Native American Resources

Join our Wonoti Learning Community

The Native American Resource Room, located in the Cross Cultural Center (K-1) on our Rocklin Campus, offers a variety of programs, services and resources to support and create a community for students who identify as Native American.

In an effort to build camaraderie and promote your student success at Sierra College and beyond, we can help you get connected through academic enrichment, mentorship, clubs, activities, financial aid and much more.

About Our Wonoti Learning Community

Our Wonoti Learning Community, in partnership with RISE, is designed to increase retention, graduation, and transfer rates of students who identify as Native American. As part of the RISE community, you’ll have:

  • Your own RISE counselor, peer mentor and success coach
  • Exclusive access to the RISE Center
  • Priority class registration
  • Access to the laptop loan program
  • Opportunities to attend or participate in cultural activities and events

To learn more, contact our designated Wonoti Counselor, Dianna Tiger who is Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole, at (916) 660-7411 or by email at dtiger2@sierracollege.edu or RISE@sierracollege.edu.

Campus Club

Consider joining the Native American and Pacific Islander Club offered at the Rocklin Campus.

Native American-focused Classes

Consider registering for one or more of these class offerings at Sierra College to learn more about your Native American roots, including the people, history tribal nations, languages, and cultural, artistic and social practices.

ANTH 4 – Native Peoples of North America
ANTH 7 – Native Peoples of California
HIST 25 – Native American History
SSCI 41 – Introduction to Native American Studies
SSCI 45 – Native American Cultures and the Impact of Federal Policy
SSCI 10 – Introduction to Ethnic Studies
SSCI 50 – Ethnic Images in Film

Community Resources

There are several community resources for our Native American community in Sacramento and Placer County, which provide assistance for various needs.

Health Services, Advocacy and Prevention

Educational and Cultural Services

Temporary Assistance for Needy Families

Workforce Development

Meet Your Support Team

Designated Faculty for Native American Students

Dr. Melissa Leal is Esselen/Ohlone, teaches Social Sciences and Anthropology, and is the Tribal Liaison at Sierra College. Please reach out to her with any questions.
Email: mleal@sierracollege.edu

Dianna Tiger, Wonoti Coordinator, is Creek/Choctaw/Seminole and is also a counselor for the RISE Program, an academic support program for students attending college for the first time. Please reach out to her with any questions.
Email: dtiger2@sierracollege.edu

 

Native American Student Equity Workgroup Members

Dr. Matt Archer teaches Anthropology and is a member of the Native American Student Equity Workgroup. Please reach out to him with any questions.
Email: marcher@sierracollege.edu

Dr. Tamara Cheshire teaches Anthropology and is a member of the Native American Student Equity Workgroup. Please reach out to her with any questions.
Email: tcheshire1@sierracollege.edu

Ralph De Unamuno is Chicano, teaches History and is a member of the Native American Student Equity Workgroup. Please reach out to him with any questions.
Email: rdeunamuno@sierracollege.edu

 

Additional Student Support

Brenna Chapman teaches Art History. Please reach out to her with any questions about the Art Department.
Email: bchapman@sierracollege.edu
Phone: 916-660-8097

Mindee Purscell is a Northern Nevada Paiute and is available to assist you with any Financial Aid questions you may have, including scholarships, grants and loans.
Email: mpurscell@sierracollege.edu
916-660-7571

Flo Charlie is Samoan and co-leads the Guardian Scholars Program and NextUp Program, which provides services to current or former foster youth attending Sierra College. She is available to assist with any questions you may have about these programs.
Email: fcharlie@sierracollege.edu
Phone: 916-660-7465

 

Contact the Native American Resource Room

Rocklin Campus (Hoyok) K-1
Dr. Melissa Leal (Esselen/Ohlone)
Tribal Liaison
Phone: 916-660-7551
Email: mleal@sierracollege.edu