The beach clean up was started up by the American Indian Student Alliance as a way to give back to the community while honoring the historical tribal gathering grounds for fishing and hunting. AISA, and any other ASNIC clubs who wish to participate, cleans the Yap-keehn-um beach of trash and any other litter once a year. The beach clean up was originally done at the end of the academic year, either the last weekend of June or the first week of May.
In the last year, AISA club members decided to change the date to be September as a way to alleviate end of the year stresses with finals. This change also made sense to make the beach clean up a team building activity and clean the beach after all the summer activities on the beach are done, thus eliminating litter from sitting on the beach over the winter.