External Relations

Native American Initiative

The goal of the Native American Initiative is to increase the number of students from Tribal Nations who enroll and graduate from the CSU.

In 2014, the CSU Chancellor’s Office compiled information from the CSU campuses on services, programs, grant programs available to Federally Recognized Tribes in California.  The information, compiled for the Office of the Governor, will be used for a “Directory of California Indian Tribal Governments” to foster the consultation and collaboration process between Tribal Governments and state departments and agencies.  We are in the process of finalizing the assessment in order to also add a link to our website as a resource to you. 

In 2014, CSU also supported the printing of the  State of American Indian and Alaska Native Education in California 2014 report. The report, by the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center at Cal State San Marcos, provides baseline data about the education of the Native American population in California. The data in the report can be used among higher education professionals, community and opinion leaders, as well as policy makers.

A resource guide has been developed to assist American Indian students, tribes, organizations and families locate important educational resources. The Red Book serves as a directory with education resources by county, by colleges and universities, and by organizations.  The Red Book, designed for students when planning their educational collect relevant information about educational funding sources, is a project of the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center, located at the California State University, San Marcos.

The CSU Native American Initiative began in March 2006, when the CSU held a summit with leaders representing 40 California tribes to discuss strategies to build a college going culture among Native American families. Recommendations from the summit included the convening of regional meetings to discuss educational partnerships between CSU campuses and tribal communities.
The following partnerships have been established by selected CSU campuses to foster relationship between tribal communities and the university:

The CSU supports and participates in the conferences of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and the California Indian Education Conference.


CSU Unveils How-To-Get-to-College Brochure in Luiseño Language

The California State University system unveiled its How-to-Get-to-College brochure, written in the Luiseño language, during a ceremony honoring the 2013’s American Indian graduates, held May 9, 2013 at CSU San Marcos.

Unveiling of How To Get to College Handout in Luiseno

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