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 of Trustees:

Darrell Mike – Chair

Starley Dullien – Vice Chair

Robert Paull – Treasurer

Dineen Mike – Secretary

Gerald Clarke

Patricia A. Dixon

Thomas Dullien

Sandra Kewanhaptewa-Dixon


Our seal depicts the California mountains, sunrise, and sunset to remind us that each day begins and ends with the sun.  The cracks on both sides remind us of broken promises and treaties.  The turquoise bear in the center represents the California bear in our states flag.  The campfire in the belly of the bear correlates to the “lamp of learning,” and signifies the burning desire to learn.  The stars above the campfire represent all the California tribes, both recognized and unrecognized by State and Federal governments.  Our seal also represents the Native way of learning “under the stars” with grandfathers, grandmothers, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, extended family, and ancestors, along with the local Indian community.

Created by Ms. Natalie Miller (Paiute/Shoshone), mother of three.


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


California Indian Nations College (CINC) will not discriminate against any individual based on sensory, physical or mental abilities/disabilities, medical condition, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, national origin, ethnicity, religion, language, marital status, tribal affiliation and nontribal affiliation, socioeconomic status, veteran status, geographic region, and ancestry. The College expects staff, faculty, and students to treat each other with respect. CINC will not tolerate harassment or abusive treatment of any person for any reason. Verbal or physical conduct which is identified as harassment, intimidation, and/or creating a hostile work/ learning environment is against federal law and is a violation of college policy. The College expects employees who feel threatened or intimidated by students, faculty, or staff to report such behavior to the Human Resources Officer or Dean, which may be escalated on a case by case basis to the Vice President or President

The core mission of the College is to serve the interests of Native and nonNative students. CINC seeks to achieve diversity among its student bodies and among its employees. The College endeavors to ensure that people from all backgrounds, Native and nonNative, have access to California Indian Nations College. College admissions are open to students from all groups, and thus serves all parts of the community equitably to sustain a commitment to non discrimination