Red Crow Community College was founded in 1986. From its beginnings as an adult education center under the Blood Tribe Education Committee, it evolved into a unique, Board-governed post-secondary indigenous institution with all courses and programs “integrated with Niisitapisskska’takssin, the Blackfoot Knowledge Paradigm.” An Elder’s Advisory Council provides vital guidance to the College, including to students “in embracing the transformative educational processes of a renewal of Indigenous ways of knowing, the transfer of sacred sciences and practices.”1 The College’s name honors Red Crow (Mi’kai’sto,1830-1900), a notable warrior, peacemaker, Kainai leader and signatory of Treaty Seven.
Red Crow Community College was a founding member of the First Nations Adult & Higher Education Consortium [FNAHEC) in 1997 and received NIAB (priorly FNAB) accreditation in 1999. The College became a Canadian member of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) in 1995 and thereby designated as a Tribal College. (link to http://www.aihec.org/)
“The Mission of Mi’kai’sto Red Crow Community College is to meet the cultural, educational, and training needs for Kainaiwa and beyond. The college will provide leadership through its programs and services to nurture self-realization based on Kainaiysinni.”
“The Red Crow board of governors proposes a comprehensive plan with curriculum designed to meet the special needs of the Kainai people of the Blackfoot Confederacy. While the system does not intend to exclude any one, and maintains an open door policy, its primary purpose is to meet the needs of the Blackfoot population.”