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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
College was founded to primarily serve the residents of the North Slope Borough, America’s largest and most northern municipality.
The intent of its founders was to provide an education based on the Iñupiaq cultural heritage. The basis for all Iḷisaġvik’s educational programs is the rich foundation of a subsistence culture in harmony with the land and seas that give it sustenance.
Offering Associate degree and certificate programs, Iḷisaġvik College includes areas of study in Accounting, Adult education, Allied Health, Behavioral Health, Business Management, Construction Tech, Dental Therapy, Education, Emergency Services, Heavy equipment, Industrial Safety, Information Tech, Inupiaq Studies, Liberal Arts and Office Management. Distance learning programs are offered. IC also offers dual-credit programs for high school students.
Iḷisaġvik College is here to ensure students make the most of their Arctic experience, bringing together people, places and programs that support their growth, health/wellness and success both within and outside of the classroom. Iḷisaġvik provide you with services and opportunities including 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 is the first tribally-controlled and accredited (by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools) collegiate institution in the United States. Established in 1968 as Navajo Community College, it was later renamed Diné College. The Navajo Nation sought to create an institution of higher education that encouraged Navajo youth to become contributing members of the Navajo Nation and the world.
Today, Diné College serves a predominantly Navajo student population across the 26,000 square miles of the Navajo Nation that spans across the states of Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah.
Diné College offers General Education courses that provide students with a high-quality experience while earning various Certificate, Associate, and Bachelor degree programs in the areas important to the economic, political, environmental, and the Social Development of the Navajo People. Courses of study include Arts, Humanities, English, Dine Studies and Education, Science and Technology, Engineering, Math, Business and Social Science. The college also offers Dual-credit programs.
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 has grown into a vibrant educational center, offering numerous degrees, certificates, and other credentials. The curriculum is designed to help individuals fulfill their educational dreams and to create a stronger, better-trained work force for the Tohono O’odham Nation. TOCC primarily offers associate degrees for transfer to four-year universities; degrees, certificates, and apprenticeships for direct employment; and pre-college education (GED classes and summer bridge programs). Areas of study include Arts, Business and Science and Health Programs, Education, Liberal Art and Social Services. Students can also get certifications in Electrical, Heavy Equipment, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Facilities Maintenance, Masonry, Plumbing and other related job type work.
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
Haskell Indian Nations University is a premiere tribal university in the United States, offering quality education to Native American students. 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. Haskell’s student population averages about 1000 per semester, and all students are members of federally recognized tribes. Haskell’s faculty and staff are predominantly native. Haskell’s historic campus is centrally located in Lawrence, KS in what is known as Kaw Valley.
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
The mission of Bay Mills Community College is to provide quality educational opportunities, promote research and facilitate individual development in an accessible, community-based, and culturally diverse environment that supports and maintains the Anishinaabek culture and language. The curriculum is designed to integrate traditional Native American values with higher education as a way of preparing students to assume responsible roles in their respective communities.
BMCC offers the follow degrees and programs: Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Bachelor of Arts. Non-degree programs lead to a Certificate of Achievement or Diploma. Specialized and technological certificates are available to meet the needs of business and industry. Some certificates may also lead to a degree program.
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.
BMCC offers tutoring services, career service guidance, laptop and calculator lending program, tutoring and an on-campus library.
Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College
770 N Main Street, L’Anse, MI 49946
Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College (KBOCC) serves as the principal higher educational institution for the L’anse Indian reservation and surrounding communities by providing quality academic programs rich in Ojibwa culture that empower students to fulfill their dreams of a superior education. Formed out of American Indian identity, the mission of Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa community college is to provide post- secondary education rich in Ojibwa culture, tradition, and beliefs that support life-long learning.
KBOCC offers students the opportunity to earn a 2-year degree in Liberal studies, Anishinaabe Studies, Business Administration, Early Childhood Education, Environmental Science. This school also offers certificate programs in Business Administration, Corrections, Child Development, Certified Nurse Assistant, Environmental Science, Office Services and Tribal Management.
Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College as an active student life. Prospective students will be able to enjoy the childcare center, a on campus fitness center, student organizations and a student success center. Other services available for students are tutoring, advising and disability accommodations.
