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The ARC Native American Resource Center is a physical campus space that supports Native American students in their lived experiences. During distance operations, the Center operates virtually to provide support and community.

Our vision consists of helping Native students maintain tribal lifeways, values, and practices in parallel with student goal attainment in colonial educational systems

To this end, the ARC Native American Resource Center:

  • Provides sanctuary space for citizens of tribal nations to feel protected and supported by a representative staff and faculty presence.
  • Provides a wide range of resource referrals specific to the unique legal and historical status of American Indian and Alaskan Native students.
  • Facilitates an environment where Native peer-to-peer connections and support can develop.
  • Builds capacity and leadership skills within the cohort of AI/AN students.
  • Connects to the broader community of American Indian individuals in this region and the tribal nations of this area.

The ARC Native American Resource Center works in close campus partnership with the ARC Office of Tribal Relations, ARC/SMUD mitigation funds programming, the ARC Native American Studies Library satellite space, the ARC NAGPRA process, and the campus Tribal Health Office satellite. The Center is the physical anchoring point for the learning community of 150 Native students taking classes in any discipline.


Program Coordinator: Jesus Valle
Phone: (916) 484-8253

Program SPA:
Fiona Pulskamp

Elder in Residence:
Diana Almendariz

Please email Prof. Jesus Valle for open hours or to schedule a tour.


Monday - Friday:
8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Summer Semester


Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge the land which we occupy today as the traditional home of the Nisenan, Maidu, and Miwok tribal nations. These sovereign people have been the caretakers of this land since time immemorial. Despite centuries of genocide and occupation the Nisenan, Maidu, and Miwok continue as vibrant and resilient tribes and bands, both Federally recognized and unrecognized. We take this opportunity to acknowledge the generations that have gone before as well as the present-day Nisenan, Maidu, and Miwok people.