Vision, Mission, Cultural Values


The American Indian Institute will strengthen leadership through culturally extensive support, enhance tribal and community relations, and empower students to become viable citizens.

Therefore, we will be:

  • The preferred choice for American Indian students seeking specialized programs unique to their needs
  • The lead in partnerships with tribal communities, organizations, and agencies
  • A student-centered family environment that encourages life skills and leadership
  • The leading community college meeting the growing needs of American Indian communities


The American Indian Institute will provide our students with the knowledge to be successful:

  • for transferability to a University
  • for professional and academic growth
  • with leadership skills
  • with cultural life balance

Core Cultural Values:

Family- the American Indian Institute creates a family environment amongst students, staff, and faculty

Respect- the American Indian Institute recognizes the uniqueness of each Tribe and treats all members with dignity and respect

Commitment- the American Indian Institute is dedicated to student’s academic excellence, well-being, and cultural balance

Community- the American Indian Institute is responsive to the unique needs of Indigenous peoples by creating comprehensive educational pathways