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

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

A Chance to Win a Ford Mustang Shelby GT350!

Jim Click Automotive is raffling off a 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350. All proceeds from our ticket sales go directly to NAAF, so buy your tickets today! For just $25 (or 5 tickets for $100) you can enter to win while helping raise funds for communities in need! To purchase


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.


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



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!