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Colin Denny, a research assistant in the College of Education, will perform a sign language interpretation of the song "America the Beautiful" during the Super Bowl pregame show on Sunday. The performance, he said, is an opportunity to show millions of people that North American Indian Sign Language, despite being centuries old, is still here.
Zepeda, who directs the university's American Indian Language Development Institute, was recognized as "one of the most compelling artists" in the nation for her poetry, written in O'odham and English.
From exploring the deepest corners of the universe to reimagining urban heat resilience, University of Arizona expertise in several disciplines generated international headlines in 2022.
Since it was established last year, the Indigenous Resilience Center has added to its roster experts who have long worked with and for Native American communities. University leaders hope tribes can guide the center's next moves.
Since its founding in 1999, the Native American Languages and Linguistics master's degree program has been training students in linguistics, language documentation and language revitalization.
At the second annual Tribal Leaders Summit, leaders of Arizona tribes met with President Robert C. Robbins and learned about health sciences research and programs that serve Native American communities.
The university has strengthened its commitment to the Native American community over the last year through efforts including the Native Scholars Grant program and Native FORGE.
The program will partner business owners and operators with a mentor and provide training and technical assistance over the next year to help their businesses grow.
The microcampus's initial curriculum will include the Indigenous Governance Program courses jointly offered by the James E. Rogers College of Law and Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management and Policy. Courses will begin in October, and leaders plan to expand course offerings in the future.
The university has received a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to establish Native FORGE, a new center to support economic growth in tribal communities in Arizona.