The American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) was founded by American Indian people to meet the needs of American Indian people for an educational environment that respects both American Indian people and the tribal culture.
Through AIHEC, tribal colleges work together to influence policy and build programs in all facets of higher education. Their underlying philosophy is that Indian people must control their own resources.
The first tribally-controlled college, Navajo Community College, later renamed Dine College, opened its doors in 1968. Since then AIHEC has grown to 37 Tribal Colleges and Universities with more than 75 sites in the United States which combine to form the American Indian Higher Education Consortium. Each of these institutions were created and chartered by their tribal government for a specific purpose: to provide higher education opportunities to American Indian people through programs that are locally and culturally based, holistic, and supportive.
Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College became a full voting member of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium in 1989.