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Welcome to UC San Diego!


Welcome Letter from NASA


Native American Student Alliance (NASA)


Meet the Members of NASA

Events & Programs 9-10

UCSD Annual Powwow


Clubs, Programs, & Organizations


Events Calendar

Academics 14

Peterson Hall


Undergraduate Research Programs


Academic Programs


Community Resources


Southern California Regional Native American Nations

Photos by Erik Jepsen


Welcome to UC San Diego!

Congratulations on your admission to UC San Diego! We would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to the Triton community and provide you with some essential information to help you ensure that UC San Diego is the right choice for you. As a Native American, you face unique issues and bring your own individual perspective and voice to the university. In this guide you will find numerous resources offered on the UC San Diego campus that will help you adjust to student life and fulfill your academic goals. The students, faculty and organizations highlighted in this guide stand ready to assist you in making UC San Diego your new home. We welcome you to reach out to them, familiarize yourself with the resources available at the university and embrace all of the opportunities within your new community!


ive American Student A t a N m llian fro r e ce B t t Le oar d Congratulations on being admitted to UC San Diego! We are excited to have the opportunity to welcome you into this prestigious university, chock full of opportunities to seize, people to meet and memories to be made. We hope that one of those memories will be the chance for us to meet you. You have worked so hard to get this far into your academic career, and we are glad to share this pivotal moment with you. Native American Student Alliance (NASA) stands as a great force among institutional organizations but we are foremost rooted as a family. We are a circle of peers and friends alike, who support each other in scholarship and personal growth. Though we are small in number, we foster strength, a sense of belonging and an enriching, motivational atmosphere to develop our identities. Drawing from one another’s academic and social experiences, we thrive together. As a community of activists, we are ready to take on necessary steps to make a difference. We invite you to become a part of this family and inspire change within our campus, the greater community and beyond. Together, we can embark on the journey of understanding the diverse range of native history, heritage and culture that is alive within NASA. We wholeheartedly welcome you with open arms. Please feel free to connect with us through email or social media and we can answer any questions you may have. Best of luck to you in all your endeavors! We know there is a lot in store for you and even greater things to come!

Yours Truly, The NASA Board Akiko Garcia, Co-Chair: Lala Forrest, Co-Chair: Tasha Matthews, Secretary: Brody Patterson, Co-Treasurer: Simon Marino, Co-Treasurer: Burgundy Fletcher, Liason:


STaff Spotlight

The Native American Student Alliance (NASA) Darlene Schlueter Center for Student Involvement Associate Director of Student Organizations Advising and Events Student Organization Advisor for NASA

Darlene has been working at UC San Diego since 1998 and has been the student organization advisor to the Native American Student Alliance for the last 5 years. She has assisted the NASA students in planning their Native Welcome Dinner, basketball tournaments, fundraisers and annual Powwow. She is dedicated to student success and supporting the students of the Native American community to become transformational leaders.

What is your favorite part about working with Native students? Working with the Native American student leaders on this campus has exposed me to new traditions and has provided me a deeper appreciation for the Native Community. I am proud and honored to serve as the NASA advisor.

The Native American Student Alliance (NASA) is dedicated to promoting Native community and culture throughout the UC San Diego campus and surrounding areas. The student organization won the 2013 UCSD Diversity Award for outstanding contributions in the areas of diversity and equal opportunity. NASA is an integral part of our campus, working to create a safe and open space for Native students to come together. NASA believes in contributing to the academic process as well as to the greater Native community. The group strives to form a support system that deals with the specific needs and struggles of Native students at UCSD by working to bring together individuals from various backgrounds and to educate on different indigenous cultures and traditions, while preserving tribal identities and respecting the local Kumeyaay people, customs and land. NASA provides an opportunity for all Natives and allies to work together for common goals and to develop leadership qualities among its members in a supportive, comfortable and fun environment. NASA helps to promote Native involvement in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines through recruitment and retention programs available at UCSD, and works directly with the California American Indian Research Center for Health to involve Native students in current issues in tribal health and law. Check the NASA Facebook page for meeting and event updates.

Inter-tribal Resource Center NASA meets each week at the Inter-Tribal Resource Center (ITRC), located in the heart of campus. The center is run by Native students and faculty, and is a favorite space for students to study and hang out. Feel free to stop in any time and say hello! The students and faculty at the ITRC will be glad show you around and answer any questions you may have.

