California Center for the Native Nations



Student Organizations at UCR

Native American Student Association (NASA)

The Native American Student Association (NASA) is a student-led organization that was founded at the University of California, Riverside, in 1975. It was founded by Native students who wanted a place to create a community of students with similar culture and traditions. The organization’s goals have been to organize and plan cultural events on campus including the annual Medicine Ways Conference and the annual UC Riverside Powwow. NASA has organized many other events and demonstrations to bring awareness to the Native American community on- and off-campus. NASA provides support for students' success, not only academically, but spiritually and socially. Membership is open to all undergraduate and graduate Students enrolled at UC Riverside. Native or Non-Native, everyone is welcome.

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American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)

AISES builds a community by bridging science and technology with traditional Native values. Through its educational programs, AISES provides opportunities for other academic arenas. The intention is to have students become technologically informed leaders within the Native community. AISES’s ultimate goal is to be a catalyst for the advancement of American Indians as they seek to become self-reliant and self-determined members of society. AISES Membership in the UCR Chapter is open to all enrolled undergraduate and graduate UCR students.

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Graduate American Indian Alliance (GAIA)

The Graduate American Indian Alliance (GAIA) is a group of Native American and Indigenous graduate students across many disciplines who are unified and focused on cultivating support for each other’s investigative work, academic success and professional development. It was officially recognized as a UCR student organization in 2019.

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Native American Honors Society (NAHS)

The purpose of the Native American Honor Society is to encourage, stimulate and maintain excellence in scholarship of Native American, Pacific Islander, and Alaskan Native members in all fields. Membership qualification is determined by GPA and members must be active members who volunteer at events in the community and campus which have been determined by the organization’s board. NAHS was founded in spring 2019 by Roseanne Rosenthal, a UCR student. Although geared towards Native American students, the organization is open to all UCR students who have met the GPA requirement for membership.

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Other Resources

California Indian Nations College (CINC)

California Indian Nations College (CINC) is a two-year college that was created by a Strategic Planning Committee along with more than 35 additional members from Southern California Indian Country. In September 2017, the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians chartered CINC. In 2018, they also provided the monetary support that would fund initial staffing. The first classes began in fall 2018. CINC aims to become the first fully accredited tribal college in California in many decades and has partnered up with College of the Desert for accreditation and to ensure that all classes are fully transferable.

Sherman Indian High School

Sherman Indian High School is a boarding school for Native American high school students located in Riverside, California. The students represent more than 76 tribes across the United States, coming from reservations and urban areas.

Native American Student Programs (NASP)

Native American Student Programs describes itself as a place where Native American students can unite and provides “a place of support, friendship, and belonging.” NASP is a great place to find resources for internships, on-campus and off-campus jobs, scholarships and events.