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Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute




The Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) is a federally funded tribal college located in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It was established in 1971 as a vocational training center to provide education and training to Native American individuals from various tribes across the United States. SIPI's main focus is on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, along with other vocational and technical programs.

Here's a brief overview of the history of the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute:

Establishment: SIPI was established in response to the need for education and training opportunities for Native American individuals. It was officially opened on July 1, 1971, under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the United States Department of the Interior.

Programs and Curriculum: SIPI offers a range of certificate, associate degree, and transfer programs in various fields such as engineering, computer science, business, environmental science, culinary arts, and more. The institution has evolved to focus on STEM education due to the increasing demand for professionals in these fields.

Tribal Affiliation: SIPI works closely with numerous Native American tribes and communities across the United States. It collaborates with tribal organizations to develop relevant curricula that address the specific needs and interests of Native American students.

Cultural Focus: The institute places a strong emphasis on preserving and celebrating Native American cultures and traditions. Cultural awareness and sensitivity are integrated into the curriculum and campus activities to create an inclusive and supportive learning environment.

Accreditation: SIPI is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), which ensures that the institute maintains academic standards and quality consistent with higher education institutions.

Impact: Over the years, SIPI has had a positive impact on the lives of many Native American students, providing them with opportunities for higher education and career advancement that might not have been available otherwise.

Challenges: Like many educational institutions, SIPI has faced challenges related to funding, resources, and adapting to changing educational trends. Despite these challenges, the institute continues to provide valuable education and training to Native American students.

The Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute remains committed to its mission of offering educational opportunities that empower Native American individuals and contribute to their personal growth and the development of their communities.



Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute prepares our culturally diverse Native American students as life-long learners through partnerships with tribes, employers, and other organizations. We establish a strong educational foundation for student success.





Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute aspires to be an intellectual asset to Indian country that is highly effective and puts students’ success first.



Strategic Goals


Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute will provide services and programs to strengthen student skill sets, demonstrated to impact student grit throughout the student life cycle.


Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute will provide comprehensive wellness programming for the SIPI community through partnerships and internal programming, including students and staff.


Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute will strengthen technical and analytic knowledge and skills throughout the curriculum.


Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute will develop programs to help students more effectively navigate educational transitions into and out of the college.


Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute will take a proactive approach to ensuring a culture of equity and inclusion for students and employees.


Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute will strengthen its capacity, through partnerships and internal development, to expand mobile learning.