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Eleanor Roosevelt College, Class of 2016


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Minor: Education Studies Tribal Identity: Inupiaq- Kiana Traditional Council Hometown: Kotzebue, Alaska Involvement: United National Indian Tribal Youth, National Indian Child Welfare Association, Undergraduate Researcher at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Arctic Council Research Model, Generation Indigenous, Curator for California Women's Museum

Muir College, Class of 2016 Major: Biology (Ecology, Behavior & Evolution)

Transitioning into a university one hundred times larger than my own community was not easy, but it was one of the best decisions I have made thus far. UC San Diego gave me a sense of who I can be. I was given new opportunities that are not offered anywhere else, such as working for a research lab that allowed me to focus on Arctic Marine mammals. Even though I was away from home I was able to study and learn about the mammals that my tribe has relied on for thousands of years. I also got to work closely with professors who are passionate about working with Indian Country. One class allowed me to work

Minor: Cognitive Science Tribal Identity: Mescalero Apache, Nahua Hometown: Northridge, California Involvement: NASA, CA-NARCH, College Ambassador, Muir Environmental Corps. (MEC), Research Internship: The Social Interaction of Dolphins

with other native students on the curation of a museum exhibit that focused on Native American women in Indian Country. So, although I am far away from home, I am able to learn more about the traditions surrounding me and my own. Choosing to attend UC San Diego is one of the best decisions I have made.

What is your advice for incoming students? ALWAYS visit the campus. I promise you that you will regret missing Triton Day; it's a celebra-

Eleanor Roosevelt College, Class of 2016 Major: Physiology and Neuroscience

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Tribal Identity: Pit River Hometown: Alturas/Redding, California Involvement: NASA, California Native American Research Center for Health (CA-NARCH), Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC), International Health Collective (IHC)


I decided to come to UCSD because it's in San Diego—it's a great place to be. I also received the Native Life magazine in the mail and I got to see that there was a Native American Student Alliance that I could join and that there was a group that I could be closely associated with and that I could have friends right away. My freshman year, as soon as I joined NASA, I volunteered at the Native American High School Conference and that was a blast, seeing over 100 high school students explore the university. My advice to incoming students is to follow your heart and your underlying passions will surface.

tion among freshmen of all walks of life and the campus is buzzing with excitement. Maybe chance will join us and your personalized tour will be guided by me!

Where is the best place to wind down between classes? In my free time, you can be sure to find me at the Inter-Tribal Resource Center: so swing by! If you're ever searching for any on or off campus opportunities too, both as a native or as a fellow animal enthusiast, I would be more than happy to be a resource to you.

Higher education is an enhanced supplement to your own original aspirations and purpose of life. Understand that you are destined to be someone incredible and that just because you come undeclared or as the major your parent guardians claim you to have, does not mean you have to settle for less. Be true to who you are and things you want to do, regardless of major or the thoughts


and opinions of others.

a foster youth), or even just searching for spirituality, I can be of great assistance! The Cross-Cultural Center and the Inter-Tribal Resource Center are great places to relax, make friends and, often times, find free food! You can likely find me at these places if you ever need a

Major: Ethnic Studies and Literature/ Writing minor Hometown: San Diego, California Involvement: NASA, Foster the Students

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who have been neglected by their parents (or if you feel you identify as

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If you are looking for a place to feel at peace with other Natives, a

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(FTS), Origins Church, Intervarsity

friend to talk to.

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Major: Computational Neurosciences


School of Health Sciences, Ph.D. Student If you’re studying science or engineering, you should definitely make an effort to get involved in research during your time at UCSD.

(also Chickasaw ancestry)

There is really an abundance of opportunities here—both on campus

Hometown: Norman, Oklahoma

and at some of the nearby research institutions.

Key Involvements: NASA, SACNAS@UCSD,

I’m always happy to help with questions about finding

UCSD Taekwondo, Neurosciences

research opportunities, especially in neuroscience or

Outreach Programs

biology, and also thinking about graduate studies and the application process.

att erso n yP d o Br Revelle College, Class of 2019 Major: History/Political Science Tribal Identity: Mono Hometown: Merced, California

Key Involvements: NASA, Revelle College Council (RCC), UCSD Associated Students, Peer Note-taker for the Office for Students with Disabilities Congratulations on your admission to UCSD! Among you are some of the brightest minds in the world, including yourself! In your early days on campus, make sure to introduce yourself to as many people as you can—you never know who may help you out in the future!

