The California Indian Nations College (CINC) integrates Native American cultures, traditions, and languages in higher education.


The California Indian Nations College (CINC) offers a culturally-responsive academic curriculum rooted in Native American values and provides personalized support to advance the success of Native and non-Native students.


The California Indian Nations College (CINC) will empower students to advance Native American cultures, languages, and sovereignties to promote vibrant Native, local, and global communities.


  • Academic Freedom and Integrity
  • Community Responsibility and Reciprocity
  • Cultural Traditions and Healing
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Holistic Health and Well-Being
  • Intellectual Engagement and Growth

Non-Discrimination & Non-Harassment Statement

The California Indian Nations College (CINC) maintains a policy which prohibits the discrimination and harassment of one CINC member by another CINC member on any basis including, but not limited to, race, age, color, religion, sex, gender, pregnancy, marital status, national origin, tribal affiliation and non-tribal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical condition, veteran status, sexual orientation, and ancestry.


The California Indian Nations College began with a “strategic planning committee (CINC SPC)” comprised of over 35 members and is a coalition of constituents from the local Indian Community within the Southern California region. The CINC SPC supports a vision to establish a two-year accredited college with a curriculum that incorporates indigenous culture, native language revitalization along with the re-institutionalization of traditional Native American values.

With the support of the local indigenous community, Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians, College of the Desert, and the Native American educators who serve on the CINC SPC, CINC has become an integral part of an initiative supported by UC Riverside’s Chancellor Wilcox and the UCR Chancellor’s Native American Advisory Committee to create this college for all indigenous Nations in- and potentially outside the state of California. Given this high-level professional support, CINC will serve as a pipeline for future UCR students and all other desired universities with strong Native American studies and culture.

According to the American Indian Higher Education Consortium, there are currently 37 accredited Tribal Colleges within the United States of America, with most positioned in the North and Northwest; yet not one accredited Tribal College is located within the State of California. Thus, CINC, located in Southern California, will be a monumental establishment for the future of all indigenous people in the southwest region and beyond.

With this said and with the continued dedication of the CINC Strategic Planning Committee, the CINC Foundation Board, and with the support and partnership with Twenty-nine Palms of Mission Indians, College of the Desert and the University of California, Riverside, CINC offered the first semester of accredited courses in Fall 2018.

College Board:

Darrell Mike – President

Robert Paull – Treasurer

Dineen Mike – Secretary