San Carlos Apache Set to Establish a Tribal College

Jun 23rd, 2014 | By | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive

The San Carlos Apache Tribe has announced that it will partner with Arizona State University (ASU) in establishing its own tribally controlled college. The new tribal college will be the first Apache-controlled institution of higher education. “A tribal college operated by and for Apaches will help secure the future of the tribe, not just as a means for sustainable economic development, but as a critical institution to preserve our language, our culture, and our history,” stated tribal chairman Terry Rambler.

ASU will play a crucial role in the development of the new tribal college. Administrators from the university will advise the tribe in operations, governance, accreditation, and articulation. ASU will also serve a pivotal role in the actual construction of the new campus, and will provide counselling services and personnel support. Maria Hesse, the vice provost for academic partnerships at ASU, hopes that students completing Associate of Arts programs at the new college will transfer to the university. “We anticipate that students who begin at the Apache tribal college will be able to easily transfer into majors at ASU, and we will build curricular pathways that ensure they have the right preparation for university success,” Hesse stated.

Currently Arizona, which has more tribal lands than any state, is home to two tribal colleges—Tohono O’odham Community College (Sells, AZ) and Diné College (Tsaile, AZ), while representatives from other tribes in the state sit on the board of regents at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (Albuquerque, NM). At press time, it was unclear whether the new tribal college would join the American Indian Higher Education Consortium.

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