Northern Arizona University provides an excellent environment for both students and professors to embrace Native American culture.
Arizona University has been able to do something that no other university did.
I am the first Navajo to receive a PhD in history," says alumna Jennifer Denetdale.
Navajo word, táá hó'jit'éégóó, that means 'It's up to you.' Your path is determined
by the choices you make," says alumna Regina Eddie, who is also an
assistant clinical professor in the School of Nursing.
the head on the rhamnolipid project—I started on it as a freshman. The project
looks at how biosurfactants can be used to clean up uranium in the soil,” says
student researcher Ciarra Greene.
George Gumerman, professor of anthropology and director of the Northern Arizona
University Honors Program, took the role of principal investigator of the Footprints of the Ancestors project, his goal was to help connect Hopi youth to the traditions,
language, and culture of their tribe.
songs, like our languages, are central to who we are as Native people,” says
Chad Hamill, Co-Chair of the Commission for Native Americans and assistant
professor of ethnomusicology in the School of Music.
Jani Ingram strives to find solutions to cancer disparities among Native
Americans while teaching the next generation of researchers who can, in turn,
boost the health of their home communities.
R. Carlos Nakai
Arizona University alumnus and Grammy-nominated recording artist R. Carlos Nakai has reached heights that few musicians ever see. He is credited by music
industry observers as being a major force in popularizing Native American music
among a wider audience.
was always mindful of the fact that the Yavapai-Apache Nation put me through
college all these years, so I wanted to go back and work for them,” says
alumnus Rick Preston, who is the executive director of the Yavapai-Apache
Tribal Housing Program.
need a way to help patients and family members navigate treatment options in
their first language, whether it's Navajo or English," says Priscilla Sanderson, who is an assistant professor in health sciences and Applied
the diabetes coordinator and educator at Native Americans for Community Action
(NACA), a Flagstaff-based community health clinic, alumnus Benjamin Scharfenberger faces daily challenges head on.
of my goals when I came here was to make the College of Health and Human
Services the premier institution for educating Native American health
professionals. It's been a focus of my work for a long time,"
says Leslie Schulz, executive dean of the College of Health and Human Services.
proud to represent my people and my heritage, and think that this is not a
sport a lot of Natives have really been able to flourish in as participants or
in the coaching field, so I'm excited I've been able to contribute,” says head
football coach Jerome Souers.
Monica Yellowhair has dedicated her academic career and nearly 12 years of
research to help the people from her northern Arizona community who may have
suffered DNA damage from uranium exposure.