Comanche Nation College

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Comanche Nation College
MottoKimutsi numumu?ai tusua
Motto in English
Come Study With Us
TypeNative American tribal community college and land grant institution
EstablishedAugust 8, 2002
PresidentConsuelo Lopez, PhD
Undergraduatesover 500
Location, ,
United States
Colorsroyal blue, golden yellow, and red
AffiliationsAmerican Indian Higher Education Consortium

Comanche Nation College was a two-year, open admissions, American Indian tribal community college. It is located in Lawton, Oklahoma, the capital of the Comanche Nation. The school was chartered by the Comanche Nation Business Committee.[1] Comanche Nation College closed on July 31, 2017. [2]


A Comanche Nation Charter Resolution established CNC as a community college in 2002. CNC was the first Tribal College established in the state of Oklahoma.[3] The college closed in 2017 due to a lack of funding following a loss of accreditation.[4]


The college became a candidate for accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission in 2012[5] however it withdrew from the process in 2016.[6]


The Comanche Nation established a Comanche Nation College Council of leaders in higher education. The Comanche Nation is federally recognized as a Tribe of Oklahoma. The Comanche Nation has 13,679 enrolled Tribal members, with about 6,000 members living in the Lawton-Fort Sill area of southwest Oklahoma.[3]


The college was a member of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium and American Association of Community Colleges. It was the 36th member of the organization and the first tribal college in Oklahoma.[1] The college partnered with Cameron University in Lawton and students were dual-enrolled.[7]

The Oklahoma Board of Nursing approved the college's two-year nursing program, making it the first approved tribal nursing program in the state.[8]


The school occupied a former elementary school building.


  1. ^ a b AIHEC Accepts Comanche College as 36th Member.[permanent dead link] Tribal College Journal. Fall 2005 (17 Feb 2009)
  2. ^ "Comanche Nation College". Comanche Nation College. Retrieved 2017-11-19.
  3. ^ a b American Indian Higher Education Consortium Archived June 14, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Re'Chelle Turner (July 21, 2017). "Comanche Nation College closing its doors after 15 years". KSWO. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  5. ^ Bill Donovan (February 25, 2013). "CNC granted academic accreditation". Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  6. ^ "Statement of Accreditation Status". Higher Learning Commission. February 6, 2018. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  7. ^ Admissions. Archived 2012-02-10 at the Wayback Machine Comanche Tribal College. (17 Feb 2009)
  8. ^ Schonchin, Jolene. "Comanche Nation College nursing program gains two-year approval." The Comanche Nation News. 7 April 2011 (retrieved 19 April 2011)

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