Why did you choose UCSD? The political science department here is great, so that definitely attracted me to the school. And, also, when I came here for Triton Day there was a welcoming environment and I really liked that about the school. Out of my choices I just felt that UCSD was the right one.

What advice would you give to help new students adjust to college life? Adjusting to college isn't easy. You just have to stick with it and you have to push yourself to try new things. That's the main thing—meeting new people. I was the only one from my high school to come here, so I had to meet new people and it's paid off. I have friends who I'm going to be friends with for all my time here and for my entire life. Enjoy every minute of your time here at UCSD, these years will fly by. Do not hesitate to contact me if you need any advice, Nativerelated or not—I am more than willing to help!

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No Tribal Identity, Ally Hometown: Santa Cruz, Calif. Key Involvements: Outback Adventures, NASA Because there are countless things to get involved with through the university, it can be overwhelming and, therefore, easy to forget to check in with oneself. My advice to newly admitted students is to make time and find creative ways to self-reflect. Also, get involved on campus! NASA will be working to hold space for Indigenous and non-Indigenous students to

Warren College, Class of 2018

collectively discuss identity. A project that I urge all to participate in.

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Major: Chemical Engineering Minor: Ethnic Studies

Tribal Identity: Peoria Tribe of Oklahoma Hometown: Oklahoma City, Okla.

Revelle College, Class of 2019

Key Involvements: NASA, American

Major: Urban Studies and Planning

Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE),

No Tribal Identity, Ally

NARCH, AISES, SACNAS, and of course,

Hometown: Fremont, Calif.

my family of six!

Key involvements: Roger's Community Garden, Tutoring at Preuss School As a newly admitted student, trust your instincts. It's impossible to know everything about a college,

What is your advice for incoming students?

so don't worry too much about finding the perfect one. Wherever you end up is, more often than not, the

My advice for new students is to take

right place to be. If you do decide to go to UCSD, try to get outdoors as often as you can. La Jolla is one

some time during your first few

of the most beautiful locations for a college, and it doesn't take much time to get to a park or the ocean.

weeks to get to know people,

Even on campus, there are many gardens and trails to explore.

organization goals/missions, etc. in order to best decide what you want to

Prior to coming to UC San Diego, I served five years in the United States Marine Corps. I got involved with the Native American Student Alliance my first year here and made the Inter-tribal Resource Center my second home. The friends I made in the space will stick with me for a very long time. My advice: Classroom-based lecture is


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Sixth College, Class of 2016 Major: Urban Studies and Planning Minor: Business Tribal Identity: Cherokee/ Choctaw Hometown: Middleton, Wis.

participate in. When you finally get here, you will be so excited that you'll want to be a part of everything, but—trust me—that won't work with your study schedule! UCSD can be a pretty intimidating place, but please know that you do belong here and you are not alone. There are other Natives here on campus, not

only a fraction of what you'll learn at

many, but we are here—come find us!

UC San Diego. If you really want to get an education, get involved—change

Start at the ITRC!

something or make something you're passionate about. That's where the real education comes from. 8

Hello and welcome to UC San Diego! Congratulations on making the amazing decision to continue on with your journey. As a Native American scholar, higher education is something only some can dream of, but it is a vital resource to the future of all Native American nations. Education is key to the prosperity of our people, giving us strength from knowledge to persevere. I wish you the best during your time at UC San Diego and hope you gather the tools you need for a brighter future. UC San Diego is built on Kumeyaay land, and everyone here at UC San Diego wishes to respect the people of the land and their culture. As many Native students come from all around the country to study at UC San Diego, I hope you are able to share your culture, traditions and insight with both UC San Diego and the Kumeyaay people to better strengthen relationships with one another. With this understanding, we as Native people, will be able to create a better environment with one another. There are many resources for Native students to achieve their goals at UC San Diego. If you have any questions, please feel free to stop by the Inter-Tribal Resource Center and ask about these resources. My family comes from the Tohono O'Odham nation of San Xavier and I am the 2015-2016 UC San Diego Powwow Princess. As a powwow princess I serve as a liaison between UCSD and the Native American Student Alliance to the powwow community and vice versa. I am the face of the organization and also the promoter of the university to Native American students all around Indian country. As princess, I have had the pleasure of meeting new people and, with that, formed new friendships. I have also learned about many different traditions and ways practiced by the various tribes throughout this land. That is what I hope for all of you— to meet new people, create lasting friendships and always keep learning. Knowledge is power and with that power I hope you all do good with it for your people. NASA is a good place to start with all of this, especially for help, support, questions or just a friend. I wish you well during this chapter of your life and I hope to run into you somewhere along your journey. If you see me, don't be shy, please come up and introduce yourself! Best of luck! Jackie Gillissie UCSD San Diego Powwow Princess 2015-2016


