Native American Communities

The CSU partners with Tribal Nations to increase the number of students from Tribal Nations who enroll and graduate from the CSU.

The following partnerships were established by selected CSU campuses to foster relationships between tribal communities and the university:

Additionally, the CSU supports the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and the California Indian Education Conference.

Online Events​​​

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Event Resources
Native American Heritage Month - Jackie Keliiaa

​Join Comedian Jackie Keliiaa in a conversation about urban Natives and the exploration of identity through art.
Contact: Amber Noel-Camacho
There There: Exploring Urban Indian Community & History
In a conversation with Dr. Caitlin Keliiaa, she expounds upon her scholarship to engage Indian labor exploitation, dispossession, and surveillance of Native bodies, especially in Native Californian contexts.
Contact: Amber Noel-Camacho

​​Supporting Native American Student Success Webinar
Ongoing​The California State University's Native American Initiative seeks to ensure access and opportunity for all Native American students to the CSU higher education offerings.  Many CSU campuses have established Tribal Liaisons and Native Resource Centers that support and serve California's Native American students and communities. This webinar will highlight some of the programs, services, and resources offered to Native American students. ​
Vid​eo | Presentation Deck


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.

Download the State of American Indian and Alaska Native Education in California 2014

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.


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.

How To Get to College

Unveiling of How To Get to College Handout in Luiseno

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.

Download the Lusieño How to Get to College Handout »

Download the Lusieño version of the How to Get to College Poster