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World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium

Recognized as an international accrediting authority, WINHEC strengthens and validates indigenous higher education institutions and programs by promoting and acknowledging indigenous epistemology and pedagogy. WINHEC provides an international forum and support for indigenous peoples to pursue common goals through higher education. WINHEC is founded according the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.


  • Accelerate the articulation of indigenous epistemology (ways of knowing, education, philosophy, and research);
  • Protect and enhance indigenous spiritual beliefs, culture and languages through higher education;
  • Advance the social, economic, and political status of indigenous peoples that contribute to the well-being of indigenous communities through higher education;
  • Create an accreditation body for indigenous education initiatives and systems that identify common criteria, practices and principles by which indigenous peoples live;
  • Recognize the significance of indigenous education;
  • Create a global network for sharing knowledge through exchange forums and state of the art technology; and
  • Recognize the educational rights of indigenous peoples.

On August 5, 2013, Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College applied for additional accreditation of the American Indian Studies Associate of Arts Degree (AIS AA) Program through the World Indigenous Nations Higher Education Consortium. The American Indian Studies Associate of Arts Degree Program at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College is currently in candidacy for WINHEC accreditation.

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