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Meet our Student Research Assistants



Hometown           Pala Reservation          

Tribal Affiliation Kuupangaxwichem/ Cupeno and Northern Ute      

Year on Campus Fourth Year          

Best Memory at CSUSM         Powwow Workshops

Kiara Flores | American Indian Studies

  • Bio
    Miyaxwe/ Hello, My name is Kiara Love Flores and I come to you from the Pala Indian Reservation in Southern California. I am Kuupangaxwichem/ Cupeno and Northern Ute. In my twenty years of life, I have been dancing since I’ve learned to walk. These styles include the Jingle Dress, Fancy Shawl, and Bird Dancing all taught to me by my Mother. Dancing has always had the biggest impact on my life and has led me to the path I am on now. I am soon to receive my Bachelors in Native Studies with a concentration in Arts & Humanities. Working closely with Native communities has always been a part of me, especially with bringing light to Native issues like Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, Native Education, and Native Erasure within education. Ichaam/ Thank You.
  • Favorite Spot on Campus
    SBSB 1118
  • Dream Job
    Working with Native communities.
  • Favorite Summer Activity
    The Powwow Trail

Student Worker Littledeer

Hometown                 Stilwell, Oklahoma

Tribal Affiliation          Cherokee 

Year on Campus         Third Year Transfer

Best Memory at CSUSM           Joining AISA and meeting all the students involved, and Storytime with Stan.

Justin Littledeer | Political Science, Minor- American Indian Studies


Hometown                  Pala Reservation

Tribal Affiliation           Pala Band of Mission Indians (Kuupangaxwichem)

Year on Campus         Sophomore

Best Memory at CSUSM                   Bowling with AISA

Lanise Luna | Biology

  • Bio

    My name is Lanise Luna, I am from the Pala Band of Mission Indians (Kuupangaxwichem). I am AISA’s social media person. I love all things ocean related and am always beading on my free time and recently turned it into my own business. 

  • Favorite Spot on Campus
    The CICSC
  • Dream Job
    Marine Biologist
  • Favorite Summer Activity
    Beading and Painting


Hometown           Hemet, CA

Year on Campus        Sophomore

Best Memory at CSUSM          Learning how to bead for the first time


Emely Morales | Literature & Writing Studies

  • Bio
    I am a first gen Mexican woman who prices herself in her creative spirit, open minded attitude, and love for learning.
  • Favorite Spot on Campus

    The trail by the gym because of the wild flowers and frogs in the spring.

  • Dream Job
    To be a writer and an English Professor
  • Favorite Summer Activity
    Hanging out with my friends and doing crafts.


Hometown             San Ysabel, CA

Tribal Affiliation Iipay Kumeyaay

Year on Campus       Junior

Best Memory at CSUSM                 Bowling with AISA

Aiden Valverde | American Indian Studies


Hometown Temecula, CA

Tribal Affiliation     Navajo

Year on Campus    First year

Best Memory at CSUSM              Visiting the nearby cat cafe

Alden Redhouse | Criminology and Justice

  • Bio
    Born in Albuquerque New Mexico in 2004, I am Alden or Shaandiin. I am apart of the Navajo Tribe on my father's side and became involved with the CICSC to learn more about my culture and to help out other Tribal Communities! I am currently a first-year student at CSUSM, and I intend to graduate in Spring 2027 with a major in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Despite my focus on university, I also have heavy priority on my flight school! I currently attend Flight School at French Valley Airport and plan to get my Private Pilot's License. I plan to become a Commercial Pilot with my degree at university and with my experience in flying. Outside of university and my flight school, I often spend time going out with friends, doing archery as a hobby, and writing. 
  • Favorite Spot on Campus
    Library or the CICSC
  • Dream Job
    Commercial Pilot
  • Favorite Summer Activity
    Visiting friends across the states


Hometown             La Jolla Reservation

Tribal Affiliation       Luiseno, Kumeyaay, Diné, and Oglala Lakota

Year on Campus    Fifth Year

Best Memory at CSUSM                Going to Knotts Scary Farm

Ethan Wolfe | Kinesiology 


Hometown  Murrieta, CA

Tribal Affiliation   Navajo

Year on Campus.   Fith, Senior Year

Best Memory at CSUSM            Starting up the Electrical Engineering Club and making friends with the members

Ian Anderson | Electrical Engineering


Hometown               Murrieta, CA

Tribal Affiliation   Navajo

Year on Campus    3rd Year Transfer Student

Best Memory at CSUSM           Joining AISA and making lots of friends!

Miah Anderson | Kineseology Movement Science

  • Bio

    Hello! My name is Miah Anderson and I am a 3rd year student who transferred to CSUSM fall 2023! I am a Kinesiology Movement Science major and I plan to be a physical therapist! In my free time I enjoy going to the gym, playing games, and hanging out with friends! I also enjoy crafts and watching movies or shows!

  • Favorite Spot on Campus
    The CICSC or the grassy area by SBSB.
  • Dream Job
    Physical Therapist!
  • Favorite Summer Activity
    Riding jetskis at Lake Powell!


Hometown           Downey, CA

Year on Campus     Fifth Year

Best Memory at CSUSM .         Meeting my roommates and becoming friends with them!

Katrina Tomas | Liberal Studies


Hometown     Banning, CA

Tribal Affiliation       Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

Year on Campus     Sophomore

Best Memory at CSUSM           Joining AISA

Canaan Tubby | Business


Hometown       Campo, CA

Tribal Affiliation       Kumeyaay

Year on Campus     Junior

Best Memory at CSUSM                   Bird dancing at the research symposium

Alexandra Valle | Kinesiology

  • Bio
    She is studying kinesiology in hopes to pursue a career in physical therapy, or to become a sports physician. She currently works as a research assistant for the American Indian Studies Department at CSU San Marcos. Alexandra is majorly involved within her community both in and outside of her academic life. She still partakes in traditional skills such as bird dancing, beading, and the hand game Peon.
  • Favorite Spot on Campus
    The CICSC
  • Dream Job
    Physical Therapist
  • Favorite Summer Activity
    Going to Gatherings



Hometown       Odessa, TX

Tribal Affiliation       Chiricahua Apache & Mexica

Year on Campus     4th Year

Best Memory at CSUSM                   Karaoke in the center with the other students, singing our heart out to Neon Moon.

Isaiah Chantaca | Social Science

  • Bio
    My family comes from all over the place! Born in Odessa, Texas, and raised in many places like North Carolina, Arizona, Michigan, and here in California. I am Chiricahua Apache, Mexica, and Mexican. I am the oldest of five and take care of my siblings whenever I am home. I love to cook, hang out at the beach, bead in
    my spare time, and listen to music.
  • Favorite Spot on Campus
  • Dream job
    Therapist with my own practice, including some animal therapy 
  • Favorite Summer Activity
    Going to the beach listening to the waves break and sleeping on the beach 


Hometown       Banning, CA

Tribal Affiliation       Morongo Indian Reservation & Torrez Martinez

Year on Campus      First Year

Best Memory at CSUSM                   Meeting all my friends in AISA and finding my community.

Jaylee Martin | Communications