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In The Margins

Dec 1, 2022

In this episode, host Ralph Newell sits down with Carrie Billy, president and CEO of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC).


Tune in as Billy shares her commitment to public service and to protecting and promoting the cultures, rights, and well-being of American Indians. She is also devoted to improving the quality of life and educational status of all Americans.


As Native American Heritage Month concludes, don’t miss this interview on the work and challenges facing Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), higher education policy, and other critical issues impacting the nation's Indigenous communities.



- Carrie Billy’s path to AIHEC

- The importance of sustaining tribal cultures, traditions, and languages

- Integrating Western education with a Native perspective

- Why most TCUs do not offer student loans

- COVID-19’s devastating impact on indigenous populations

- Addressing student mental health needs on campus



“The real hope for American Indians, particularly reservation-based Indians, lies in higher education — tribally based, culturally, and place-based higher education. That's the future and the hope for our people.”



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