AIHECAmerican Indian Higher Education Consortium
AIHECAmerican International Higher Education Corporation (South Africa)
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AIHEC "promotes and strengthens Indigenous languages, cultures, communities and tribal nations," while serving member and emerging TCUs, the organization's website says.
Both the men and women have regularly won AIHEC national championships since 2000.
"American Indians are under-represented in the fields of science and engineering," said Gerald Gipp, Ph.D., executive director of AIHEC. "The NASA AIHEC Summer Research Experience Program is a critical step to changing that equation by encouraging young American Indians to pursue careers in science and engineering while also building a welcoming environment that nurtures their career path."
In order to address the lack of access to higher education, and fueled by the American Indian self-determination movement that coalesced in the 1960s, 33 tribal colleges and universities were established in the United States and Canada to help increase access to higher education by American Indians who live on remote tribal lands (AIHEC et al., 2000, p.
Since 1972, AIHEC has assisted in the development and maintenance of the highest standards of quality education; developed and implemented programs that are consistent with the inherent rights of tribal sovereignty and self-determination; facilitated and encouraged federal and private funding.
The Dull Knife Memorial College on the North Cheyenne Reserveation in Lame Deer, Montana is one of the charter members of AIHEC.
The primary goal of the AIHEC Network is to provide diversity in education and synergy among educators.
For information on tribal colleges, contact AIHEC in Alexandria, Virginia, 703-838-0400,
This strategy resulted in the formation of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) in 1973, which in turn led to the development fifteen years later of the American Indian College Fund (AICF).
"NAFEO is excited about the new relationship between NATN and the Alliance members, NAFEO, AIHEC, and HACU," wrote NAFEO President Lezli Baskerville in an e-mail message.
The Alliance for Equity in Higher Education, consists of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), and the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO).