AIHEC Student Activities
AIHEC recognizes that it is the inherent right of human beings to achieve a sense of self-realization within the context of their cultural philosophies and understandings. Self-realization for American Indians and Alaska Native people is dependent upon the ability to express tribal individualism manifested in Native spiritual lives, families, and communities, and as an extension, Native institutions. For this reason, it had been the intent of the AIHEC constituent tribes to establish and develop Tribal Colleges and Universities that are defined and controlled by tribal people that comprehensively address the human spiritual and physical needs of the tribes while promoting and enhancing tribal cultures. The establishment of AIHEC is an exercise of tribal sovereignty, and as such, the establishment of AIHEC student activities and organizations is an extension of that sovereignty, preserving tribal cultures and spirit and advancing student educational development through activities and athletics.