What We​​​​​ Do

Our primary function since AIHEC’s inception in the mid-1970s is advocacy—telling the stories of the Tribal College Movement. 

​Over the past three decades, AIHEC has worked to help ensure that the principle of tribal sovereignty is recognized and respected and that Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) are equitably included in this nation’s higher education system.

We have achieved remarkable accomplishments with Congress and the respective presidential administrations, including two Executive Orders on Tribal Colleges and Universities, which laid the foundation for expanding federal support to tribal colleges; enactment of the Equity in Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994, securing a place for Tribal Colleges in the nation’s land-grant system; establishment of vitally needed TCU facilities and instrumentation programs within the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Science Foundation to help the colleges develop and expand science-based education and research programs; and the enactment of legislation authorizing (and reauthorizing) funding to help the Tribal Colleges become more sustainable.​

The Section covers the following Main Topics:
  • AIHEC STEM Initiative​
    The AIHEC STEM Initiative focuses on supporting TCU STEM programs by facilitating partnerships, sharing information about available resources, and when funding allows, providing grant awards in targeted STEM areas.

  • ​AIHEC Health Initiative
    AIHEC Health Initiatives are educational programs that work hand in hand with Tribal Colleges/Universities to nurture future healthcare professionals who will empower tribal nations to meet the health needs of their communities.

  • ​AIHEC Land Grant Initiative
    After much hard work by the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) were given Congressional land grant status under the Equity in Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994. These land grant TCUs are collectively known as the “1994 land grant institutions,” or “1994 institutions,” or simply, “the 1994s.”

  • Student Success Initiative
    Amplifying indigenous voices and their visibility of AI/AN Visibility within Higher Education​.

  • Sovereignty