Tribal Liaison

Vision Statement

The Tribal Liaison envisions compassionate, thriving and resilient sovereign nations and communities, preserving Indigenous languages and cultural knowledge programs, advancing Indigenous educational pathways, and enhancing relations between university, tribal, and non-tribal communities.

Mission Statement

The Tribal Liaison is dedicated to foster collaborative partnerships, provide Kumeyaay education and recognition, and promote the well-being and success of Indigenous students, faculty, and alumni by nurturing a diverse and inclusive culturally-responsive and belonging environment.

Kumeyaay Tribes and Lands

San Diego County Tribes

  • There are 109 federally recognized tribes in California, and two of the nations largest American Indian populations reside in Los Angeles and San Diego.
  • San Diego State University is on Kumeyaay land.
  • San Diego County is the heart of 13 federally recognized Kumeyaay tribes and five that reside in Northern Baja California, Mexico. Also, there are six federally recognized Luiseño tribes and one unrecognized tribe located in San Diego and Riverside counties. These numbers do not reflect the state-recognized and non- recognized tribal groups who also live in the area today. 

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