Tribal Colleges And Universities ( Tcus ) Essay

2261 Words Oct 20th, 2016 10 Pages
Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) are unique in both their mission and the demographic they serve. They were created out of a need to undo years of systematic assimilation and sustain 12,000 years of traditions, languages, and cultures. Tribal Colleges and Universities are the direct results of Native American tribes recognizing a need in their communities and demanding the solution. They developed their own form of education, based on Western traditions, to ensure their people were educated and prepared to succeed. The passionate dedication to education and preservation of culture is why I was interested in researching on Tribal Colleges and Universities. I am an advocate of creating and demanding spaces for underrepresented minorities and Tribal Colleges and Universities are a prime example of this ideal. My original conceptualization of TCUs was that there were similar to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). While TCUs and HBCUs are both minority serving institutions and were created with involvement from the federal government, they are fundamentally different in function, development, and purpose. The mission of TCUs is to provide education to Native American students through the lens of tribal practices and philosophy. The question of why and how Tribal Colleges and Universities accomplish this mission is threaded through the abundant research on the history, governance, structure and issues surrounding TCUs. These components of TCUs are…

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