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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.


Red Book

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.

Click to download the State of American Indian and Alaska Native Education in California 2014

Red Book

The CSU supported bringing the State of American Indian and Alaska Native Education in California 2014 report to print. The report, by the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center, located 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 by higher education professionals, community leaders, and policy makers to develop programs that support Native American students.

The California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center also developed the Red Book, a guide to assist Native American students, their families, and those who serve them to locate important educational resources.

Click to download the Southern California American Indian Education Resource


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 relationships between tribal communities and the university:

The CSU supports 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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