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November 3, 2010
Joan Timeche Named "Woman of the Year"
Joan Timeche, executive director of the Native Nations Institute, has been named "Woman of the Year" by the Phoenix Indian Center.

Timeche will be honored at the 28th annual Native American Recognition Days awards banquet November 19, 2010, in Phoenix.

The Phoenix Indian Center -- a nonprofit organization that provides training and assistance for urban American Indians residing in Maricopa County -- presents its annual awards to individuals, businesses, and organizations who contribute to the advancement of Native peoples in central Arizona.


Timeche, a citizen of the Hopi Tribe from the village of Old Oraibi, received a B.S. in social work and an M.B.A. from Northern Arizona University.

She has spent her career focused on strategic economic development training and outreach programs.

She currently sits on the board of the Arizona American Indian Tourism Association, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, and the Economic Development Authority of the Tohono O'odham Nation.

She founded the Native American Youth Entrepreneur Camp, for which she and NNI received the 2006 Youth Entrepreneurship of the Year award by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development.

In 2009, she received the American Indian Business Leaders Advocate of the Year award for her work in promoting and cultivating Native American entrepreneurship.

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Awards Banquet

> Contact Joan Timeche: [email protected] or (520) 626-0664


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Faculty Offer Environmental Policy Seminars
Three Udall Center faculty members, each with joint appointments in UA academic units, will offer graduate-level, environmental policy seminars during the Spring 2011 semester.

The seminars are informed, in part, through the research projects conducted by these faculty members and other researchers at the Udall Center.

Laura Lopez-Hoffman
, assistant research professor of environmental policy at the Udall Center and assistant professor in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment, will be joint instructor (with George Ruyle and Gary Nabhan) for a seminar,
Ecosystem Services and Conservation Ranching (RAM 696a).

The course will examine the concept of "conservation ranching" and will look at collaborative efforts in Arizona to support landscapes, wildlife habitat, and ecosystems by maintaining working ranches.

> Course flier (pdf)

> Contact Laura Lopez-Hoffman:
[email protected] or (520) 626-4393

Christopher Scott, associate research professor of water resources policy at the Udall Center and associate professor in the School of Geography and Development, will lead the seminar, Adaptation and Resilience in Water Resources Systems (GEOG 696o).

The seminar will approach water resources decision-making by looking at the multiple factors that influence how water is used, how innovation and adaptation to change arise, and how resilience of water resources systems can be strengthened.

> Course flier (pdf)

> Contact Christopher Scott:
[email protected] or (520) 626-4393

Margaret Wilder, associate research professor of environmental policy at the Udall Center and associate professor in the Center for Latin American Studies and the School of Geography and Development, will teach the seminar, Political Ecology of Water and Environment in Latin America and the "Developing" World (GEOG 696i).

The course is a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding resource access by different people, the institutions and environmental conditions through which resource access is mediated, and the sorts of environmental changes that these systems may create.

> Contact Margaret Wilder: [email protected] or (520) 626-4393

(520) 626-4393

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Established in 1987, the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy sponsors policy-relevant, interdisciplinary research and forums that link scholarship and education with decision-making. The Center specializes in issues concerning: (1) environmental policy, primarily in the Southwest and U.S.-Mexico border region; (2) immigration policy of the United States; and (3) Indigenous nations policy.


The Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy (NNI), founded in 2001 by the Morris K. Udall Foundation (now Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation) and The University of Arizona and housed at the Udall Center, serves as a self-determination, governance, and development resource for Indigenous nations in the United States, Canada, and elsewhere.

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