Our Partners and Our Campus

UC Riverside Campus

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 one of the most diverse universities 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.

In the Heart of Several Native Communities

UCR is located in the heart of several Native American communities. Local tribes include Acjachemen, 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, Colorado Indian Tribes, Chemehuevi Indian Tribe, Chumash, Ewiiaapaayp Band of Kumeyaay Indians, Fort Mojave Indian Tribe, Inaja Indian Reservation, Jamul Indian Village, Laguna Band of Kwaaymii Indians, 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, Tataviam, Tongva, Torrez-Martinez Band of Desert Cahuilla Indians, Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians, Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, Quechan. Many Urban Indians also reside in the Inland Empire, representing a host of tribes from North America.

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.

  • NASP Student Organizations

    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 Kat Warren at 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

    • 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


    • 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.


    • Native American Honors Society (NAHS)- The purpose of the Native American Honor Society shall be to encourage, stimulate, and maintain excellence in scholarship of Native American, Pacific Islander, and Alaskan Native individual members in all fields. Members will be selected on the basis of GPA and must volunteer and be an active member.
  • American Indian Alumni Association

    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

  • American Indian Counselors and Recruiters Association (AICRA)

    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 on the association's Facebook page.

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NASP Partners and Community