The Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe (CRCT) of Ohlone People and Tribal Chairman Tony Cerda have partnered with the Claremont Colleges since 2008. The CRCT are the coastal peoples whose ancestral land spans the California coast from Big Sur to San Francisco. Due to forced migration in the late 1800’s many tribal members moved to southern California and today their Tribal offices are located in Downtown Pomona. The Tribe’s involvement with the Colleges includes, opening and sharing cultural programming at many College wide events, working with faculty and students on collaborative research projects in areas of public health, tribal recognition, Rumsen culture and language reclamation, documentary media projects, native plant uses and restoration, and have worked with faculty in fields of history, sociology, media studies, urban studies, environmental studies and linguistics. The Tribe was also involved with the founding of the Pitzer Native Youth to College Program and many of their young tribal members have been participants in this program over the years.
For more information about the Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe please visit their website (website produced in collaboration with Pitzer course Media Arts for Social Justice)