North Idaho College’s American Indian Student Center is dedicated to building community and a sense of place for tribal students. The center features a computer lab, study space and community center for tribal students and for members of NIC’s American Indian Student Alliance club. The American Indian Student Center also provides advising, academic support and resource referrals for students.
NIC sits on the ancestral homelands of the Schitsu’umsh, or the Coeur d’Alene Tribe, and NIC recognizes and honors the sovereignty of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe through the 9 Point Agreement.
Members of Idaho Native American Indian Tribes are considered Idaho residents for tuition purposes:
- Coeur d’Alene Tribe
- Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes
- Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation
- Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
- Eastern Shoshone Tribe
- Kalispel Tribe
- Nez Perce Tribe
- Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation
- Shoshone-Bannock Tribes
- Shoshone-Paiute Tribes
- Spokane Tribe
- Yakama Nation
The American Indian Student Alliance is an NIC student organization comprised of active Native and non-Native students at NIC, Lewis-Clark State College and the University of Idaho with the commitment to celebrate Native American culture. We work together to support each other in educational pursuits and through life as a college student, and encourage members to be involved in leadership, social, educational and recreational events.
The AISA’s mission is written in its constitution and states the purpose of AISA shall be to:
- Form a council representative of American Indian Student leaders and organizations.
- Coordinate activities and opportunities of interest to American Indian students on campus.
- Represent the interests of American Indian students at NIC, promote increased awareness of American Indian cultures and address issues of concern.
- Develop a model of networking and cooperation among student leaders that creates and promotes professional and tribal networks for the future.
- Manage fundraising for American Indian activities and events.
The AISA meets weekly to meet old and new friends, plan events and connect on the challenges and rewards of being an NIC student. Meetings are scheduled at noon on alternating Mondays and Tuesdays in the American Indian Student Center in the lower level of the SUB.
The AISA also hosts a study lab from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursdays in the American Indian Student Center in the lower level of the SUB.
The annual Che’nshish Scholarship has been awarded to an NIC student since 2010. The AISA received a $2,000 donation from the Kootenai Tribe in 2009, that enabled AISA leaders Tim Clark and Ryan Carden to establish the scholarship, which is self-funded by the Che’nshish Golf Scramble and other AISA events, including regular frybread and Indian taco sales, silent auctions and raffles.
AISA leaders received permission from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe to give the scholarship the name Che’nshish, which is the Coeur d'Alene expression meaning to assist, provide for and to give to others.
NIC students are eligible to apply for the Che’nshish Scholarship if they are:
- First- or second-generation Native descendent (example: family member enrolled but following family member not enrolled).
- Canadian enrolled and descendent
- Native American enrolled and descendent
- Alaska Native enrolled and descendent
- A degree-seeking or certificate-seeking NIC student.
- Enrolled in a minimum of six credits.
There is no minimum GPA required to apply for the scholarship, and applications are due in March each year.
Contact the American Indian Student Services office for more information and for applications.
Tribal Education Resources
Many tribal organizations emphasize the importance of education and provide academic and community support, resources and scholarships for students. The following list includes links to official education departments for many American Indian/Alaska Native tribes.
- Cayuga Nation
- Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
- Oneida Indian Nation
- St. Regis Band of Mohawk Indians
- Tonawanda Band of Seneca
Eastern Regional Office:
- Aroostook Band of Micmacs
- Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians
- Jena Band of Choctaw Indians
- Mashantucket Pequot Tribe
- Mashpee Wamponoag Tribe of Massachusetts
- Mohegan Indian Tribe
- Passamoquoddy Tribe – Pleasant Point Reservation
- Poarch Band of Creek Indians
South and Eastern States Agency:
Great Lakes Agency:
- Forest County Potawatomi Community of Wisconsin
- Ho-Chunk Nation
- Lac Du Flambeau Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin
- Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin
- Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians of Wisconsin
- Stockbridge Munsee Community of Wisconsin
- Huron Potawatomi, Inc.
- Lac Vieux Desert Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians
- Little River Band of Ottawa Indians
- Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians
- Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan
- Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians of Michigan
- Bois Forte Reservation Business Committee
- Fond du Lac Reservation Business Committee
- Grand Portage Reservation Business Committee
- Leech Lake Reservation Business Committee
- Minnesota Chippewa Tribe
- White Earth Reservation Business Committee
Midwest Regional Office:
Central California Agency:
- Big Pine Paiute Tribe of the Owens
- Bishop Paiute Tribe
- Bridgeport Indian Colony
- Buena Vista Rancheria
- Cahto Tribal Executive Committee
- Chicken Ranch Rancheria
- Cloverdale Rancheria
- Colusa Rancheria
- Enterprise Rancheria
- Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria
- Fort Independence Reservation
- Greenville Rancheria
- Hopland Reservation
- Ione Band of Miwok Indians
- Lone Pine Paiute Shoshone Reservation
- Lower Lake Rancheria
- Mechoopda Indian Tribe of the Chico Rancheria
- Middletown Rancheria
Native American Organizations, Resources and Information
The following resources are provided for those interested in American Indians/Alaskan Natives. These resources include demographics of state and federally recognized tribes within the United States, population figures, tribal contact information and home pages for tribes.
- Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI)
- Alaska Inter-Tribal Council
- Alaska Native Knowledge Network
- American Indian Lands Environmental Support Project
- American Indian Law Review
- American Indian Science and Engineering Society
- Bristol Bay Native Corporation
- Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)
- Center for World Indigenous Studies (CWIS)
- Cherokee Nation
- Chinook Nation
- Code Talk
- Cook Inlet Tribal Council
- Coquille Indian Tribe
- Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians
- CRITFC - Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission
- Denali Commission of Alaska
- Index of Native American Resources
- Indian Country Today
- Indian Health Service
- Indian Reservation Roads Program (IRR)
- Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada
- Intertribal Timber Council
- Kappler's Indian Affairs: Laws and Treaties
- National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)
- National Indian Education Association (NIEA)
- Vision Maker Media
- Native American Rights Fund (NARF)
- Native American Times
- Native Sense
- Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board
- NPS: Tribal Preservation Program
- Office of American Indian Trust
- Red Feather Development Group
- Salmon Homecoming Alliance
- The SGCE Tribal Consortium
- State-Tribal Relations
- Tribal Court Clearinghouse
- Tulalip Tribes