Circle of Indigenous Empowerment

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Circle of Indigenous Empowerment

The University of Arizona Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities is involved in many partnerships within and beyond the borders of Arizona focused on supporting—and empowering— Native persons with disabilities.

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 Talking Circles
Community Visits
Tribal Events

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 Information Services


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Technical Assistance
New Projects

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Issue #1 - March 2023  | Issue #2 - June 2023  |  Issue #3 - September 2023 Issue #4 - December 2023

Issue #5 - March 2024


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Monthly Webinar Series

Examining the history of disability within Native communities, present-day challenges, and the possible solutions to creating a more equitable and accessible future for Native people with disabilities. 

Attendees come away from the series with a greater understanding of: 

  • The history and culture of disability within Native communities 
  • The unique intersectionality of disability and Native populations 
  • The current challenges facing Native people with disabilities and some of the achievements around ensuring equitable access 
  • The culturally-based strategies and approaches that can help improve the quality of life for Native people with disabilities



Upcoming Events

Native Initiatives

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Native American Developmental Disabilities Needs Assessment

This report provides information about the availability of services and support for individuals with developmental disabilities (DD) and their families, the needs of DD tribal members and their families, and tribal members' familiarity and contact with the DD Network agencies.




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Woman with short brown hair, Treva Roanhorse, Elder Advisor

Man with glasses and long grey hair in a ponytail, Jim Warne, Affiliate


Woman with dark hair and glasses, Rosa Rojas Franco, Project Coordinator

Man with long brown hair in ponytail, Mateo TreeTop, Graphic Designer

Woman with long dark hair, Jacy Farkas, associate director, UCEDD director


If you have any questions about the Sonoran Center's Circle of Indigenous Empowerment, contact: 

Agnes Attakai, MPA
Native Initiatives Program Director


Funding was made possible in part by the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council through the Native Center for Disabilities project. The Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council is supported by the Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of a financial assistance award totaling $1,500,930 with 100 percent funding by ACL/HHS. Council efforts are those of the grantee and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by ACL/HHS, or the U.S. Government.  The views expressed in written materials or publications and by any speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the ADDPC or the Administration for Community Living, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.