Native American Initiative
Welcome to the Native American Initiative page at Fresno State!
The Native American Initiative has been established to increase the number of Native American students enrolling and graduating at Fresno State. The following are essential components of the initiative:
- Reach out to Native American students through partnerships and collaborations with Rancherias, school districts, and tribal agencies serving Native American students.
- Develop and maintain support networks within the university and the Native American community.
- Create a place that fosters a welcoming and supportive environment where students feel they have a home away from home. It is a place for studying, programming, faculty, staff, student meetings, social engagement, and student community building.
- Promote and support events that bring Native American students and community to the campus.
- Provide student academic monitoring and advisement that includes an “early warning” system.
- Connect students with mentors (faculty, staff, and alumni)
The Native American Initiative will partner with tribes and tribal organizations to provide Native American students access to higher education through advocacy, outreach, assistance, and advising.
To foster attending college culture for Native American students and their families through providing access and promoting higher education by building and nurturing relationships with tribes, organizations and the community.
There are Native American cultural events happening throughout the year on and off campus. In April, we participate in the Fresno State Annual Pow Wow. During the month of November we participate in celebrating Native American Heritage month by planning various events, inviting several Native American speakers, and showing films.
Native American Youth Conference
The Native American Youth Conference has been held at CSU, Fresno since 2016. The one-day conference takes place in the month of September around California Native American Day with a target of 6th-12th grade Native American students. The conference will provide an opportunity for students to explore the pathways towards higher education, application admissions information, financial aid, cultural presentations, and campus resources. The event will take place at Fresno State at the Satellite Student Union. Stay tuned for 2020 updated dates.
How to get involved
Fresno State focuses on having a diverse campus, we offer a way for our Native American students to be involved in the community.
Neum Native American Student Association (NASA)
Neum NASA is a student organization open to all Indigenous and non-Indigenous students. They sponsor activities and host events to help raise awareness for a better understanding of the Native American community by promoting mutual respect among all people. Formerly First Nations, the club started in 1969 as the Tewaquachi American Indian Club. In 1983, Tewaquachi sponsored the first annual American Indian Heritage Week and Fresno State Pow Wow. These events helped promote Fresno as a focal point in the San Joaquin Valley for Native American people to unite and work together uplifting the culture and welfare of the Native American students and community. Today, the Native American Student Association carries on the tradition of hosting the annual Fresno State Pow Wow on our campus and actively seeks to raise the social consciousness by creating an environment of awareness and understanding of all Native American people.
To join Neum view their contact here: https://engage.fresnostate.edu/organization/neum-native-american-student-association
Native American Alumni Club
The Fresno State Native American Alumni Club became an official club of the Fresno State Alumni Association effective July 1st, 2014. The club’s primary purpose is to raise monies to establish and maintain an on-going scholarship endowment available for prospective Fresno State students of Native American origin. The club also provides on-going support and mentorship for current students, as well as advocates within Fresno State to ensure that Native American students have access to the resources necessary to successfully graduate from Fresno State. Current Native American students at Fresno State are encouraged to come to an alumni club meeting to share your ideas and network with Native American graduates currently working within a variety of industries and leadership roles. For more information visit their Facebook website: https://www.facebook.com/fresnostatenativealumni