Archive for Yavapai-Apache Nation

GOVERNING BOARD IGNORES YAVAPAI-APACHE NATION REQUEST FOR CONSTRUCTIVE DIALOGUE & EXCHANGE OF IDEAS

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.

LTR TO GOVERNING BOARD MARCH 2017

 

 

YAVAPAI-APACHE NATION EXPLORING POSSIBLE NEW JUNIOR COLLEGE IN THE VERDE VALLEY

Currently in talks with Arizona State University about future of post-secondary education opportunities; MOU close to signing

The Yavapai-Apache Nation in the Verde Valley has begun exploratory discussions with Arizona State University, which may lead to the creation of a two-year Community College in the Valley.  Although in the preliminary stages, the Tribal Chair, Jane Russell-Winiecki, confirmed that talks about the future relationship were underway. 

It is anticipated that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will be executed shortly between ASU and the Nation. The MOU will include an assessment of the post-secondary educational needs of the Nation.  ASU is clearly interested in developing long-term relationship with the Nation.

YAVAPAI-APACHE NATION EXPRESSES CONCERN; HOPE FOR COOPERATION

Nation’s Chairwoman Addresses College Governing Board

The new Chair of the Yavapai-Apache Nation, Jane Russell-Winiecki, shared the Nation’s concerns about the direction of post-secondary education on the East side of Yavapai County at the March 7, 2017 Board meeting. She stressed her concern about the investment of large capital on the West side of the County while investing little in the East side.

She urged the Governing Board to meet with her and her Council to discuss the future of post-secondary education in the Verde Valley.  You may view her remarks below.


 

 

 

Yavapai-Apache Nation seeks closer ties with Colleg

Advisory Board seeks to strengthen Community College relationship with Yavapai-Apache Nation

The Verde Valley Advisory Committee to the College Governing Board has been reaching out to the communities in the Verde Valley asking for their views on how the College can best serve them. On Wednesday, February 4 the Committee met with the Yavapai-Apache Tribal Council at Tribal Headquarters in Camp Verde.

Yavapai-Apache Nation symbolThe Committee heard members of the Tribal Council ask that more Community College classes be offered in Camp Verde and at the Tribe’s Learning Center in Clarkdale. It also heard about issues of access to classes and the new transportation link between the reservations in Clarkdale and Camp Verde. The Council suggested that with the new transportation system in place there are more opportunities for getting its members to the College.