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
520-626-9809
kfbegay@email.arizona.edu

Initiatives:

  • 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
Facilitator
Assistant Vice President for Tribal Relations, University of Arizona

 

Jacob Bernal
Co-Chair
Executive Director, Tucson Indian Center

 

Connie Greenberg
Co-Chair
Educator and Advisor

 

Roxanne Begay-James
Director, Native American Student Services
TUSD

 

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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