Published on November 24, 2012 by Amy
Little Priest Tribal College in Winnebago, Nebraska, USA is an accredited college of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC). The college is primarily supported by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska.
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For many years, the goal of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska has been to provide quality education for its members. Past leaders, such as Reuben A. Snake, Jr., Sam Tebo, Sr., and Neola Walker were instrumental in bringing about educational change. Today, leaders continue to realize that learning is a lifelong process and that there is a link between education and the economic success of the tribe.
In 1994, the administrators and staff of reservation education programs from early childhood through high school were encourage to revise their core curriculum materials and provide children with a sequential education plan for every year of their growth. During the 1995-1996 school year, the new curriculum standards were pilot tested from the Head Start Program through High School including the mission school, St. Augustine’s. Teachers and parents witnessed many improvements as a result of this effort.
The Tribal Council, anticipating significant academic growth in the Winnebago students, appointed a task to research and evaluate the higher education component of the total education plan. Part of this research was the studying of the general education and major programs at the then existing institution of higher education, Nebraska Indian Community College (NICC). The task force, after extensive research, determined that the programs of NICC would not meet the needs of future Winnebago students. After exploring several options, the Winnebago Tribal College decided to withdraw from NICC and charter its own college: Little Priest Tribal College (LPTC). The college was named after Little Priest, the last true war chief of the HoChunk people.
Little Priest Tribal College began offering academic courses and community education classes in August 1996. Chartered as the educational arm of the tribe, the major focus is to provide a two year associate degree assuring that the majority of credits will transfer and prepare students to successfully complete a major at a four year institution. Another equally important purpose of the college is to provide language and culture classes and training opportunities for tribal employees.
LPTC has been approved by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and has been accepted for full membership in the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC). The college is accredited by the North Central Association (NCA) of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504.