Education

Native American Students Feel Invisible. A New SoCal College Hopes To Change That

(R to L) Afton Johnson, Victoria Chubb, and Rebecca Waters took a business class at California Indian Nations College. They are members of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians.
(R to L) Afton Johnson, Victoria Chubb, and Rebecca Waters took a business class at California Indian Nations College. They are members of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians.
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California Indian Nations College, in Palm Desert, doubled its enrollment this fall after word of mouth spread that a new college employed Native faculty, infused classes with Native topics, and enrolled mostly Native Americans. It comes at a time when advocates say the Native American higher education pipeline is broken and many California Indian reservations are going through fast expansion.