On April 21, 1979, the Northern Arapaho General Council created Sky People Higher Education to promote the higher educational needs of the Northern Arapaho Tribe. Sky People has grown from a single staff member to a current level of five full-time staff. According to Garrett Goggles, Sky People’s first Executive Director from 1979 to 1986, the purpose of the organization was to “promote the internal sovereignty of the Northern Arapaho Tribe by providing our young people with opportunities they typically wouldn’t have or even have dreamed about.”

Northern Arapaho TribeMission Statement:

Sky People Higher Education promotes the education of the Northern Arapaho Tribe by providing students with scholarships and other educational resources.


Goal 1: Facilitate academic skills to promote educational achievement

Goal 2: Generate a greater awareness of post-secondary educational opportunities

Goal 3: Coordinate efforts with transitional programs that promote academic success

Goal 4: Identify and/or support specialized trainings and professional development opportunities to promote Tribal sovereignty

Goal 5: Structure and implement fund-raising activities to support the post-secondary educational endeavors  of Northern Arapaho Tribal members