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College
2274 Enterprise Drive, Mount Pleasant, MI 48858
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College (SCTC) is a public Community College that provides educational opportunities reflecting Anishinaabe values. The college is committed to maintaining a nurturing environment, inspiring all people to attain a higher level of personal and academic success.
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College offers programs in Native American Studies, Business, Science, liberal arts and the college will be offering a program in Developmental studies in the future.
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College of Leech offers Academic Advising, Student Advocates, library services, and Student Accommodation services for students with disabilities.
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.
15480 Migizi Drive P.O Box 576 Red Lake , MN 56671Fond 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.
Students can chose to use the academic advising office, bookstore, disability services and the on-campus library. The college offers clubs for students, a summer concert series, and athletics.
Leech Lake Tribal College
6945 Little Wolf Road NW, 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. LLCTC focuses on continual program development to provide quality education that is both current and responsive to change in technology and industry. Students can enjoy ample opportunities for training through continuing education and lifelong-learning programs for those seeking to broaden their skills and knowledge.
LLTC operates an early childhood center and offers a learning center, library, wellness 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
15480 Migizi Drive P.O Box 576 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, Master, 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 programs are structured to transfer to four-year colleges and universities by completing general education requirements and meeting the goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum.
The mission of Student Services at Red Lake Nation College is to provide each student with support and encouragement through a variety of services including a student pantry, success mentors, Fitness center, disability services, counseling and career and transfer services. 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
2250 College Road, PO Box 478 Mahnomen, MN 56557
White Earth Tribal College is an institution of higher learning dedicated to academic excellence grounded in Anishinaabe culture, values, and traditions. WETCC serves the White Earth Reservation and surrounding communities.
White Earth Tribal and Community College offers a wide range of Associate degree programs. Students can study 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.
White Earth provides their students with personal financial counseling, tutoring, career counseling, chemical dependency counseling and a college bookstore. 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) is a tribal community college providing higher education to tribal members and non-tribal members. 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 incorporates native culture throughout the curriculum, including staff and student activities. The College promotes academic achievement as well as self-esteem and cultural identity.
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 certificate programs in health science, tribal management and welding. ANC also offers a language immersion school.
Aaniiih Nakoda College provides many services to its students to help them succeed in the classroom and in the future. These services include student clubs/organizations ( Archery club, Computer club and Red Lodge society), success center and financial aid. Student tutoring, a public radio station broadcasting local and national programming, and a state-of-the-art computer and information technology system are also offered.
Blackfeet Community College
504 SE Boundary St, Browning, MT 5941733
Blackfeet Community College (BCC) has developed objectives and purposes based on the goals of the Blackfeet Tribe, as set forth in the Blackfeet Community College Tribal Charter. It is the vision of Blackfeet Community College to strengthen and enrich our community through quality education integrating the Nii-tsi-ta-pi world of knowledge.
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.
Blackfeet Community College offers degrees in Business and Information Technology, Education and Health, Humanities, Human Services, Math and Science and Nursing. One Year Certificate programs include Agri-Business One-Year Certificate, Behavioral Health Aid One-Year Certificate, Building Trades, and more.
Distance Ed: The college also offers hybrid online courses.
Blackfeet Community College offers a fitness facility, childcare services, a library, multi-purpose facility, and an advising center. Additional services include an online bookstore, writing center, public transportation, financial aid, and a native science field center.
Chief Dull Knife College
One College Drive, Lame Deer, MT 59043
Chief Dull Knife College (CDKC) is a community based, land grant, and tribally-controlled community college established to provide 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.
CDKC offers several student activities including clubs, organizations, and student government. Services for students include transition counseling, mental health counseling, bookstore, housing, college computer labs, health services, food services and an early childhood learning center. Students also have the option to use distance learning. Activities include intramural sports, college dances, game nights, seasonal events, and an active Indian Club.
Fort Peck Community College
PO Box 398, Poplar, MT 59255
Fort Peck Community College (FPCC) is a tribally-controlled community college chartered by the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes. 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.
