No action seven months after request to Governing Board that it begin a constructive dialogue and exchange of ideas with the Nation
On March 7, 2017, the Yavapai-Apache Nation appeared before the Yavapai College District Governing Board and orally requested that it begin a constructive dialogue and exchange of ideas with the Nation about the plans and objectives of Yavapai College and the extent to which these plans and objectives include meeting the growing needs of our Verde Valley communities. The nation explained that:
“We believe this matter is of the utmost urgency because the capital investment program of the College, as approved by the Board, is moving ahead without a proper level of consideration for the needs of Verde Valley communities, including those of the Yavapai-Apache Nation.”
Despite the urgent nature of the request from the Nation, the Governing Board has not held a single meeting with the Nation in seven months. Based on interviews with officials of the Nation, it can only be concluded that it has been almost totally ignored.
One College official who was interviewed stated he believed that executive Dean Perry and Linda Buchanan met on one occasion with a representative of the Nation. However, the specific request for a Board meeting and development of an ongoing dialogue between the Nation and the Board has been completely ignored. The Governing Board agendas following the March 2017 request to the Board by the Nation have not mentioned the Yavapai-Apache Nation.
A copy of the Nation’s letter delivered to each member of the Governing Board asking for development of a constructive dialogue and sharing of constructive ideas can be read in its entirety by clicking on the link below.