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Native nations are an integral part of today’s society, whether it be through everyday interactions or the names of places and landmarks. That cannot be more true for Tucson and the University of Arizona (UArizona). As part of a Bush Foundation initiative, working cross cultures and overcoming differences in the workplace, NNI created a workshop called “Native Know-How: Understanding How to Work & Partner with Native Nations,” for UArizona faculty and staff.
The session was an opportunity for participants to gain a better understanding of tribal governments, sovereign status of tribes, local Arizona tribes; and suggestions on how to build collaborative relationships. NNI also provided helpful resources to learn more beyond the session. Participants were challenged to consider these issues within their professional and personal interaction with Native peoples. Executive Director Joan Timeche (Hopi), Outreach Specialist/Senior Researcher Danielle Hiraldo (Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina), and Program Coordinator, Sr. Davida Delmar (Navajo Nation/Diné) presented the session.
The response was overwhelming.The first session on September 24, 2019 filled to capacity within a week—resulting in a waitlist of 20 people. NNI was pleased to see this response from the university since the UArizona is in a unique position to interact frequently with Native nations through everyday university education, recruitment, partnerships, and services. A second session on November 6th, was also well-attended and just as successful.Due to the continued interest and response, NNI will host two more sessions during spring 2020.
Training is part of the effort to overcome differences, build relationships, and gain trust. This shows a willingness to have worthy engagement and work effectively cross cultures.