Fort Peck Community College offers three associate degree programs across two campuses. Poplar is the main campus, and 22 miles to the west is the Wolf Point campus, which includes the new FPCC Wolf Point College Center. Associate degrees include business administration, education, Native American studies, psychology, human services, biomedical science, building trades, business technology, computer technology, and early childhood education. The Associate of Arts (AA) degree and Associate of Science (AS) degree can be awarded as terminal degrees or as degrees that include courses for transfer to four-year institutions. FPCC also offers certificates in accounting technician, building trades, desktop support assistant, graphic web design, automotive technology, diesel technology, information technology, paralegal studies, media technology, heavy equipment operator, truck driving, welding, accounting technician, business assistant and cultural arts.
FPCC offers a variety services for their students. These services include advising, athletics, bookstore, clubs, financial aid, counseling, student and family activities, leadership opportunities, mentoring programs, and student housing are available.
Little Big Horn College
8645 South Weaver Drive, 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. Little Big Horn College offers programs in areas that reflect the developing economic opportunities and social needs of the Crow Indian Reservation and surrounding communities, with instruction by traditional and distance education methods.
Little Big Horn College 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
PO Box 70 58138 US Highway 93, Pablo, MT 59855
Salish Kootenai College aspires to be the pre-eminent educational center of excellence for American Indian Students, grounded in the cultures of the Séliš, Ksanka and QÍispé people of the Flathead Nation. The college will empower students to improve the lives of their families and communities through research, leadership and service.
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 16 bachelor’s degrees, 23 Associate Degrees and 6 Certificates of completion. 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 offers student clubs, activities, on campus bookstore, bus services, athletics, on campus housing and a center for prevention and wellness.
Stone Child College
8294 Upper Box Elder Rd, Box Elder, MT 59521
Stone Child College (SCC) is a tribally-chartered college established to deliver post-secondary educational opportunities through degrees, certificates, and continuing education. SCC stresses the importance of preserving the Chippewa Cree language, culture and history. SCC will promote transfer students, professionally prepared, and career-ready individuals.
Located on the Rocky Boy Indian reservation in rural, eastern Montana, SCC’s guiding principles include assisting tribal organizations, and maintaining a student-centered, life-long learning oriented environment.
Stone Child College offers a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. Associate degrees in Early Childhood Education, Health & Physical Education, Health Promotion, Liberal Arts, Math, Native American Studies, Natural Resources-Geospatial Technology Concentration, Natural Resources-Water Quality Concentration, Studio Art, Human Services, Addiction Studies, Rural Behavioral Health, Associate of Science, Applied Science, Allied Health, General Science, Business, General Business, Hospitality, Office Administration and Information Systems.
SCC also offers certificate programs in Accounting/Information Management, Building Trades, Hospitality/Customer relations, Pre-Engineering, Pre-nursing and Rural Health.
SCC offers an athletics program, wellness center, and student groups including SCC Student Government, SCC AIBL Student Club and Native American Student Association. The campus also has a on campus daycare, student Athletics, a student bookstore, a student library and room rental options.
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 builds a strong and viable Dakota community that enjoys physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.
CCCC offers Associate degrees in Business Administration, Dakota Studies, Early Childhood Education, Liberal Arts, Social Work, Fine Arts, Office Technology, Pre-Engineering, Pre-Nursing, Natural Resource Management and Health and Physical Education. Certificates include Carpentry, Office Technology and Professional Driver Training.
CCCC offers childcare, cultural events, farmer’s markets, and student support services including career development, computer assistance, study strategies, and workshops. Students can also enjoy archery, a on campus library, childcare, cultural events, financial aid and scholarships.
Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College (Fort Berthold)
220 8th Ave. N. New Town, ND 59763
The Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College (NHSC) is tribally chartered by the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation headquarters at New Town, North Dakota. The Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College will provide Quality Cultural, Academic, and Vocational Education and Services for the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation.
Academics and Students
NHSC offers Bachelor, Associates and Certification programs. Bachelor’s degree programs include Elementary Education, Environmental Science and Native American Studies, Associate degree programs include Business Administration, Early Childhood Development, Environmental Science, Equine Studies, Social Work, General Studies, Mathematics, Pre-Engineering, Science and Computer Science. Students can get certificates in Early Childhood Development, Entrepreneurship, Welding, Middle School Math Endorsement and Middle school Science endorsement.
NHSC offers student and faculty housing, student clubs and organizations, 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 is a Tribal College located on the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota with two sites in South Dakota. Guided by Lakota/Dakota culture, values, and language, Sitting Bull College is committed to building intellectual capital through academic, career and technical education, and promoting economic and social development.