UCSD Annual Powwow Each year, UC San Diego's California Native American (CANA) Day Celebration Committee organizes events that enhance the relationship between local tribal communities and UCSD students, faculty and staff. The UCSD Powwow is one of the most popular annual events organized by the Native American Student Alliance. Hundreds of visitors of all ages from the San Diego and campus community join to celebrate Native American culture with American Indian food, colorful regalia, bird singing, gourd dancing, the crowning of Miss UC San Diego Powwow Princess and a veteran's recognition ceremony.



spaces The work done at SPACES (Student Promoted Access Center For Education and Service) is student-initiated, studentrun and student-led. There are many different leadership opportunities for UCSD students at SPACES. There are 30 paid positions and many volunteer gigs, such as giving tours, tutoring and writing for The Collective Voice, UCSD's progressive newspaper that promotes social unity, justice and awareness across campus communities.

oasis The Office of Academic Support and Instructional Services (OASIS) is the learning center at UC San Diego. We provide free tutoring in a collaborative, supportive environment. We also provide peer mentors and counselors to support students with issues that can distract from academic priorities, such as personal and family issues and setting and reaching goals. The majority of the 3,000+ undergraduates who use OASIS each year are outstanding students who want to earn high grades.

Su m m er B r i dg e is a pre-college program offered by

OASIS that provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to live on campus for four weeks, earn eight units of college credit, and develop a higher level of academic skills and abilities at no cost to you. Any incoming UCSD freshman may apply. Students are assigned an Academic Transition Counselor, a peer mentor who will follow your progress throughout your year. In addition, you will have the opportunity to participate in quarterly social

events. OASIS Living/ Learning Community (OLC) aims to ensure that freshmen reach their academic potential and enjoy positive involvement on campus. OLC provides an individualized package of tutoring, mentoring, counseling, and networking for each student to ease the transition from high school to university life.


Native Student Graduation Every year the Native American Student Alliance (NASA) holds the Native American Graduation celebration for the Native community on campus. Participating graduates receive a certificate on behalf of NASA, as well as a graduation sash made by NASA. It is a time of great joy and celebration as the Native community on campus comes together to commemorate the achievements of the graduating Native American class as they become heroes and champions in their fields of study and serve as inspiration to the Native American communities and families.

Cross-Cultural Center The Cross-Cultural Center is the perfect home away from home. The welcoming atmosphere means that you don't need a reason to stop by—just come on in, introduce yourself and talk with other students and staff! Each year, the center is host to NASA's annual Native American Graduation celebration for the Native community on campus.

Students of Color Conference


The Students of Color Conference (SOCC) is one of the biggest conferences for college students in California. The free conference is hosted at a different University of California campus each year. Through a variety of workshops, speakers and activities, students of color can engage in dialogue with their peers across the state and build relationships. A Native American caucus, or space, is created at each conference to allow for the Native students of each UC to discuss issues on their campuses and to network.

The American Indian Recruitment (AIR) Program promotes higher education and success in academics among American Indian students. The program offers supplemental educational instruction through tutoring, mentoring and various activities designed to achieve success within high school and higher education. The program provides high school students an opportunity to adjust to campus and academic life before attending university.

The Inter-Tribal Collegiate Alliance (ICA) is a consortium of American Indian Student Associations or equivalent student groups in California. There is no hierarchy; everyone has equal voice and opportunity to get help with issues on your campus, advertising for events or even starting a new Native student organization.

