges from Lakota studies, Lakota language, Lakota leadership, business, elementary education, construction, the sciences, social work, nursing, tribal law, and information technology.
OLC has collegiate basketball teams for men and women; intramural athletic activities; and extracurricular activities involving both students and the community. It also offers a transportation program for students.
Northwest Indian College
2522 Kwina Road, Bellingham, WA 98226
Northwest Indian College (NWIC) serves the Lummi reservation and surrounding community, and promotes indigenous self-determination and knowledge, based upon the acknowledgement that tribal values and beliefs are the foundation of education.
NWIC is one of the largest tribal colleges in the country, with five campuses at Muckleshoot, Nez Perce, Port Gamble, Swinomish, and Tulalip, in addition to the main campus at Lummi. It offers bachelor’s and associate degrees, certificates, and awards of completion programs. General education diploma (GED) study is also offered. Bachelor’s areas of study include Native environmental science, tribal government and business management, and human services subjects such as community advocate and responsiveness in education. Associate’s degrees include business and entrepreneurship, Native environmental science, life sciences, information technology, business entrepreneurship, public and tribal administration, and early childhood education. Certificate programs include child development, construction technology, welding, professional baking, mathematics, and legal assistant.
NWIC offers residential housing, on-campus dining, childcare, distance learning, student clubs, career advising, distance learning programs, computer literacy assistance, laptop loans, personal and academic counseling, and tutoring.
College of Menominee Nation
N 172 Hwy 47/55, Keshena, WI 54135
The College of Menominee Nation (CMN) serves the Menominee Nation and surrounding communities. CMN prepares students for leadership, careers and advanced studies in a multicultural world. CMN is committed to research, promoting, perpetuating and nurturing American Indian culture, and providing outreach workshops and community service, while also serving as a center for lifelong learning.
CMN’s main campus in Keshena, Wisconsin is located on the Menominee Reservation. A satellite campus is located in metropolitan Green Bay. CMN offers bachelor’s and associate degrees and certificate and diploma programs. Bachelor degree areas of study include business administration and early childhood education. Associate degree program areas of study include nursing, American Indian studies, public administration, computer science, sustainable development, and the sciences. Certificate programs are available in subjects including criminal justice and entrepreneurship. Distance learning programs are available.
CMN offers student clubs for a variety of personal, cultural, and professional interests. Activities focus on relationships between and among students and their families, faculty, and staff. The college does not offer housing or dining services. Free learning services, a lab to strengthen skills for employability or to explore a new career are available. A walking/nature trail is available for student wellness.
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe Community College
13466 West Trepania Road, Hayward, WI 54843
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community College (LCOOCC) serves the Lac Courte Oreilles Band of Lake Superior Chippewa and surrounding community with a curriculum geared for a technological world while maintaining the Ojibwe culture.
LCOOCC provides academic, vocational, adult basic education, cultural, community, and distance learning programs. Bachelor’s degree programs are business administration and human services. Associate degree subjects include business administration, pre-nursing, science, liberal arts, medical office management, early childhood education, agriculture and natural resources land management, casino operations management, and Native American studies. Certificate programs include hospitality and customer service, Ojibwe languages, medical transcriptionist, and geographic information systems. LCOOCC has articulation agreements with several local universities.
LCOOCC’s main campus is at Lac Courte Oreille, with three other sites serving Ojibwe reservation communities at Lac du Flambeau, North, and Superior. LCOOCC offers shuttle transportation, student activities, student ambassador programs, a learning center with free peer tutoring, and a kitchen for cooking.
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July 28, 2020 Denver, Colo.— The American Indian College Fund was awarded a $50,000 Rise Prize to create both a higher education cohort of Native student mothers and programming that is responsive to their unique needs as college students. The program will be called...
American Indian College Fund Supports Resolution to Restore Olympic Record to Legendary Native American Athlete Jim Thorpe
July 29, 2020 Denver, Colo.— The American Indian College Fund is supporting the movement, which includes a resolution introduced by U.S. Congresswoman Deb Haaland (D-New Mexico), to compel the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to posthumously restore the sole 1912...
Read about the difference the American Indian College Fund has made in the lives of Native American students and at the tribal colleges and universities that serve them, thanks to your support, in our 25th anniversary annual report.
Cheryl Crazy Bull, President of American Indian College Fund, Receives Working Mother Media’s Legacy Award
Denver, Colo.—July 30, 2020– Working Mother Media presented Cheryl Crazy Bull, President and CEO of the American Indian College Fund, with its Legacy Award on Wednesday, July 22, during its Multicultural Women’s Conference, which was hosted virtually due to the...
By Janine Pease, For the Wisdom of the Children LBHC Project Director Just as we were rounding the turn to the last leg of the school year, the COVID-19 Pandemic hit. The Montana governor declared a Shelter in Home order in response to the coronavirus, and all public...
The Wilke Family Foundation Grants $1 Million to American Indian College Fund to Grow Computer Science Programs at Tribal Colleges
July 15, 2020 Denver, Colo.— Jeff Wilke, CEO of Worldwide Consumer at Amazon, knows the difference technology can make. As a boy growing up in Pittsburgh, he learned to code. That skill took Wilke from public school to Princeton and the Massachusetts Institute of...
Mascot Statement #TheTimeIsNow for racist sports team names and mascots to be re- named. The American Indian College Fund appreciates its long-time mission supporters, FedEx, Nike, and WalMart. They have chosen to stand alongside indigenous groups across the United...
AT&T Contributes $350K to American Indian College Fund Charity Offering Native Student Scholarships and College Readiness Programs to Increase Number of Native Americans With A Higher Education
Denver, Colo., June 30, 2020—COVID-19 had a more devastating impact on Native American communities than others. Because only 14% of American Indians and Alaska Natives have a college degree—less than half of that of other groups, the American Indian College Fund was...
United Health Foundation Grants $430K to American Indian College Fund to Expand Tribal Scholars Program
Three-Year Program to Increase Native Student Health Scholarships to Address Health Care Disparities in Indian Country, Including Dental Health Denver, Colo., June 11, 2020— The United Health Foundation (UHF) is increasing its support of the American Indian College...
By Mark Saraficio, Tohono O’odham Community College GED Instructor The year 2020 was the start of a new decade. Hundreds of social media influencers across the globe stated that this year all the holidays and other special dates landed on perfect days of the week....