Our Mission

NAAF’s mission is to assist and promote research based, community driven, sustainable development throughout the Tohono O’odham Nation. To that end, we partner with various organizations to provide the necessary support needed
for the advancement of Native American communities.

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Native American Advancement

Strengthening Native American communities
by building brighter futures!

Recent News

Selina Jesus: NAAF Superhero

Among other strong positions, Selina Jesus has served as an elected official for the Gu Vo District Governing Council as Gu Vo Community Representative 2001-2005. Selina has been with NAAF since day one as our Education Program Coordinator. She is responsible for countless NAAF initiatives, helping as many people on the Natio

NAAF Sends T.O. Students to Biosphere 2 Science Academy

The Native American Advancement Foundation and Biosphere 2 recently sponsored two high school students to attend the 2015 Biosphere 2 Summer Science Academy (SSA). Students were chosen by school faculty for showing promise and dedication in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. Representing Tohono O’odham High School: Shane

NAAF Donation Helps Tohono O’odham High School

Below is a note we received from Mr. Beres, a great science teacher at Tohono O’odham High School: Dear Native American Advancement Foundation, I have GREAT news. My project has been completely funded thanks to your generosity…

Student finds success in NAAF’s GED Program

The classes were 4 days, 4 hours a day and provided transportation and paid for the test.   – Manuel Luz Congratulations to Manuel Luz (Gu-Vo District/Gu-Vo Community), who passed the new GED test in November 2014!  He attended class everyday and helped his fellow classmates with their math work. Manuel was a

Native Fitness Training Conference 2015

This January, NAAF staff member Genoveva Antone and Advisory Board Member Selina Jesus attended the American Indian Institute’s Native Fitness Training conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Eva and Selina will be bringing their training and knowledge back to NAAF’s Gu Vo Youth After School Program and the 2015 Gu Vo Summer Adventure program.


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.


Sponsored by NAAF & the Al Jek Recreation Center, the Summer Adventure Program kicked off June 8th! The program will run for 6 weeks. PICK UP SCHEDULE: GUVO – 9:15AM (Church & Mailboxes), PIA OIK – 9:45AM (Basketball Court). QUESTIONS: Contact Al Jek Recreation Center at (520) 362-3675 EXT. 0

Earth Day 2015

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

Thank You GlobalGiving Donors!

Thank you everyone for helping us raise $5,000 in less than two weeks through the GlobalGiving.org Open Challenge. We now have a permanent spot on this popular fundraising website!



These are our current projects: 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!