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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 highlanderlink.ucr.edu.
- 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.
- Graduate American Indian Alliance (GAIA) - Provides support for American Indian Graduate Students and allies at UCR. This group is composed of graduate students who work in Native American and Indigenous Studies and are of many different fields such as History, Musicology, Business Administration, Ethnic Studies, English, Theater, Physics, Materials Science and Engineering, Education, and Dance.