Since 1966, CICD has designed and implemented innovative projects to meet fundamental American Indian community needs.
In 1966, Humboldt State University (HSU) established the Center for Indian Community Development (CICD) to provide services and outreach to American Indian communities in Indian Country on behalf of HSU.
CICD is a center for collaboration. For 45 years, CICD has facilitated partnerships between American Indian community members, Tribes, Indian organizations, governmental agencies representatives and University departments such as fisheries, teacher education, social work, nursing, history and economics. CICD support enables HSU faculty and Tribal clients to embark on exciting projects for mutual benefit. Frequently, the goals and needs within Tribal communities are intertwined with State and federal agencies and services such as public school districts, NOAA, the department of Agriculture and Caltrans. Native and non-Native students have spearheaded CICD projects such as the Tribal Constitution booklet, Tribal archives, graphic arts and book publications. The many students served by CICD over the decades have gone on to leadership roles in education, law, public agencies and Tribal and State governments.
CICD continues to dedicate its staff, materials, and resources to support projects, programs, and goals as defined by each American Indian community.CICD's primary services have included:
CICD's offices are on the ground floor of the Behavioral & Social Sciences building at Humboldt State University. HSU sits in the northwestern portion of Wiyot ancestral territory near the Mad River, one of four rivers running though Wiyot territory. The Wiyot ancestral territory encompasses Little River to Bear River to Chalk Mountain and on to Berry Summit. It includes the towns of McKinleyville, Blue Lake, Arcata, Eureka, Kneeland, Loleta, Fortuna, Ferndale, and Rohnerville. The three federally-recognized Wiyot Tribal governments located within these boundaries include: the Wiyot Tribe, Blue Lake Rancheria, and the Bear River Band of Rohnerville Rancheria— are located within these boundaries. (See a MAP in another window)