Below is a list of resources compiled together with our partners to learn more about the history of the area, including the Tohono O’odham, Pascua Yaqui, and local organizations. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list of all resources and local organizations led by or supporting Native American Tribes. Please use this as a resource to consider ways to go beyond a land acknowledgement and support the local Indigenous communities in the region. If you have a suggestion to add to the list or would like to provide feedback, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to the San Xavier Co-Op Farm and the Indigenous Resilience Center at the University of Arizona for hosting site visits and to EcoTruths for Indigenous Youth for hosting a workshop session during One Water Summit 2023.
Organizations and Initiatives to Consider Supporting:
- EcoTruths for Indigenous Youth
- Flowers & Bullets
- Indigenous Alliance Without Borders
- International Indian Treaty Council
- San Xavier Co-op Farm
- Tucson Native Youth Council: An official youth council of the United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) organization.
- University of Arizona: Native American Advancement, Initiatives & Research; Indigenous Resilience Center; Indigeponics; Indigenous Teacher Evaluation Project
To learn more about the history of the Pascua Yaqui and Tohono O’odham:
- Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona, Overviews on Member Tribes
- Arizona State Museum, video on the History of Land and Water in San Xavier
- Pascua Yaqui Tribe—Culture
- Tohono O’odham—History
- National Park Service, Native Peoples of the Sonoran Desert: The O’odham; The Yoeme
- University of Arizona Native American Advance, Initiatives & Research: Pascua Yaqui Tribe Community Profile; Tohono O’odham Community Profile
2023 One Water Summit | Land and Water Acknowledgement:
The US Water Alliance respectfully acknowledges that One Water Summit is taking place on the ancestral lands and territories of Indigenous peoples. For generations, Indigenous peoples and their lands have been displaced as result of genocide, colonization, and forced relocation. Today, Arizona is home to 22 federally recognized tribes, with Tucson being home to the O’odham and the Yaqui peoples.
We also acknowledge the waters of this area and their significance to the past, present, and future of all communities here. The Santa Cruz River, the Avra Valley Aquifer, and all water sources that make up the watersheds of this area are important to our collective future.
This acknowledgement is only a small step in honoring the land, the water, and the cultures that surround us. The US Water Alliance encourages attendees to read the list of suggested local or regional organizations to support as well as carry this acknowledgement throughout your time here at Summit and your ongoing work.