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Welcome to the soft launch of our website! Let us introduce ourselves below. More details coming soon!!

Check out details on our 3rd Annual Gathering of Native Americans 2023 below!

Committed to Native & Indigenous Students and Community

About Us

‘ataaxum Pomwkaan means “For the People”.

Pronounced: "Ah-tAH-hoom pome-qwan"

Our work honors our Native grandparents who survived government sanctioned genocide so we may exist today.  Our obligation is to serve their grandchildren and their grandchildren’s children Our purpose driven mission is to provide community resources centered around healing and improved mental health for the continued survival of California’s Native and Indigenous peoples; their languages, customs, and histories. We are grateful to have you join in this journey with us.

Our Programs

Because we serve Native and Indigenous youth and families from 18+ reservations in the cities of San Diego and Riverside counties, our programming is diverse, intentional, and innovative.  Those cities include but are not limited to Valley Center, Warner Springs, Alpine, Temecula, and Hemet.

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  • Rez Beats Open Mic Nights

  • Traditional Games

  • California Indian Days, Indigenous Peoples Day, Native American History Month 

  • Dream The Impossible Conference

  • Tribal Education Alliance Youth Camp

  • Gathering of Native Americans (GONA)



  • Virtual Storytelling/Language

  • "Plants as Medicine" Workshops

  • Social Justice Trainings for youth, parents and community members

  • "Choo’on Noneshkinum: All My Relations" Cultural Humility Trainings

  • Guest Lectures & Speaking (USD, HighTech High, Lemon Grove Elementary, SDSU, UCSD, Torrey Pines State Park, Climate Action Campaign)

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Community Outreach

  • Local School Districts

  • Education Center Partnership

  • Buena Vista Audubon Society Wetland Restoration

  • Creation Story Book Project

  • California Indian Manpower Consortium's "Youth and Community Employment Program"

Upcoming Gathering of Native Americans 2023

 The team is excited to plan the 3rd Annual Gathering of Native Americans (GONA) ‘We Are Sacred’ event for our young people, ages 18 - 26 on August 10th - 13th, 2023 at Los Coyote Campground.  Camping supplies will be provided! This LGBTQIA2S+ friendly 4-day Gathering of Native Americans is structured around an evidenced-based cultural intervention curriculum developed in 1992.  The purpose of GONA is to provide space for young adults to address community-identified issues that are potential barriers to their healing process to strengthen their sense of self-identity through participation in Indigenous practices including cultural, spiritual, and physical activities!

If you are 18-26ish, sign up today! Spots are limited!

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If you are interested in facilitating a workshop, sponsoring or attending the planning meetings, sign up here!

Meet the Team

Thank you to our Fiscal Sponsor!

Community Action Service & Advocacy


Community Action Service & Advocacy

Our work would not be possible without the support of

The Sierra Health Foundation/Elevate Youth California*, The California Coastal Commission's WHALE TAIL Grant**, and our donors for sharing in our collective vision for healed youth and families.


* Elevate Youth California supports this project through Proposition 64 funds.The California Department of Health Care Services contracts The Center at
Sierra Health Foundation to support the implementation of this program.

* * "Funding for the California Coastal Commissions Whale Tail Grants program is made possible by sales of the WHALE TAIL® License Plate, donations to the Protect Our Coast and Oceans Fund on the California state tax return, and funds from the State of California."

Support Our Work In Creating a New Day!

We Appreciate Your Generosity!

If you would like to support our Indigenous, women lead, purpose-driven team who is on a mission to provide healing-centered resources, please concider donating.  The fact Native peoples are 1% of the population speaks to their sacredness. Our experienced team acknowledges and understands our communities' unique and specific needs and is fighting for justice and equity. We are strong advocates and are doing inclusive decolonizing and prevention work with Native & Indigenous youth and families across the county. These funds will help continue building our new non-profit, enabling us to expand and elevate the services we provide. Thank you for your commitment and contribution to this critical work!

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Make sure to select 'ataaxum Pomkwaan from the dropdown!

If you would like to mail a check, please: - make checks out to CASA  - put 'ataaxum Pomkwaan in the memo at the bottom of the check.  - Mail to:  Community Action Service & Advocacy/CASA, 7839 University Ave, Suite 107, La Mesa, CA 91942


Contact Us

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We are looking forward to connecting with you soon!!

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