Our Mission

Our mission is to assist and promote research based, community-driven, and sustainable development throughout the Tohono O'odham Nation in the areas of education, arts and culture, healthcare, housing, and economic development. To that end, we partner with various organizations to implement programs for the advancement of Native American communities.

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Native American Advancement

Strengthening Native American communities
by building brighter futures!

Recent News

Award for Wildcat Writers!


NAAF has learned that the University of Arizona recently awarded the The Wildcat Writers programs with the Peter W. Likins Inclusive Excellence Award for the 2016-2017 year.  This award celebrates programs that foster diversity and inclusive community.  Congratulations Brad Jacobson, Stephanie Troutman, and Amy Hea! We are thankful for your work with

NAAF’s Storyteller’s Blog – Memorable Places: Cemetery Mountain


A young man from our village recently graduated from high school and is attending college in New Mexico. With all of the obstacles to education in our remote village, high school graduation is a huge accomplishment and greatly celebrated. This post will paint a picture of our village and life

NAAF’s Storyteller’s Blog – Memorable Places: The Shrine


A young man from our village recently graduated from high school and is attending college in New Mexico. With all of the obstacles to education in our remote village, high school graduation is a huge accomplishment and greatly celebrated. This post will paint a picture of our village and life

Come sit on the Earth Bench!


On Sunday, February 12th, Healthy People Coalition and NAAF hosted a community project in Gu Vo District. NAAF students and community members joined together to build an earth bench at the Gu Vo Community Building. The bench framework is a sustainable, recycled construction of wood and “clean” litter – empty plastic bottle

Follow NAAF now on social media!


NAAF is all over social media, and we want you to follow our adventures! We’re using NAAFnow as our username and hashtag.   Facebook: Native American Advancement Foundation – NAAFnow @NativeAmericanAdvancement.org   Instagram: naafnow   Twitter: @NAAFnow

Events

Tohono O’odham Word of the Week #22!


This week’s word is: KE:LI KEH lee (Pronunciation) MAN This week’s phrase is: Sa:cu ‘o d ‘i:da?  (O’odham language) Sha chew o d ee- tha?  (Pronunciation) What is this?  (English Language) Brought to you by Selina Jesus, NAAF’s Director of Programs and Tribal Relations!

Tohono O’odham Word of the Week #21!


This week’s word is: JE:WED Jeh wut (Pronunciation) DIRT This week’s phrase is: P hebai ki:?  (O’odham language) P hu buy key?  (Pronunciation) Where do you live?  (English Language) Brought to you by Selina Jesus, NAAF’s Director of Programs and Tribal Relations!

Tohono O’odham Word of the Week #20!


This week’s word is: DU’AG THUU ahg (Pronunciation) MOUNTAIN This week’s phrase is: P’apt ‘o hi?  (O’odham language) Pah-pth o hee?  (Pronunciation) Where are you going?  (English Language) Brought to you by Selina Jesus, NAAF’s Director of Programs and Tribal Relations!

Tohono O’odham Word of the Week #19!


This week’s word is: TO:LO Tho Lo (Pronunciation) BULL This week’s phrase is: A:ni ‘ab cegig ________. (O’odham language) Ah knee ab che gig _________.  (Pronunciation) My name is _________.  (English Language) Brought to you by Selina Jesus, NAAF’s Director of Programs and Tribal Relations!

Tohono O’odham Word of the Week #18!


This week’s word is: ÑUWǏ NY oof (Pronunciation) BUZZARD This week’s phrase is: S-ke:g tas.  (O’odham language) Sk- heg thash.  (Pronunciation) Good day.  (English Language) Brought to you by Selina Jesus, NAAF’s Director of Programs and Tribal Relations!

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Welcome!


The Native American Advancement Foundation has been in existence since April, 2011.  We are proud to serve the Tohono O'odham Nation in the areas of education, arts and culture, health and wellness, housing, and economic development.  Our goal is to strengthen Native American communities by building brighter futures. Thanks for visiting our website and please write to us with any questions or comments!