Arizona is home to 22 Native nations, many whom are major economic drivers. Panelists will provide an overview of Native nations including their socio-economic challenges, governmental form, authorities, laws, and economic environments. Representatives from two of Tucson’s indigenous communities, the Tohono O’odham Nation and the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, will also share suggestions for building effective inter-governmental relationships.
The panelists will present a case study on how the Indigenous Governance Program (and a proposed School of Indigenous Governance and Development that is still in the planning phase) at the University of Arizona was created to address a growing need for education related to Indigenous governance best practices among tribal nations in the U.S. and Indigenous communities around the world. To date, our program has reached over 350 participants from over 30 Native nations on 6 continents.
Included in the presentation will be information and stories about how these programs have helped tribes to strengthen their governance, rebuild their nations, and demonstrate sovereignty in action. Panelists to include Professors and Students that are a part of the program.
Joan Timeche is the Executive Director of the Native Nations Institute (NNI) at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, University of Arizona. A citizen of the Hopi Tribe from the village of Old Oraibi, she received a B.S. in social work and a Master of Business Administration from Northern Arizona University (NAU). Timeche joined NNI in 2001 as the Assistant Director and in 2009, became Executive Director. She previously served as the Program Director of NAU’s Center for American Indian Economic Development and as the Director of the Hopi Tribe’s Department of Education. She was instrumental in the establishment of the Arizona American Indian Tourism Association and the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association. Timeche currently serves on the board of directors for the Economic Development Authority for the Tohono O’odham Nation and the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. She has worked with tribal communities for more than 27 years combined in business and economic development and governance. Timeche is a master facilitator and her work at NNI emphasizes self-determination, governance, and development resources for Native nations as they strengthen their governance.