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San Diego State University and the Climate Science Alliance co-lead CNNCTS with the guidance of the Tribal Working Group and involvement of our partners. Our network includes four Tribal governments, four universities, seven Tribal-serving non-profit organizations, and three federal agencies.

Meet the network below!

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Acjachemen Tongva Land Conservancy

Tribal-Serving Non-Profit Organizations

Based in Orange County, CA, the Acjachemen Tongva Land Conservancy (ATLC) is a collaborative effort between Acjachemen and Tongva descendants with a commitment to rematriating, safeguarding, and preserving their shared ancestral homelands.

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CSU Long Beach


CSULB is a large, urban, comprehensive university in the 23-campus California State University system.

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Climate Science Alliance

Tribal-Serving Non-Profit Organizations, Foundational Partners

The mission of the Climate Science Alliance is to safeguard natural and human communities in the face of a changing climate. ​We do this through leading activities and creating partnerships which increase awareness of climate change impacts, promote solutions, and facilitate action.

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Inter Tribal Long Term Recovery Foundation

Tribal-Serving Non-Profit Organizations

The Intertribal Long Term Recovery Foundation (ITLTRF) is dedicated to aiding American Indian individuals and tribal communities impacted by wildfires and other disasters, fostering recovery and resilience.

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La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians

Tribal Governments

The mission of the La Jolla Environmental Protection Office (EPO) is to safeguard public health and to restore, protect, and enhance the natural environment of the La Jolla Indian Reservation while promoting traditional values and enhancing tribal sovereignty.

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National Park Service

Federal Agency Partners

Since 1916, the National Park Service has been entrusted with the care of our national parks. With the help of volunteers and partners, we safeguard these special places and share their stories with more than 318 million visitors every year. But our work doesn't stop there.

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Native American Land Conservancy

Tribal-Serving Non-Profit Organizations

Founded in 1998, the Native American Land Conservancy is an intertribal nonprofit with a mission to acquire, preserve, and protect our sacred lands. It stewards nearly three thousand acres of land throughout what is now the southwestern United States and engages in advocacy and offers educational programs.

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Native Coast Action Network

Tribal-Serving Non-Profit Organizations

Our purpose is to preserve and revitalize coastal Native homelands and cultures by providing dynamic opportunities for building practical and traditional knowledge by empowering indigenous communities and their allies to work together through training and expert consultation.

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Pala Band of Mission Indians

Tribal Governments

The Pala Environmental Department is responsible for every aspect of environmental health on the Pala reservation. In addition to our water, air, and waste management programs, we also monitor and administer programs.

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Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians

Tribal Governments

The Pauma Band of Luiseño Indians and our ancestors have lived in the Pauma Valley and surrounding area since time immemorial. Our ancestors are buried here, we raise our children here, and this is where our future generations will continue to live and prosper.

Officially established in 1893, today our nearly 6,000-acre reservation encompasses only a small portion of our peoples’ traditional territory, which expands into Northern San Diego, Riverside and Orange Counties.

As is the case with all Native Americans; Euro-American contact, interaction and forced assimilation during the past two centuries brought immense changes to our land, people and way of life. Like our ancestors, we rely on the strength of our culture and our community to face the challenges of today and tomorrow. Triumphantly, we are still here, not merely surviving, but thriving in the same homeland of our ancestors.

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Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples

Tribal-Serving Non-Profit Organizations

Sacred Places Institute for Indigenous Peoples (SPI), based on the ancestral homelands of the Tongva people, aims to apply Indigenous knowledge to environmental justice policy and advocacy.

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San Diego State University

Foundational Partners, Universities

San Diego State University (SDSU) is a public research university in San Diego, California. Founded in 1897 as San Diego Normal School, it is the third-oldest university and southernmost in the 23-member California State University (CSU) system.

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Tipey Joa Native Warriors

Tribal-Serving Non-Profit Organizations

Tipey Joa Native Warriors is an international grass-roots organization whose mission is to promote health, cultural preservation, and social justice in Indigenous communities. Tipey Joa brings together various Indigenous communities, and encourages the outside community to participate in bringing health and wellness through various programs, which include but are not limited to youth empowerment, health, education, language, and cultural events. Tipey Joa works with Yuman groups that include the Kumeyaay nations.

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UC Riverside


The University of California Riverside is a public land-grant research university and one of 10 campuses in the University of California system. Its mission is to transform the lives of the diverse people of California, the nation, and the world through the discovery, communication, translation, application, and preservation of knowledge – thereby enriching the state’s economic, social, cultural, and environmental future. UCR administers 6 reserves as part of the UC Natural Reserves System whose mission it is to contribute to the understanding and wise stewardship of the Earth and its natural systems by supporting university-level teaching, research, and public service at protected natural areas throughout California.

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UC Santa Barbara


The University of California, Santa Barbara, is a public land-grant research university in Santa Barbara, California, United States. It is part of the University of California university system.

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US Fish and Wildlife Service

Federal Agency Partners

Working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

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USDA Forest Service

Federal Agency Partners

The USDA Forest Service is a federal agency under the U.S. Department of Agriculture that manages 193 million acres of land, roughly the size of Texas. They manage public lands in the form of national forests and grasslands, provide technical and financial assistance to state, private, and tribal forestry agencies and make up the largest forestry research organization in the world.

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Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians

Tribal Governments

The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians exercises sovereignty authority of their lands and recognized the importance of native plant propagation and food sovereignty to maintain culture and a sustainable food system for future generations.

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