Tribal Colleges and Universities Building Community: Education, Social, Cultural, and Economic Development
Perhaps more than any other educational institution, tribai colleges and universities (TeUs) are creatures of their communities. Hence, community building is a primary feature and goal of the current 33 TeUs in the United States and is the focus of this chapter. The mission statements that guide TeUs stem from their unique native/indigenous communities' his tory and cultural traditions; consequently, the activities supported by TeUs are aimed at meeting their communities' varied needs. A brieflook at tribai col, leges' mission statements confirms this and reveals that not only are the TeUs designed to serve their communities, but they also define their com, munities and propose to serve them in different ways.