Accessible Higher  Education for Citizens of Native Nations

Mission and Objectives

The Tribal Learning Community & Educational Exchange (TLCEE) is an interdisciplinary, experiential education program that joins native peoples’ perspectives, knowledge, priorities, and visions for the future with the academic world at UCLA. TLCEE’s primary goal is to develop relevant courses and workshops for delivery to Native community members and UCLA students interested in American Indian Studies. Collaborating with Native community members and traditional knowledge bearers, TLCEE focuses on enhancing Native governance and cultural competence throughout Indian Country.

TLCEE implements its mission in three different settings. We offer a series of campus-based courses called Working in Tribal Communities, which is part of the UCLA American Indian Studies Interdepartmental Degree Program. The course series trains UCLA undergraduate, graduate, and law students to embark on projects with tribal communities and organizations. TLCEE also offers a curriculum of online classes with the opportunity for both a certificate and scholarships to community members across the country and the world. And for community members who would prefer not to move toward a degree or a certificate, TLCEE delivers community workshops on topics ranging from youth leadership development to theater to lay advocate training for tribal courts.


TLCEE provides students with opportunities to work directly with Tribal communities through partnerships with UCLA programs, inter-tribal organizations, and specific Native nations. TLCEE also offers a limited number of scholarships for local tribal community members to earn credit through UCLA Extension for working on projects in their own communities. If you are interested in having a UCLA student or a tribal community member located in the LA area work on a project with your community or organization, please review and complete the Tribal Community Partner form and send it to

Here is a link that have are examples of the projects our TLCEE students have worked on with our TLCEE Tribal Community Partners: Read More>

Director of TLCEE

TLCEE Director:  Dwight K. Lomayesva is the TLCEE
Contact Information:   
                                      Campus Phone:  (310) 794-5216