Accessible Higher Education for Citizens of Native Nations

Community-Based Courses

TLCEE aims to bring relevant educational tools directly to tribal communities.  Our Community-Based Courses are created collaboratively between TLCEE and a given tribal community or organization, and take place in the communities they were crafted to serve.  Here are some examples of TLCEE Community-Based Courses:


Pimu (Catalina) Island Native Cultural Resource Practitioners' Training 

  • The goal of this training is to give Native cultural resource practitioners a practical, working knowledge of survey, excavation, and lab techniques enabling students to better understand how archaeology is practiced. Students will learn about federal and state laws and processes that apply to cultural resources in the public sector, such as the California Environmental Quality Act. Guest lecturers will offer experiences into the process and provide case studies from which to learn. The training is part of the ongoing Pimu Catalina Island Archaeological Project (PCIAP), which is working to assess and protect archaeological sites on Catalina Island.

Graduate Horizons 

  • As one of several institutional sponsors, TLCEE has collaborated with  Graduate Horizons to mentor over 90 Native students interested in applying to and attending professional or graduate school. The event is a four-day “crash course" for Native college students to meet with faculty, admission officers and deans from a host of graduate and professional schools representing hundreds of graduate disciplines.

Hopi Dispute Resolution Services

  • TLCEE worked with the  Nakwatsvewat Institute to train Hopi tribal members on basics of mediation.  The program seeks to empower indigenous communities by providing them with effective tools and resources to resolve family, property, governance, and other disputes, in a predictable, non-adversarial manner, while respecting community priorities and values.

Pimu (Catalina) Island Archaeology Field Project

  • In association with the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, this TLCEE community-course allowed participants to stay on Catalina island for five weeks while learning basic archaeological techniques.  Students contributed to an ongoing research project with direct involvement in excavation, survey, and laboratory duties on one of the most beautiful islands in the Pacific. Excavation took place at historic and prehistoric habitation sites to and lectures were given by local experts, California archaeologists, and several Tongva tribal members.  For more information, please visit the  Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA or contact  Dr. Wendy Teeter at 310-825-1864.

Emerging Indigenous Leadership Institute

  • In conjunction with the Indigenous Peoples' Council on Bio-colonialism (IPCB), TLCEE hosted the second annual Emerging Indigenous Leadership Institute  development program designed for young people from the Paiute, Shoshone, and Washoe areas in Northern Nevada. The goals of this five-part community-based class are to enhance leadership skills and potential; foster interpersonal, social, and cultural/spiritual development; and instill an attitude of social awareness and responsibility. For more information, please contact the  IPCB at (775) 574-0248.

Meeting of the Owens Valley Tribal Nations Monitors' Training Day

  • TLCEE hosted a series of community-based courses in conjunction with tribal communities from the Owens Valley in California.  The two-part course was designed by tribal cultural resource protection monitors throughout the Eastern Sierra and the Mojave Desert, with extensive input from tribal cultural resource professionals from throughout Owens Valley to help people understand what is required of tribal monitors – as well as what is not. 

Sharing Interpretations of California History Conference

  • In January 2006, TLCEE co-hosted a community-based course on a range of issues relating to cultural resource management, which took place at San Manuel. The conference brought city, county, state, and federal agencies together with tribal communities to determine better ways of communicating and appreciating different types of evidence. Panel topics included NAGPRA and other cultural resource legislation, SB-18, consultation, and the uses of scientific techniques to determine cultural affiliation.

American Indian Sovereignty: What Does that Mean to Me?

  • On March 10, 2007, TLCEE and the  Southern California Indian Center co-hosted a workshop on understanding tribal sovereignty, which took place at the Wilshire Blvd location of SCIC.  The workshop​ covered the legal history as well as contemporary practices of tribal sovereignty. 

Understanding Environmental Impact Reports: A Tribal Cultural Resource Management Planning Meeting

If your community is interested in hosting a community-based course, please contact us at or call 310-794-5216