Sabestine Hernandez (Pascua Yaqui Tribe)


Sabestine Hernandez is a member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, where he has worked for the past 13 years in the education department with the entire spectrum of students, PreK-20. Most recently he was the Family Engagement Coordinator with the Ili Uusim Mahtawa’apo/ PYT Head Start, where he worked with families supporting them as they met their education and professional goals. He helped establish the Pascua Yaqui Youth Council, a council made up of youth aged 16-21, who engage their peers in civil responsibility, and tribal governance. He served as the Editor-in-Chief for the Yaqui Times from 2014 - 2018, a community newspaper with distribution across the country. The Yaqui Times reported on news and developments in Yaqui Communities in the US.He acted as an Executive Producer for a short documentary presenting the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and the implication for Native communities.

Sabestine received a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (2019) from Arizona State University and is in his final semester in the Learning Design and Technologies M.Ed. program with the Mary Lou Fulton Teacher College at Arizona State University.

Sabestine and his wife are raising seven children and they enjoy going to museums, bike rides, and Friday movie nights.