National Tribal College Week: Scenes from Capitol Hill

Volume 28, No. 2 - Winter 2016
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Each year, tribal college students and administrators travel to Washington, DC for the American Indian Higher Education Consortium’s (AIHEC’s) annual advocacy effort, known informally as Capitol Hill days. In 2015, Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) honored AIHEC’s work and helped raise awareness of the tribal college movement by proclaiming Capitol Hill days “National Tribal College Week.”

Regardless of the name, AIHEC’s annual advocacy effort enables tribal college delegations to meet with their respective Congressional representatives and senators to discuss issues of importance to American Indian higher education such as funding, facilities development, programming, and student loans. Before arriving in the nation’s capital, AIHEC helps prime students and administrators through an informative webinar, which offers a crash course in advocacy and gives a bird’s eye view of Washington’s political terrain. Still, nothing can quite prepare tribal college delegations for the excitement, importance, and sense of empowerment of takin’ it to the Hill.


2017 AIHEC Student Poetry Slam


On the opening evening of the 2017 AIHEC Student Conference in Rapid City, students from an array of TCUs entertained conference goers with the spoken word at the annual poetry slam. View the video

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