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 nation’s TCUs.


Indigenous languages were once
spoken in the United States


Indigenous languages were once
spoken in the United States


Indigenous languages were once
spoken in the United States

TCU 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.


33 TCUs currently offer
Native language courses.


17 TCUs have degrees or certificate
programs in Native languages.


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


Cathy Wishes to Inspire Native Youth to Attend College

Henry celebrates earning high marks with a supportive circle of friends

Jared graduates from prestigious University while maintaining a successful career

Sisters Rachel and Brenda accomplish a lifelong goal of graduating together


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Funding Opportunities

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