Events Opens Saturday March 14, 2015 at the Albuquerque Convention Center
ALBUQUERQUE –Tribal college students from across the US and Canada will converge in Albuquerque this weekend for the annual American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) Student Conference.
Events kick-off on Saturday at the Albuquerque Convention Center — where students from 37 Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU’s) will represent their institutions at the conference, slated to run through Tuesday night.
This year’s conference theme is, “Planting Seeds of Knowledge for the 21st Century” and features 17 student competitions in science, business, art, theatre, speech, hand games, knowledge bowl, computer science, art, basketball, archery, volleyball, stickball, and a Mr. and Miss AIHEC competition.
Participants may also choose from several seminar tracks related to leadership, education, and other pressing issues in Indian Country. Each evening attendees share in camaraderie at special events including, traditional tribal games, a pow wow, and a banquet.
The public is invited to all events, free of charge, (except the banquet), and the exhibit expo — which features educational information booths, and Native American art vendors.
The conference is hosted exclusively by TCU’s every year at a different location. This year marks the first time since 2010 that Albuquerque is the host city. TCU’s hosting this year’s conference include: Institute of American Indian Arts (Santa Fe), Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (Albuquerque), Navajo Technical University (Crownpoint), Dine’ College (Tsaile, AZ), Haskell Indian Nations University (Lawrence, KS), Tohono O’odahm Community College (Sells, AZ), and the College of Muscogee Nation (Okmulgee, OK).