Sitting Bull College (SBC) is an academic and technical institution serving the Standing Rock Reservation and Standing Rock Sioux community.
Sitting Bull College offers a Maters of Education and Master of Science. Bachelor’s degree programs include Business Administration, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Secondary Science Education, Environmental Science, General Studies, Native American Studies and Social Work. Associate degrees include Business Administration, General Studies, Nursing, Native American Studies, Pre-Engineering, Education, Health, IT and Nursing. Students can also choose certificate programs that include Building Trades, Commercial driving, Electrical, IT, Welding, Heavy Equipment, Operations and Lakhotiyapi/Dakhotiyapi I and II.
SBC has three campuses: the main campus in Ft. Yates, North Dakota, with satellites in Mobridge, South Dakota and McLaughlin, South Dakota.
Family and Student housing are available on campus. The campus offers student clubs and organization including Student Government, Anime Club, American Indian Business Leaders, Culture club, Ecology Club, Rodeo Club, Teacher Club and AIHEC. 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) was founded in 1972 with a mission of focusing on general studies, undergraduate education, career and technical education, and scholarly research. Continuous improvement of student learning is focused on the cultural and social heritage of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. TMCC is nestled within the boundaries of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indian Reservation. The main college site provides a breathtaking view of the beauty of our reservation.
Turtle Mountain Community College 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 a range of degrees and certificate programs. The Associate degrees programs include Associate of Arts ( General education) and Associate of Science/ Applied Science ( natural science management, Accounting Technician, Building Construction Tech, Business Admin, Clinical/Medical Lab Technician, Computer Support Specialist, Heating/Ventilation/ Air conditioning and Residential Electric). The bachelor degrees include Bachelor of Science ( Teacher Education) and Bachelor of Arts ( leadership and management). Certificate programs include building trades, accounting technician, computer support specialist, and phlebotomy.
TMCC offers men’s and women’s basketball, two campuses, a library, student support services for academic success, and personal counseling.
United Tribes Technical College
3315 University Drive, Bismarck, ND 58504
Located in Bismarck, ND, United Tribes Technical College serves to provide an outstanding education to the Native American people of this region and around the country. United Tribes Technical College provides quality post-secondary education and training to enhance knowledge, diversity, and leadership for all indigenous nations.
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 Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Elementary education and Environmental science and research. Associate degrees include Automotive Technology, Business Administration, Computer Information Technology, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts and Nutrition, Elementary Education, Environmental Science and Research, Graphic design, General Studies, Health, Human and Social Services, Pre- Engineering and Welding and Technology.
UTTC offers two of their Associate degree programs to be completed online which are General Studies and Criminal Justice.
Housing is available for single students, single parents, and married couples. Campus dining, library, 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.
The Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute prepares culturally diverse Native American students as life-long learners through partnerships with tribes, employers and other organizations. SIPI establishes a strong educational foundation for student success.
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 residential housing consisting of two traditional style residential facilities which provides housing for 256 students. The residential life also supervises, organizes and facilitates recreational activities, intramurals and wellness center events. SIPI offers its students a childcare center and work study programs. They can also be involved with the student clubs offered on campus including: Inter-Tribal Culinary Society, Phi Theta Kappa, American Indian Science and Engineering Society, Basketball Club, Handgames, Native Inter-Varsity and Student Government Association.
College of the Muscogee Nation
2170 Raven Circle, Okmulgee, OK 74447
The College of the Muscogee Nation is in the heart of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and minutes from the capital complex, CMN offers quality education and traditional Muscogee values. The college was established to serve Muscogee citizens and other tribal members utilizing the history, government, language, and culture of the Muscogee people.
The college offers a variety of general education and tribal-specific courses. Students can pursue associate degrees in gaming, tribal services, criminal justice, General studies, Natural resources and Native American studies with specializations in Mvskoke studies and Mvskoke language. Certificate programs are offered in the Mvskoke language and in gaming. 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.
CMN offers on-campus housing with 21 newly constructed units to provide students with a safe and comfortable living experience. CMN also offers a student success center, a learning center and a student bookstore. 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.
