Native American Community Council

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The Native American Community Council provides workforce development, student recruitment and retention, and research that are key to advancing mutually beneficial initiatives between sovereign tribal nations and the University of Arizona. Council members also serve as ambassadors supporting and advancing the UA’s strategic priorities.

We are committed to serving as a communications conduit between Southern Arizona’s Native American communities and the UA. We also value and welcome your input. Please email your questions, suggestions, or comments. 

Karen Francis-Begay, MA
Assistant Vice President for Tribal Relations


  • Establish sustainable mentorship and relationships for Native American students on and off campus through NASA
  • Increase cultural awareness across campus to support and sustain authentic and innovative partnerships and student services
  • Strengthen partnerships between tribal governments, enterprises, and communities

Council Members

Karen Francis-Begay
Assistant Vice President for Tribal Relations, University of Arizona


Jacob Bernal
Executive Director, Tucson Indian Center


Connie Greenberg
Educator and Advisor


Roxanne Begay-James
Director, Native American Student Services


Libby Francisco
Chief Operating Officer, Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterpris


Maggie George
President, Diné College


Herman Honanie
Chairman, Hopi Tribe


Melodie Lopez
Native Education Alliance Interim Director


Louis J. Manuel, Jr.
Chairman, Ak-Chin Indian Community


Chad Marchand
President, American Indian Alumni Club


Edna Morris
Superintendent, Baboquivari Unified School District


Austin Nunez
Chairman, San Xavier District


Terry Rambler
Chairman, San Carlos Apache Tribe


Marilynn Sando
Program Manager of Student Development, Desert Vista Campus, PCC


Mario Montes-Helu
Interim President, Tohono O’odham Community College


Peter Yucupicio
Chairman, Pascua Yaqui Tribe

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