WHO WE ARE

The Native Language Center aims to preserve and revitalize Indigenous languages at more than 30 Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) across the nation. In 2021, the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) developed a 3-year strategic plan for capacity-building to teach and maintain American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) languages at our nations TCUs.

300

Indigenous languages were once
spoken in the United States

175

Indigenous languages remain
spoken in the U.S. today

35+

AI/AN languages are acquired by children today

NATIVE LANGUAGE PROGRAMS

TCU Native language programs are authentic and unique. They are located in the communities where these languages are spoken. Some are the only academic institutions in the world where these Native languages are taught. The AIHEC initiative aims to connect and coordinate all TCU language programs to leverage resources and share best practices.

TCU LOCATIONS

AIHEC Member Institutions

Developing AIHEC Member Institutions

33

TCUs currently offer
Native language courses.

17

TCUs degrees or certificate programs in Native Languages.

7

TCUs currently teach more than one Native Language.

“Our language is our sovereignty. Our language is who we are as a people.”
Professor Kathleen Kicheyan
San Carlos Apache College

COMMUNITY HIGHLIGHTS

Jared graduates from prestigious University while maintaining a successful career

Henry celebrates earning high marks with a supportive circle of friends

Sisters Rachel and Brenda accomplish a lifelong goal of graduating together

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Funding Opportunities

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