List of TCUs

Posted October 19, 2020 by

For decades, employers trying to hire more diverse college students have been traveling to and otherwise targeting those enrolled in the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Some, but far from all, have also included in their recruitment efforts traveling to or otherwise recruiting students the Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs). Some employers who advertise their part-time, seasonal, internship, or entry-level jobs with College Recruiter will have us deliver a targeted email campaign, for example, to students of the TCUs.

According to Wikipedia, TCUs are a category of higher education, minority-serving institutions defined in the Higher Education Act of 1965. Each qualifies for funding under the Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities Assistance Act of 1978 (25 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.) or the Navajo Community College Act (25 U.S.C. 640a note); or is cited in section 532 of the Equity in Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994 (7 U.S.C. 301 note).

These educational institutions are distinguished by being controlled and operated by American Indian tribes; they have become part of American Indians’ institution-building in order to pass on their own cultures. The first was founded by the Navajo Nation in 1968 in Arizona, and several others were established in the 1970s. As of 1994, they have been authorized by Congress as land-grant colleges. Presently, there are 32 fully accredited Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) in the United States, with one formal candidate for accreditation.

In 1973, the first six American Indian tribally controlled colleges established the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) to provide a support network as they worked to influence federal policies on American Indian higher education. Today, AIHEC has grown to 37 Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) in the United States. Each of these institutions was created and chartered by its own tribal government or the federal government for a specific purpose: to provide higher education opportunities to American Indians through programs that are locally and culturally based, holistic, and supportive. They are:

Bay Mills Community CollegeMichiganBrimley
Blackfeet Community CollegeMontanaBrowning
Cankdeska Cikana Community CollegeNorth DakotaFort Totten
Chief Dull Knife CollegeMontanaLame Deer
College of Menominee NationWisconsinKeshena
College of the Muscogee NationOklahomaOkmulgee
Comanche Nation CollegeOklahomaLawton
Dine CollegeArizonaTsaile
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community CollegeMinnesotaCloquet
Fort Belknap CollegeMontanaHarlem
Fort Berthold Community CollegeNorth DakotaNew Town
Fort Peck Community CollegeMontanaPoplar
Haskell Indian Nations UniversityKansasLawrence
Ilisagvik CollegeAlaskaBarrow
Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native CultureNew MexicoSanta Fe
Institute of American Indian ArtsNew MexicoSanta Fe
Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community CollegeMichiganBaraga
Lac Courte Oreilles Ojibwa Community CollegeWisconsinHayward
Leech Lake Tribal CollegeMinnesotaCass Lake
Little Big Horn CollegeMontanaCrow Agency
Little Priest Tribal CollegeNebraskaWinnebago
Navajo Technical CollegeNew MexicoCrownpoint
Nebraska Indian Community CollegeNebraskaMacy
Northwest Indian CollegeWashingtonBellingham
Oglala Lakota CollegeSouth DakotaKyle
Saginaw Chippewa Tribal CollegeMichiganMount Pleasant
Salish Kootenai CollegeMontanaPablo
Sinte Gleska UniversitySouth DakotaMission
Sisseton Wahpeton CollegeSouth DakotaAgency Village
Sitting Bull CollegeNorth DakotaFort Yates
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic InstituteNew MexicoAlbuquerque
Stone Child CollegeMontanaBox Elder
Tohono O’Odham Community CollegeArizonaSells
Turtle Mountain Community CollegeNorth DakotaBelcourt
United Tribes Technical CollegeNorth DakotaBismarck
White Earth Tribal and Community CollegeMinnesotaMahnomen
Wind River Tribal CollegeWyomingEthete
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