California Tribal College


Academically-Rigorous Curricula Designed for Tribal Students 

The curriculum of California Tribal College will focus on the specific needs of tribal communities across California. Disciplines being considered include healthcare administration, business administration, management, Federal Indian Law, cultural and resource protection, and tribal governance.

California Tribal College is designed to help Native students pursue and achieve the education they need to succeed and assume the role of tribal leaders advancing the cultural and economic welfare of their individual communities.

Certificate Programs

Since 2015, California Tribal College has been offering certificate programs in courses of study of specific interest and value to Native students of all ages – from young tribal members to elders who are elected council members and chairs.

To date, six Certificate Programs in Tribal Leadership and Governance have been conducted with a curriculum including instruction in subjects like Federal Indian Law and Policy, Tribal Governance, and Native Culture and Preservation.

The response has been overwhelming. So far, 251 students from over 60 tribes have completed the weeklong program and earned certificates.


The Board of Regents has directed California Tribal College to work toward full accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of Community & Junior Colleges (ACCJC).