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Nathan Levi Esquerra grew up in Parker, home of the Colorado River Indian Tribes, one of the 22 federally recognized sovereign Native American tribes in Arizona. He is a member of the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe, based in Havasu Lake, California, 40 miles north of Parker on the Colorado River. SVP Esquerra is the first Senior Vice President for Native American Advancement at the University of Arizona. He is passionate about improving Native American student success and promoting tribal interests.
 

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On September 23, 2020, the UArizona Native Nations Institute (NNI) led the Native Know-How workshop, sponsored by the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice (Haury Program). The webinar addressed UArizona leaders, scholars, and students, and the presenters provided attendees with tools and knowledge to understand cultural and governmental issues when working with Native Americans and tribal entities. I attended the workshop as both a staff member of the Haury Program and a graduate student at the University. 

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A Student’s Journey (ASJ) is an innovative educational program that aims to establish a clear path to help tribal college students transfer to the university. Daniel Sestiaga, Tohono O’odham Community College (TOCC), and Marti Lindsey, UArizona Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center (SWEHSC) conceived the program in 2018 with the idea of fulfilling a gap of representation while pursuing a streamlined approach to institutionalizing their work.