Our Mission

Our mission is to deliver research based, community driven, sustainable academic development throughout the Tohono O’odham Nation. 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

NAAF’s Storyteller’s Blog – The Chair


A Texas friend recently visited me at my home on the reservation. The visit was a new and surprisingly wonderful experience for her on many levels. It was entertaining as I watched her attempt decorating the outside of my house by propping up an old rusted ladder as a “focal”

I Am Born – NAAF’S Storyteller’s Blog


On July 4, 1776, the King of England reportedly wrote in his journal, “Nothing remarkable happened today.” I have often thought the same could be said for the day I was born. My grandmother always said that my uncle was born the night the stars were falling. I like to

Dave (1904 -1997) – NAAF’S Storyteller’s Blog


Dave 1904-1997  At the foot of the Ajo Mountains Near the old Tonuga Cave Lived a young Indian boy Whom the B.I.A. called Dave He’d play and make his mud toys Run around without any shoes Go on all the round ups No saddle, no boots to use  Raised by

My Turn to Tell a Story – NAAF’s Storyteller’s Blog


The first thing I remember wanting to be as a child was a storyteller. As children on the Reservation (The Rez, we call it), we grew up sitting around at night, either outside around a fire, or inside around a wood-burning stove or around a kerosene lamp, listening to the

Events

Summer Adventure is Coming


We look forward to seeing you in June/July for our 2016 Summer Adventure at the Al Jek Rec Center. Stay tuned for details!

Giving Tuesday!


Tuesday, December 1, 2015 charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. This December, a generous, anonymous donor has agreed to match the first $10,000 raised in the 48-hour period between December 1 and 2nd. We

Suns Game Halftime Performance!


Members of the Gu Vo Youth Leadership and NAAF’s After-School Program will preform Traditional Singing and Dancing during the Phoenix Suns halftime show, November 14, 2015. In related news, we are taking a field trip to see this amazing event first hand!

Gu-Vo Community Clean Up


Come and Join us to help clean up our community. Everyone is welcome. Cook out to follow at the Feast House. July 18, 2015 from 5am to 12pm. *Trashbags will be available if needed.

Earth Day 2015


NAAF supports the Tohono O’odham Nation’s proclamation that April 2015 will be a monthlong celebration of Earth Day. Proclamatio

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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, healthcare, 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!