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

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

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. The next three posts will paint a picture of our village

San Simon School Garden featured in Edible Baja Magazine!

NAAF is excited to share with you this article by Moses Thompson, about the wonderful San Simon School garden project. Click HERE to go to Edible Baja online and find out more about food sustainability on the Tohono O’odham Nation.

All Generations Attend Garden Groundbreaking Ceremony

The Community of Gu Vo and NAAF hosted a historic groundbreaking ceremony in Gu Vo on the morning of October 29th.  The garden, a joint project between Gu Vo Community, NAAF and the Arizona Foodcorps, is located at the Gu Vo Community Compound next to the Gu Vo District Office. The garden will be a

Halloween Costume Contest

NAAF’s After School program celebrated Halloween with a costume contest, and some real winners showed up! Funniest Costume: Rose Most Original Costume: Emily Scariest Costume: Dacia


Click here for the December 2016 After School Menus!

Here are the After School menus for the first half of December.  Hope everyone enjoys winter break, Happy Holidays! Al Jek Menu December 5-9 Gu Vo Menu December 5-9 Al Jek Menu December 12-16 Gu Vo Menu December 12-16

Click HERE for the November 2016 After School menus!

Click on the links below to view the weekly menus for our two After School Program locations. AL JEK Al Jek Menu Oct 31 to Nov 4 Al Jek Menu Nov 7 to Nov 12 Al Jek Menu Nov 14 to Nov 18 Al Jek Menu Nov 21 to Nov



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!