Community Partners that Support Costanoan Rumsen Activities
Cal Poly Pomona
California State Polytechnic University (aka Cal Poly Pomona) is a public polytechnic university located in Pomona, CA. Because of their near proximity, a strong relationship between Cal Poly Pomona and the Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe has existed since the 1970’s. Currently, Cal Poly students regularly offer weekly tutoring session for k-12 students at the Rumsen Tribal offices. Cal Poly staff and students have also helped develop the Ohlone Community Garden in Pomona, CA.
The mission of the Culture Conservancy, based on San Francisco, is to protect and restore indigenous cultures, empowering them in the direct application of their traditional knowledge and practices on their ancestral lands. The Culture Conservancy of San Francisco has been very supportive of Ohlone efforts in cultural revitalization and land reclamation over the last 10 years.
Literacy for Environmental Justice
Supporting CRCT's efforts to re-emerge in the Bay Area
The Maori Tribe is one of the Indigenous Tribes of New Zealand. Chief Cerda first met tribal representatives of the Maori Tribe at Indian Canyon eight years ago, forged a friendship, and haven’t looked back since. Last year, the tribe did a welcoming ceremony for the Maori Tribe when they came to San Francisco as a sign of the strong ties between them. Chief Cerda was later given a ceremonial axe by the Maori. This relationship highlights the importance of intercultural and international ties among the Indigenous peoples of the world.
The CRCT has been working with the Ohlone Profiles organization to support a re-emergence of Ohlone Peoples through ceremony, informationa events, collaboration with other Bay Area groups with a long range goal of creating an Ohlone Cultural Center in San Francisco.
Pitzer College is a private residential liberal arts college located in Claremont, California. There have been strong ties between Pitzer College and the Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe starting in the 1970’s. Today, the Tribe continues to enjoy a strong relationship with Pitzer College, regularly hosting Pitzer students at tribal drum circles and sweat lodges. The Community Engagement Center at Pitzer has been a strong supporter of the tribe, having created a youth mentoring group, helped with the tribal health initiative, among other projects. Pitzer Media Studies Professor Gina Lamb and students have been working with the Tribe for over 4 years documenting activities and assisting with website.
San Francisco Human Rights Commission
The Human Rights Commission of San Francisco has been a good ally in the last year and a half helping the CRCT with the proposed wellness center that will be based somewhere in San Francisco.
San Francisco World Music Festival
Tri-City Mental Health
Tri-City Mental Health is a public agency serving the diverse communities of Pomona, Claremont, and La Verne by providing an integrated system of care that ensures access and enhances mental and emotional health. Chief Cerda has been the delegate for the Native American community for Tri-City’s mental health wellness program for 4 years and counting. Tri City Mental Health has supported the Costanoan Rumsen Tribe by providing early intervention and prevention mental health wellness programs for tribal youth and members, as well as supporting tribal cultural activities.
Veterans Partnering with Communities
(operating out of the Fontana Veteran's Resource Center) partnering with the CRCT Tribe to connect veterans with local resources.
Western University of Health Sciences
The CRCT Tribe has worked together with Western U for the past five years to provide eye exams, glasses and diabetes screenings to CRCT Tribal members and associates at the CRCT Annual Big Time Gathering.
World Arts West - San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival