November is Native American Heritage Month, a time to reflect on our history as a Nation, our work at the University of Arizona, and celebrate the achievements and contributions of Native People.
In 2020, the Haury Program launched the Indigenous Resilience Initiative which aims to connect, support, and elevate UArizona Native and Indigenous voices, and to promote campus-wide and outside partner collaboration among UArizona people and programs that engage in education, research, outreach, and other work devoted to Native and Indigenous resilience. The Indigenous Resilience Initiative now represents the majority of Haury investments of funds and time as we strive to make a visible dent in profound resilience and justice problems facing Indigenous communities in the short run, while supporting a path toward permanent solutions to this and related resilience and justice problems going forward.
We, the Haury Program, want to acknowledge and thank our UArizona Indigenous staff, faculty and students as well as tribal and other partners for all the work they do every day on and off the campus both towards Indigenous resilience and creating safe spaces for Native American peoples at the UArizona. We also thank them for raising our awareness of Indigenous issues and ways of knowing and doing, and guiding us how to be the best allies we can be.
We know there is a long path towards environmental and social justice for Native American peoples ahead of us, but we are honored to be on it with you all.