About the Tribal Advisory Council

As a Native American serving institution, we respect and honor tribal sovereignty in our aim to strengthen our relationships with tribal nations and communities in our region and beyond.  Accordingly, we have established our Tribal Advisory Council for the following purposes:

  1. Provide opportunities to students from tribal nations and communities.
    1. Understand our tuition waiver for Native American and Alaska Native students.
    2. Collaborate on ways to connect culture and traditions to our coursework and degree programs.
  1. Explore opportunities to collaborate and partner to contribute to strengthening and enhancing tribal nations and communities.
    1. Develop internship programs that mutually benefit Indigenous students and communities.
    2. Develop programs to highlight educational and cultural programming with tribal leaders and elders.
  1. Inform tribal nations and communities about our reconciliation work regarding FLC’s history as a federal boarding school for American Indian students.
    1. Assist in understanding the impact of the boarding school experience and explore ways to begin the healing process.
    2. Provide input for recommendations on how to proceed in respectful ways in acknowledging our history.
    3. Remove panels and replace them with appropriate and respectful cultural artwork.

In addition to the purposes listed above, we welcome other areas and topics that are pertinent to our Indigenous students, faculty and staff. 

Council Members:

  • All Pueblo Council of Governors
  • First Alaskans Institute
  • Hopi Tribe
  • Jicarilla Apache Tribe
  • Navajo Nation
  • Southern Ute Tribe
  • Ute Mountain Tribe

Tribal officials/representatives will meet quarterly with President Stritikus and Dr. Lee Bitsóí and on as needed basis to address any issues or topics that may need immediate attention or consultation. 

Contact Person:

Lee Bitsóí
Special Advisor to the President for Indigenous Affairs

lbitsoi@fortlewis.edu
970-247-7222