“SOCC last year was held at UC Berkeley. Through SPACES I was able to attend as delegation leader. With about 900 students attending the conference, it was very rewarding to meet students of all nine UC campuses who share similar struggles and accomplishments as me. I recommend any UCSD student who is interested in learning about social justice, diversity and other related topics to apply for next year’s SOCC.” — Aileen Velarde, Class of 2016

Events Calendar Fall • • • • • • • •

AISES National Conference California Native American Day Celebration Kickoff National Indian Education Association Conference Native American Heritage Month Native American Student Research Symposium Native Community Welcome Dinner SACNAS National Conference Students of Color Conference

Winter • • •

Intertribal Collegiate Alliance Meeting Native American Film Festival Indigenous Studies Distinguished Speaker Series

Spring • • • • • •

NASA High School Conference CANA Day High School Art & Essay Contest Native American Graduation Gathering of Nations Triton Day Overnight Programs UCSD Annual Powwow


Peterson Hall To promote and honor Native culture, UCSD opened a photography exhibit in Peterson Hall, located at Marshall College, in the spring of 2014. The exhibit pays homage to the Kumeyaay, the native Californians and original locals of the land on which the UCSD campus stands. Peterson Hall is a prominent lecture hall and a wonderful place to enjoy a piece of Native history through the beauty of photography.

Faculty Spotlight Ross Frank's areas of research extend from Spanish villages and Indian pueblos in the upper Río Grande Valley, New Mexico, through the Great Plains, and to the Great Lakes–Eastern Woodlands regions. Much of his work focuses on comparative modes of cultural change among European and Native American groups during 17501850, a pivotal period in the history of greater North America (including Canada, the U.S., and Mexico). Professor Frank teaches courses on Indigenous epistemologies and Native American history and culture.

What is your advice for incoming students?

UCSD may seem impersonal to many undergraduates, and especially to Indian/Native American students. There are many places on campus to find friends, social space, academic support and even refuge: the Native American Student Alliance, Cross-Cultural Center and Native American Research Center for Health. To me, the most important action you can take to create a fulfilling and successful time at UCSD is to seek out and forge your own network of personal relationships that stimulate you and support you. 14

Ross Frank Associate Professor, Department of Ethnic Studies

Undergraduate Research

Staff Spotlight

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) helps American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians discover, pursue and sustain interest in STEM for their college careers and beyond. Provides programs, events, conferences, and scholarships. The CAMP Program in science, engineering and mathematics provides support and advancement opportunities to ethnically underrepresented students who are seeking bachelor’s degrees in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). The California Native American Research Center for Health (CA-NARCH) works to actively recruit and support students in STEM and health to increase the number of American Indian/Alaska Native scientists and health professionals. Provides academic guidance, mentorship, graduate school preparation and research networking. The Faculty Mentorship Program offers research experience to juniors and seniors of all majors who have a GPA of 2.7 or higher. Participate in a project with your research interests, receive four units of independent study credit and present at the Faculty Mentor Research Symposium at the conclusion of the program. The McNair Program provides low-income, first-generation undergraduate students and students from groups underrepresented in graduate education with effective preparation for doctoral study. Includes participation in Faculty Mentor Program, Summer Research Program and GRE/graduate school application assistance. The Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) encourages Chican@/Latin@ and Native American students to pursue graduate education and obtain the advanced degrees necessary for science research, leadership and teaching careers at all levels. UCSD students attend the SACNAS National Conference every year and many participate in poster presentations. Facebook: SACNAS chapter at UCSD The STARS Program is an eight-week summer research academy that offers an exciting opportunity for underrepresented students to gain research experience, attend a GRE prep course and graduate school prep workshops, and present research at UCSD Summer Research Conference. The Tribal Membership Initiative Fellowship awards a fellowship stipend of $20,000 per year to Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiian candidates for two years of graduate school at UC San Diego. Must have tribal ID, certificate of membership or other valid documentation.

Geneva Lofton-Fitzsimmons Student Program Coordinator CA-Native American Research Center for Health (NARCH) Lusieño from the La Jolla Band of Lusieño Indians, Northern San Diego Geneva has been working with Native American communities, families, and students for more than 40 years. She has served as a Tribal chairwoman and strives to preserve traditional values and advocate for Native American communities. As the program coordinator ofthe CA-NARCH Student Development Program, Geneva mentors Native American students who are interested in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Geneva has a keen understanding of the barriers Native American students face within the STEM fields and does everything she can to help students be successful while maintaining their connection to their tribe.

What is your advice for incoming students?

Participate in NASA—it offers a sense of community, friendship, activities, and a place to connect with students from similar backgrounds who can show you the ropes at UC San Diego. Find a mentor, who you can connect with, get to know the Native staff, faculty and alumni to build your own support network. Get connected with the San Diego area calendar of Native events, there is always something going on. There is tons of Native support at UCSD so always seek help when you need it.


