The power of tribal colleges is that they are open, accessible institutions that offer a second chance to everyone— even those from some of the darkest corners of America.
A trained attorney, the president of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium has made it her life work to advocate on behalf of all Native peoples. The state of the tribal college movement today underscores her efficacy.
From student to leader, Fort Peck Community College president Haven Gourneau embodies what the TCU movement is all about.
A Maori leader on the world stage, Trevor Moeke brings optimism and energy to global Indigenous higher education.
A graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts, Kevin Red Star has helped shape modern Native art.
Anpo Inajin Win—Stands at Dawn Woman—is a fitting name for Sherry Red Owl. She greets each day as a new opportunity and has spent her life working at new things.
Dr. Miranda Haskie embarked on a five-year journey, travelling to the farthest corners of Diné Bikéyah—the Navajo homeland—to interview and record for posterity the knowledge, lessons, and wisdom of World War II code talkers and other elders.
William Freeman is well-known in Indian circles. Though non-Native, he has spent all of his adult life advocating for better healthcare for American Indians. His impact on behavioral health at tribal colleges and universities (TCUs) has been broad and remarkably effective.
Longtime Red Crow Community College language instructor Louis Soop binds culture, language together.
Ilisagvik College President Pearl Brower (Iñupiat) is used to the long, dark, cold winters at the nation’s northernmost tribal college—just north of the Arctic Circle. Brower was born and raised in Barrow on the North Slope of Alaska.