NATIVE Pipeline Program

Natives Aiming to Inspire Values in Education

The Natives Aiming to Inspire Values in Education (NATIVE) Pipeline program seeks to inspire Native American students to attend college and explore their academic potential. 
Across the country, Native Americans represent only 1 percent of undergraduate students. This can be for a number of reasons such as struggling to find role models, leave the reservation or connect with a support system. The NATIVE Pipeline alleviates all these concerns and more, giving students peer mentors, faculty mentors, opportunities to participate in cultural activities on campus and scholarships to help with housing and books. Through a partnership with the native American Student Center, the students also have a place on campus to call their own.

Now in its fifth year, the program currently has more than 100 students involved. 

“Once you get a taste of knowledge and the academic environment, it feels good and you want more.” 
— Fabian Pugal (Desert Cahuilla), second year student