Native American Advisory Council
The NAAC is one of six Community Diversity Advisory Councils developed to advise the University’s senior leadership on strategic issues and serve as ambassadors for the communities they represent. The NAAC was established in 2002 and convened under the leadership of Native American Student Affairs and the American Indian Studies Program. The NAAC is seated by elected officials of sovereign Tribal nations, Tribal college presidents, and advocates and business leaders from the region.
President, San Carlos Apache College
Native American Student Services, Tucson Unified School District
Jacob Bernal, Council Co-Chair
Executive Director, Tucson Indian Center
Executive Director of Education, Tohono O’odham Nation
Connie Greenberg, Council Co-Chair
Retired Educator (Secondary Education)
Native Education Alliance (NEA) Director
Chairman, San Xavier District, Tohono O’odham Nation
Dean of Student Services, Tohono O'odham Community College
Executive Director of Education, Pascua Yaqui Tribe
President, UA American Indian Alumni Club
President, Tohono O’odham Community College
Retired Educator (Community College)
On July 19th, 2018, The Native American Community Council developed and presented to The University of Arizona President, Dr. Robert C. Robbins, a formal resolution outlining the Council’s Strategic Plan Recommendations. The resolution was accepted and approved by the President.
The Recommendations stipulate the following:
1) Development of a University of Arizona Tribal Consultation Policy Plan of Action (TCPPA), aligned with the ABOR Tribal Consultation Policy and ratified by Arizona Tribal Nations, that will memorialize and guide an administrative commitment to a comprehensive implementation plan embraced by all colleges, departments, units and programs.
2) Development of a Tribal Nations’ Sovereignty Plaza on campus acknowledging the Arizona Tribal Nations; the tenets of tribal sovereignty and contributions of Tribal Nations and citizens to Arizona, education and The University of Arizona, and includes the long overdue recognition that The University of Arizona Tucson campus is located on the ancestral homelands of the Tohono O’odham.
3) Development of a University of Arizona Strategic Plan of Action that, capitalizing upon the unique cultural and tribal assets of Arizona, transforms The University of Arizona into a globally premier destination for Native American students, faculty, and staff; as well as a reliable partner for Tribal Nations’ interests and priorities.