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Spring 2015 International Advisory Council Meeting
The NNI International Advisory Council(IAC) convened its semiannual meeting in Tucson, AZ, on April 10-11, 2015, at the tribally owned Desert Diamond Casino & Hotel. Composed of elected leaders, scholars, administrators, and nonprofit and nongovernmental organization executives, the IAC provides counsel and advice to NNI's programs. The meeting included a visit to the Tohono O'odham Nation, where Tecolote (Kuk) Community Representative Kendall Jose of theChukut Kuk District provided a cultural history of the Nation and an overview of the district. Participating IAC members witnessed government in action by visiting the district's monthly meeting. District Chairman Verlon Jose accompanied the IAC to the district's San Miguel Gate located at the U.S./Mexico border and shared his experience with the complex issues of tribal sovereignty, safety, cultural preservation, and federal-tribal relationships associated with the international border.