SGU offers a full-time daycare facility for the its students who do not have available childcare services. SGU also offers a transportation system on behalf of the students who would not be able to attend university classes. This benefit is cost free for the outlaying communities. SGU also offers counseling services, disability services, a bookstore and a library for the students to utilize.
Sisseton Wahpeton College
Agency Village Box 689, 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 courses in Addiction and Diversity Counseling, Art, Business, Computer Systems technology, Dakota studies, Early childhood development, education, English, General education, Geography, Health, History and political science, Mathematics, Natural science, Nutrition, Psychology, Sociology, Carpentry, Music and Culinary food science.
SWC offers tutoring and academic support services, a cafeteria, a student bookstore, a student library and also women’s and men’s basketball. 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.
Oglala Lakota College is a four-year, co-ed institution that found its beginnings in 1971. One of the premier tribal colleges in the United States, Oglala Lakota offers both graduate and undergraduate programs. Governed by the Oglala Sioux Tribe and located on the tribe’s reservation, one of the goals of Oglala Lakota College is to train tribe members for employment on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Many programs of study are offered, with most students concentrating in liberal arts, construction trades, education, conservation and administration.
Oglala Lakota College offers both in-person and distance learning programs through 13 academic departments. Graduate, undergraduate and associate degrees are available in various areas of study. Students can obtain a masters in Lakota Leadership and Management and Lakota Education Administration. Bachelor’s degree programs are Business Administration, K-8 Elementary Education, Information Technology, K-12 Lakota Studies Education, Natural Science and Secondary Education Physical Science and Social Work. Associate degree programs include Fine Art, Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Graphic Arts, Lakota Studies, Pre-Engineering, Life Science, Nursing, Science/Engineering/Math, Automotive Technology, General Construction, Office Technology and Plumbing. Students are also offered a one-year certificate in Lakota language. Additional programs include graduate courses offered through all departments such as Education Endorsement certificates in Lakota Studies, Birth-Preschool, K-12 Special Education, K-12 Exceptional Education, Math, Biology, Earth Science.
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, disability services and student organizations focused on student activities throughout the year.
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.
With its main campus located on the Lummi Indian Reservation in Washington State, 20 miles south of the Canadian border, Northwest Indian College is the only accredited tribal college serving the states of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. NWIC grew from the Lummi Indian School of Aquaculture, founded in 1973, a single-purpose training program developed to prepare technicians for employment in Indian-owned and operated fish and shellfish hatcheries throughout the United States and Canada. In 2010, NWIC became accredited at the baccalaureate level and now offers four bachelor’s degrees.
Northwest Indian College offers Bachelor, Associate and certificate programs. Bachelor programs consist of Bachelor of Arts in Native Studies Leadership, Bachelor of Arts in Tribal Governance & Business Management, Bachelor of Science in Native Environmental Science, Bachelor of Arts in Community Advocates and Responsive Education (CARE) in Human Service. Associate degrees consist of Business and Entrepreneurship, Public and Tribal Administration, General Direct Transfer Degree, Life Science, Early Childhood Education, Chemical Dependency Studies and individualized programs. Awards of completion are Entrepreneurship, Initial Early Childhood Education, Short Early Childhood Education, Tribal Casino management and Tribal museum studies.
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.
Northwest Indian College offer single and family student housing, a childcare center, on campus day and night courses, computer labs, laptop loans, computer literacy assistance, personal and academic counseling, tutoring, independent learning courses, and a library with extensive collections.
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.
The College is proud to serve American Indian students from the Menominee, Oneida, Chippewa, Ho-Chunk, Navajo, Potawatomi, Mohegan, and dozens of other tribes. CMN welcomes non-Indian students and celebrates a diverse student population at both campuses.
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.
The Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College mission is to provide Anishinaabe communities with post-secondary and continuing education while advancing the language, culture, and history of the Ojibwe. Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwe College fosters the highest levels of student success in academic and personal growth by providing an advanced technological education that integrates Ojibwe culture throughout the curriculum. Their institution serves the educational and cultural needs of the community and individual student goals, while empowering purposeful, skilled action that sustains 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. Additional clubs include an Art club, student ambassadors, American Indian science and engineering society, American indigenous business leaders, league of legends and Lac Courte Oreilles Bebaamisejig. The college also offers student counseling and has a virtual bookstore.
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