The Center for American Indians at Bacone College vision is to be known as the place that prepares American Indian Leaders. Bacone College's historic commitment to serving American Indian students within a Christian setting that also honors and encourages the practice of American Indian beliefs and traditions sets Bacone apart from other institutions of higher education. A primary CAI goal is to have at least 51% of Bacone’s student body be American Indian. All CAI programs, events and service are provided to ensure the mission and goal becomes reality.
CAI goals focus on what Bacone College can “provide daily” towards meeting the unique needs that CAI students have. Homes and tribal communities of American Indian college students facilitate persistence by providing emotional, spiritual, and financial support that encourages American Indian students to achieve their higher education goals (Bowker, 1992; Heavy Runner & DeCelles, 2002). With that in mind CAI is committed to:
•Eliminating institutional barriers and promote CAI student leadership
•Focusing on meeting the “unique” CAI student academic needs
•Engagement and service to Tribal communities
•Enrich Bacone community inclusion and conversation that support CAI students
•Facilitating academic, social, cultural spiritual engagement of CAI students