California Tribal College


Beginning in 2009, an intense effort was undertaken to educate tribes and Native organizations of the need for a tribal college in California. Our mission is to promote greater access to higher education opportunities while striving to renew, teach and preserve tribal culture, history, policy and language. While we still have much to do, we have made significant strides.

  • Met with numerous tribes and tribal organizations to gather support and conducted several leadership workshops.
  • Met with several colleges to discuss partnerships, including UC Davis, Woodland Community College, Kaplan University, University of Phoenix, CSU San Marcos and DeVry University.
  • Began developing a certificate program and started working with CSU San Marcos on a  partnership for the certificate programs.
  • Met with consultants and organizations to develop a business plan, timeline, strategic plan and capital campaign for CTC.
  • Received 501(c)(3) nonprofit status.
  • Created bylaws.
  • Approved an interim Board of Regents.
  • Goldman Sachs donated $290,000 toward a feasibility study to determine the needs for the CTC.
  • Received a five-year commitment from Seven Post Investment for $150,000 toward the development of the CTC.
  • Successfully completed several fundraisers and received donations totaling more than half a million dollars.
  • Received more than 40 tribal resolutions and letters of support from tribal organizations and agencies.
  • Hired consultants to conduct the CTC feasibility study.

California Tribal College Funding

Sky Sponsors ($150,000 – $300,000)
Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation
Goldman Sachs & Co.
Seven Post Investment Office

Mountain Sponsors ($50,000 & up)

River Sponsors ($5,000 & up)
SNR Denton
Femouw Environmental Services
Kazhe Law Group
HMH Builders, Inc.
Ellen Kay Fleishhaker
RSM McGladrey, Inc.
Jasmine Caesar-Walker
Anonymous Donor
Rincon Band of Lusieño Indians
Spirit Rock Consulting, Inc
Ietan Consulting, LLC
Larsen Cazanis

Earth Sponsors
Bryce Caesar-Walker
Paula Yost
Guerard Design Office
Law Offices of William A. Falik
Tim Sullivan Engineering
Hydro Science Operations, Inc.
Lisa and Charles Wu
Buena Vista Rancheria – Tribal Council
Sandra McCandless
John Siracusa
Prestige Cleaners #201
Steve McSloy
Sanford Kingsley
Jeff Butler
Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians – Tribal Council
Della Warrior
Steve Sakurai
Maria Blume
Rincon Band of Luiseño Mission Indians
La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians
Northern Valley Indian Health, Inc.
Deborah Jones
Matt Adams
Sara Setshwaelo
Trelawney K. James-Reichert
Jess Laughlin
Howard and Rosemarie Brown
Kuhtz Diehl Insurance
Tiffany Adams
International Game Technology
Pomo Ridge Distribution, LLC
Linda Spencer
Betsy Marchand
Todd Gettleman
Dr. Barbara Lee Hamilton and Dr. Rafe Edward Trickey, Jr.