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Nov. 10, 2020

Media Advisory: UArizona, Arizona Native American Leaders to Celebrate New Native Nations Flag Exhibit

  • What: Ceremony to celebrate the Arizona Native Nations Flag Exhibit
  • When: Thursday, Nov. 12, 3:15-4 p.m.
  • Where: University of Arizona BookStore at the Student Union Memorial Center, 1209 E. University Blvd.
  • RSVP: Space for media to attend in person is limited. Please RSVP to Kyle Mittan at
  • Online public broadcast: The event will also be broadcast live at

TUCSON, Ariz. – Amid Native American Heritage Month, the University of Arizona will hold a ceremony to celebrate a new on-campus display featuring the flags of all 22 Native Nations in Arizona.

The flags are displayed in the University of Arizona BookStore at the Student Union Memorial Center.

Speakers at the event will include:

  • Robert C. Robbins, University of Arizona president
  • Ned Norris Jr., Tohono O'odham Nation chairman
  • Peter Yucupicio, Pascua Yaqui Tribe chairman
  • Levi Esquerra, UArizona senior vice president for Native American advancement and tribal engagement
  • Karen Francis-Begay, UArizona assistant vice provost for Native American Initiatives
  • Jesse Navarro, governmental affairs assistant, Tohono O'odham Nation Executive Office
  • Jonathan Rios, UArizona graduate student and president of the American Indian Alumni of the University of Arizona
  • Mary Jo Tippeconnic Fox, research professor and social scientist, UArizona American Indian Studies Program
  • Benjamin Davis, UArizona undergraduate student and president of the Tohono O'odham Student Association
  • Alejandro Higuera, communications coordinator, Project FAMILIA in the College of Education

Media are invited to the event but will need to RSVP by emailing Only authorized media will be permitted to attend. Space is limited, and those unable to attend in person can view the livestream on YouTube.

There will be no questions taken during the ceremony, but media are invited to interview speakers outside the BookStore lobby after the event. Face coverings are required, and social distancing measures will be in place.

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Media contact:
Kyle Mittan
University Communications

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