Faculty Spotlight


The IDEA Student Center promotes Inclusion, Diversity, Excellence and Advancement among undergraduate and graduate students across the Jacobs School of Engineering. With a focus on outreach, recruitment, retention and research, the center supports the mission of the Jacobs School by fostering the growth of diverse innovative technology leaders for today's global society. Students use the center for: • tutoring, mentoring and academic preparation • the IDEA Scholars Program • career advice and job opportunities • access to 30+ student organizations • engineering outreach opportunities • new friendships and faculty connections • leadership development

Daphne Taylor-Garcia Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies

Daphne Taylor-Garcia’s research and teaching focuses on comparative colonialisms in the Americas; the coloniality of gender, sexuality, and being; visuality; existential phenomenology; cultural studies; and decolonial theory and politics. Currently, Daphne is writing on the embodiment of class, gender, and race. In particular, she examines the lived experience of living in housing projects, the

T r i ba lly-d i r ect ed R es ea rc h Pa rt n ers h i p P ro g r a m San Diego County is the geographical home of 19 Indian tribes, with additional tribal communities in southern Riverside County and across the Mexican border that are historically related to those in San Diego. Many of these tribes have found their tribal members—particularly their youth—caught up in the combined effects of extreme poverty, alcohol and substance abuse, domestic violence, lack of job skills, and low levels of education. Through UC San Diego's Center for Investigations of Health and Education Disparities, the Triballydirected Research Partnership Program (TRPP) 16

legacy of the sistema de castas in redefining the human, and the coloniality of gendered and sexualized

was created to research and project partnerships between the American Indian communities in the San Diego region and UCSD researchers, departments and programs.

discourses of continental difference.

Steeped in and informed by centuries of embodied knowledge, tribes and their members offer a kind of acumen that only they can bring to the table. The conversation between tribes and university will bring together the skills, strengths and research methods needed to meet the needs of tribal communities.

What is your advice for incoming students?

Feel free to email Daphne at

My advice to incoming students is to find like-minded friends and support each other in both achieving academic excellence and creating time and space for fun. The bonds you make now will likely last a lifetime.

community resources The Indian Human Resource Center promotes, fosters and develops self-sufficiency and self-determination within the Native American community, to address prejudice, discrimination and economic oppression, and to improve the quality of community life.

The Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association serves the health, welfare, safety, education, cultural, economic and employment needs of its tribal members and enrolled Indians in the San Diego County urban areas. The San Diego American Indian Health Center provides health services to Native Americans living in the San Diego area. All verified Native Americans are eligible for care regardless of residency or tribal affiliation.

The Southern California American Indian Resource Center provides educational and community services for Native American Indians in San Diego County. These services include both the Native urban and tribal communities of San Diego County. SCAIR provides a 24-hour crisis hotline and many other programs designed to heal and strengthen traditional family values and instill a sense of belonging to the American tribal community through cultural awareness and friendship. Follow the award-winning SCAIR Soaring Eagles of San Diego County cultural dance group, find local event and program info, Tribal Community profiles, art and library resources and community news.

Inter-Tribal Council of California A statewide association of more than 50 federally recognized tribes and Tribal organizations. ITCC advocates and implements policies, programs and projects to strengthen sovereignty and improve the health and wellbeing of California’s tribal communities. California Indian Legal Services Created by California Indian leaders and public interest attorneys, CILS has been one of the preeminent advocates for the rights of Native Americans and Indian Tribes for more than 40 years, providing specialized free or low-cost legal representation to Indians and Indian tribes. They have an office in Escondido.


Southern California Regional Native American Nations Barona Band of Mission Indians

Jamul Indian Village A Kumeyaay Nation

Pauma Band of Luise単o Indians

Cahuilla Band of Indians

La Jolla Band of Luise単o Indians

Rincon Band of Luise単o Indians lajollatribe

Campo Kumeyaay Nation

La Posta Band of Mission Indians

San Pasqual Band of Indians

Chemehuevi Indian Tribe

Los Coyotes Band of Indians

Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation

Ewiiaapaayp Band of Kumeyaay Indians

Manzanita Band of the Kumeyaay Nation

Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians

Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel

Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians

Inaja-Cosmit Band of Indians

Pala Band of Mission Indians


San Diego County American Indian Reservations



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