Tribal Professional Cohort

Each year, full funding for three January In Tucson courses is offered to a small group of tribal professionals (10 or fewer) living and working in Arizona. This carefully selected Tribal Professionals Cohort is interested in educating themselves on how to strengthen tribal governments and tribal governance.


Valerie Melendez (Northern Paiute, Reno-Sparks Indian Colony), Tribal Economic Development Director, Northern Nevada Development Authority

Nicole Charley (Confederated Tribe of Warm Springs), Admin. Assistant, Fish Management, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission

Carmenlita Chief (Navajo Nation), Research Specialist, University of Arizona

Mikhail Sundust (Akimel O’otham, Pee Posh), Reporter, Gila River Indian Community

Juanita Francis (Navajo Nation), Faculty Member, Dine College

Rachel Hood (Yavapai-Apache Nation), Councilwoman, Yavapai-Apache Nation


Eleanor YellowRobe (White Clay Gros Ventre), President, Native Assets Accounting

Wayne Martin (Tohono O'odham/Navajo), Vice Chairman for Pisinemo District, Tohono O'odham Nation

Rosa Long (Cocopah Indian Tribe), Councilwoman, Cocopah Indian Tribe

Adrian Dotson (Navajo) Outreach Specialist for ETD, Inc., and Media Relations Partner for Rez Media

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