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Tribal Colleges

WithD.Michael Pavel, Ella Inglebret, and Mark VanDenHende

This chapter focuses on the tribal community college. It begins with a historical overview to provide a context for understanding the state of American Indian higher education and briefly describes selected historical events that have affected tribal colleges’ modern day success. Selected institutional portraits will then be presented to add insights about the uniqueness of each tribal college’s mission, curricular offerings, support services, programs, and accreditation history. The third section of this chapter presents a case study documenting tribal college impact on increasing postsecondary access. The chapter ends with perspectives on future prospects of tribal colleges in American higher education.