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Tribal Communities We Serve

The American Indian Studies Department at California State University San Marcos is dedicated to serving the needs of its Tribal Nations through place-based learning. As such our commitment to working with neighboring tribal communities is evident in CSUSM’s track record in implementing its Tribal Initiative to provide access to higher education and support for AIAN students in their journey through college.  There are 110 federally recognized tribes in the State of California, San Diego County alone is home to the most federally recognized American Indian tribes than any other county in the contiguous US with 18 Indian reservations and 17 tribal governments presiding over 4% of the county’s land base.

AIS Students in our Community

AIS 230 Students working on MMIWG project.AIS 230, AIS 370 and AIS 468 students working on project for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls.  The "silent witnesses" were donated to the Avellaka organization and to local families of MMIW. 

AIS 440 course visiting PanheAIS 440 students visiting the ancient Acjachemen Village known as Panhe at the San Mateo campground inside the San Onofre State Park.

AIS 348 students at La Jolla ReservationAIS 348 students visiting the La Jolla Indian Reservation.
Students at Solidarity FarmAIS 440 students visiting the Solidarity Farm on the Pauma Indian Reservation.
AIS 468AIS 468 students meeting with the Pechanga Development Corporation.
AIS 348 visiting the Cultural Resource Center at SycuanAIS 348 students at the Sycuan Cultural Resource Center with Jamie LaBrake.
AIS 348 san pasqualAIS 348 visits the San Pasqual Indian Reservation where students met with several members of Tribal Leadership.
AIS 348 students visiting ViejasAIS 348 students meeting with the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians Chairman, Anthony Pico.