Welcome to the University of Arizona Native American Advancement, Initiatives, and Research Web Portal
This site is a collaborative effort between three offices at the university dedicated to the advancement of Native faculty and students, and to the respectful and ethical research and engagement with Native nations.
We respectfully acknowledge the University of Arizona is on the land and territories of Indigenous peoples. Today, Arizona is home to 22 federally-recognized tribes, with Tucson being home to the O’odham and the Yaqui. Committed to diversity and inclusion, the University strives to build sustainable relationships with sovereign Native Nations and Indigenous communities through education offerings, partnerships, and community service.
Message from the President
Welcome to the University of Arizona! We are proud of our longstanding partnerships with Native Nations throughout Arizona, and we established the Office of Native American Advancement and Tribal Engagement (NAATE) as a central point of collaboration to improve and sustain service to tribal communities and Native students, faculty, staff, and graduates.
Arizona is home to 22 federally-recognized tribes, and Tucson, where our main campus is located, is home to the O’odham and the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. In this context, fulfilling our land-grant mission of service requires that we strive toward building relationships with Arizona’s Native Nations and tribal communities through education offerings, partnerships, and community service. We are committed to partnerships based on respect for the sovereignty of the tribes, and, through NAATE, we will establish a proactive, innovative, and transformational approach to all relationships with Native students, faculty, graduates, as well as their communities and families in Arizona and beyond.
Kicking Native People Off Their Land Is a Horrible Way to Save the Planet
University of Arizona Law Professor, Robert A. Williams, Jr., critiques conservation strategies that displace Indigenous peoples in a New York Times essay. He emphasizes Indigenous-led conservation as more effective, highlighting global examples.
Rockefeller Foundation Supports University of Arizona in Tribal Foodways Revitalization Effort
The Rockefeller Foundation commits a grant to support the University of Arizona for a project aimed at revitalizing tribal foodways in the Southwest by scaling up native, nutrient-dense, and climate-smart seeds, and promoting regenerative practices.
Empowering Indigenous Resilience: Rockefeller Foundation's Climate Strategy and Its Impact on Tribal Communities
The Rockefeller Foundation’s climate strategy will pave the way for inclusivity for those Indigenous Communities, who will be most negatively impacted by increasing climatic fluctuations, by providing them with a number of vital resources.
Māori Colleagues Visit IRes During Their Recent Attendance of an UA CARP meeting
In the last week of January, 2024 the UA AIR Climate Adaptation Research Program hosted a meeting with their partner institutions including visitors representing USAID, Stellenbosch University, Consejo Superior Universitario Centroamericano, Auckland University of Technology, and the FAPESP.
New Season of “Native Voices in STEM” Speaker Series is Starting on Tuesday, February 6th!
“Native Voices in STEM” is a professional seminar series that invites Native scientists, engineers, activists, community members and leaders to share their personal and professional journeys, along with their research and professional expertise, providing inspiration to the next generation of cha
WEST EJ Center Kicks Off by Presenting Services to Increase Environmental Justice for Historically Marginalized Communities
The WEST EJ Center brings together a diverse coalition with longstanding relationships and extensive expertise working with marginalized communities to overcome the barriers.
Call for Applications - 2024 Haury Native Pathways Graduate Research Awards Is Now Open!
The Haury Program is pleased to announce an open call for Native Pathways Graduate Research Award proposals to support the research of graduate students who bring knowledge and experience on matters relevant to Native American and Indigenous resilience.
Native Voices in STEM: Dr. Demetra Skaltsas - Unraveling Ecosystem Challenges: Investigating Pinyon Decline and Big Sagebrush Resiliency
Dr. Demetra N. Skaltsas is an Assistant Professor at the School of STEM, Diné College, specializing in ecosystem health at the microbiome level. With a background in systematics, taxonomy, and fungi research, she actively mentors undergraduate and graduate students in field and lab settings.
Native Voices in STEM: Dr. Deniss Martinez - Place Based Learning and Cultural Fire Practice in California
Deniss is a community engaged environmental justice scholar. Her research focuses on finding natural resource management strategies that support Tribal self-determination and governance.
Native Voices in STEM: Dr. Michael Kotutwa Johnson - Indigenous Ingenuity: A Path Forward
Dr. Johnson is a faculty member and Assistance Specialist within the School of Natural Resources and the Environment. His primary work is with the Indigenous Resilience Center. Michael is also a co-author on the Indigenous Chapter in the National Climate Assessment Five.