The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal College is our national academic sanctuary and the home of traditional tribal knowledge which promotes the strong values that have always guided the hearts and minds of the people and which honors the treasured human gifts the ability to think, to hear, to speak, to feel, and to walk on this good Earth.
The mission of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal College (CATC) is to provide a quality cultural based and academically rigorous general education for tribal and non-tribal citizens. The main focus is upon traditional tribal knowledge, quality of life and enhancing the status of American Indians in contemporary America.
The Cheyenne and Arapaho place a high value upon respect, which is essential instruction that came from Bear Butte, the sacred teaching mountain that stands in the north. Respect is holding other people, places, and things in high regard and to acknowledge that reciprocity, a give and take, and working together in community are aspects of this fundamental quality.
The Cheyenne and Arapaho maintain the expression of their holistic ways of life, which include all that makes them unique in terms of language, history, traditions, and identity to which they consistently adhere and practice in appropriate and ethical ways.
The Cheyenne and Arapaho have continuously produced culturally knowledgeable and skillful individuals, who have carried their intellectual resourcefulness into contemporary America, and now exert like performance in the education tracks and careers they pursue as leaders and tribal citizens of a global village.
The Cheyenne and Arapaho are resilient and positive peoples, who despite adverse historical and contemporary socio-economic conditions continue to look forward into a yet invisible and unknown future with confidence and great expectation of strengthening and building community.
By 2010 CATC will gain an Associate Membership in American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) and Accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities.
Strategic Goal 1 – Accreditation and Recruitment of Faculty
Strategic Goal 2 – Strategic Partnerships
Strategic Goal 3 – Financial Plan
Strategic Goal 4 – Recruitment and Retaining of Students
Strategic Goal 5 – Establishment of CATC as the Language and Cultural Capital of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes