Who We Are

In the Heart of Several Native Communities

UCR is located in the heart of several Native American communities. Local tribes include, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Augustine Band of Cahuilla Indians, Barona Band of Mission Indians, Cabazon Band of Mission Indians, Cahuilla Band of Indians, Campo Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, Chemehuevi Indian Tribe, Ewiiaapaayp Band of Kumeyaay Indians, Fort Mojave Indian Tribe, Inaja Indian Reservation, Jamul Indian Village, La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians, La Posta Indian Reservation, Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeño Indians, Manzanita Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, Mesa Grande Band of Mission Indians, Morongo Band of Mission Indians, Pala Band of Mission Indians, Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, Ramona Band of Cahuilla Indians, Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, San Pasqual Band of Kumeyaay Indians, Santa Rosa Band of Cahuilla Indians, Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel, Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, Torrez-Martinez Band of Desert Cahuilla Indians, Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians, Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians. Many Urban Indians also reside in the Inland Empire, representing a host of tribes from North America.


 

A University of Distinction and Diversity

UCR is located 50 miles east of Los Angeles in a remarkably rich Native American cultural area. It is one of the 10 universities within the prestigious University of California system, and is the fourth most diverse university in the nation.At UCR, you can have it all - world-class academics, faculty, research, resources, diversity, events, and proximity to desert, mountain and coastal destinations. Explore our inclusive campus community. No matter who you are or where you're from, you are welcome here. *(US News and World Report)

Connect with Our Community:

Ethnic Studies 4023B CHASS INT NORTH gerald.clarke@ucr.edu (951) 827-6427
Allison Hedge Coke Creative Writing 0121 ARTS allison.hedgecoke@ucr.edu (951) 827-5421
Rebecca Kugel Associate Professor of History 5504 HMNSS rebecca.kugel@ucr.edu (951) 827-1876
Wesley Leonard Ethnic Studies 4030 CHASS INT NORTH wesley.leonard@ucr.edu (951) 827-5659
Leanna Mojado UCR Extension, Program Representative 0331 UCR Extension Center lmojado@ucx.ucr.edu (951) 827-1637
Robert Perez Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies 4049 INTS perezr@ucr.edu (951) 827-1828
Michelle Raheja Assistant Professor of English PH.D 2006 HMNSS michelle.raheja@ucr.edu (951) 827-1799
Jonathan Ritter Assistant Professor of Music 139 Arts jonathan.ritter@ucr.edu (951) 827-6097
Jacqueline Shea Murphy Associate Professor of Dance 205 Arts jacqueline.sheamurphy@ucr.edu (951) 827-3988
Clifford Trafzer Professor of History and Graduate Adviser, and Costo Endowment Chair 7708 HMNSS clifford.trafzer@ucr.edu (951) 827-1974


Who We Are

 

Our Partners and Community

Discover even more ways to get involved! We have partners on and off campus that provide resources to help you succeed at UCR and beyond.

Join one (or more!) of these groups and get involved. Make new friends, celebrate your culture, gain valuable work and life experience, and help other American Indian students.

  • Native American Student Association (NASA) - NASA consists of students from many Native American communities throughout the United States, México, and Canada as well as students from other diverse backgrounds. These students are dedicated to establishing strong ties with neighboring Native American communities, and increasing the population of Native American Students at UCR. NASA provides a rich cultural environment in which Native American Students can prosper. NASP partners with NASA to co-sponsor activities throughout the school year. Email Joshua Little at nasaucr@gmail.com for more information.
  • Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) at UCR - Supports and promote the success of collegiate and professional Native American and Hispanic/Chicano scientists to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership. Find out more at sacnasatucr.org.
  • American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) - Provides support, programs, and educational services to ensure the success of American Indians in college and careers in engineering, science, and related fields. Members from more than 200 tribal nations are represented within AISES, and our UCR group networks with other AISES chapters. Find out more at aises.org.

 

Former students, graduates, and friends who support the purposes and goals of NASP are welcome in this association. Stay connected as a community and provide a supportive environment for Native American students. For more information, email joshuag@ucr.edu.
This association provides information about all ten of the University of California campuses to American Indian communities throughout the state. It also offers outreach services and opportunities for internships. Find out more at aicra.us.