Technical Assistance Projects

The University of Arizona has a long history of providing technical assistance to Native American communities across the country.  In 2018, more than $3.4 million in active grants funded this work.  

Trent Teegerstrom is the Associate Director of the Tribal Extension Program and an Extension Specialist with the Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics. In 2018, Mr. Teegerstrom was involved in more than 18 active projects totaling more than $2.6 million for tribal extension work with Hualapai Nation, Navajo Nation, San Carlos Apache Tribe, Colorado River Indian Tribes, Hopi Tribe, and Tohono O’odham Nation. Mr. Teegerstrom’s work in Indian country focuses on agricultural production economics, food security, and risk management education. For more information on the University of Arizona's Cooperative Extension, see

Housed in the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, the Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy (NNI) was founded in 2001 as a "nation building" resource for Native nations. According to NNI, "Nation building refers to efforts Native nations make to increase their capacities for self-rule and for self-determined, sustainable community and economic development." In 2018, NNI conducted nation building workshops all over the country.  For more on NNI, see