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 is a GlobalGiving Leader!

GlobalGiving awarded NAAF its GG Rewards Leader status for 2016! NAAF’s partnership with GlobalGiving helped raise almost $2000 for our After School and Summer Adventure programs. We look forward to many productive years in the GlobalGiving community.

Guest Storyteller: Jaeney Manuel

My name is Jaeney Manuel and I am 16 years old and reside in the village of GuVo.  GuVo Community is one of 4 communities located in the GuVo District on the west of the Tohono O’odham Nation. GuVo District is one out of 11 districts that make up the

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




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!