National Tribal University Meeting Convenes in Rapid City
Condensed by Native Village
South Dakota: Discussions are underway to create a National
Tribal American University (NTAU). For several years, presidents
from North America's 38
tribal colleges and universities (TCU) have been discussing the
In December, TCU
presidents and educators attended a formal meeting held by the
American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) and Sinte Gleska
focused on many topics regarding the University. These included:
and sharing of tribal college courses
a tribal accreditation model
TCU presidents are particularly interested in
focusing on Indian language courses and their delivery
through online technology.
National Tribal American University has already been
discussed at length. Advocates include President Bordeaux from Sinte
Gleske and Senator Daniel Inouye
(D-Hawaii). In 2000, a task force had been created and legislation
planned. But after September 11, 2001, the project was put
National Tribal American University
efforts were renewed at the National Indian Education Association conference.
2010, the National Congress of American Indians passed a resolution
in support of an NTAU.
For 10 years Sinte
Gleska University has remained a strong NATU advocate and sponsored
forums during AIHEC and NIEA conventions.