2016 Agenda

Indigenous Knowledge Gathering 2016

Tucson, Arizona – March 16th & March 17th 2016 

(Updates Forthcoming)

March 16th 

The Global Justice Center
225 East 26th Street


3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

“How do we relate to one another as diverse Indigenous peoples?”
with Members of Alianza Indígena Sin Fronteras

Member Participants:
Joe Garcia, Tohono O’odham
Dona Maria Garcia, Purepecha
Thalia Gomez, Yaqui
Patrisia Gonzales, Kickapoo
Tupak Enrique Huehuecoyotl, Tonatierra
Roberto Cintli Rodriguez, Macehual, Mexico
Chucho Ruiz, Calpolli Teoxicalli

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Traditional Tohono O’odham Singers
Nyona Smith and Rayland Smith
(Northern Traditional Pow Wow dancer)
with the Black Mountain Drum Group

Music by Shining Soul


March 17th

John A. Valenzuela Youth Center
1550 S. 6th Ave


9:00 am to 9:45 am
Gathering Welcome & Registration
9:45 am to 10:00 am
10:00am to Noon
The Tohono O’odham Experience:
Asserting Our Rights in the Borderland

In a time where rapid changes are made to the land, the least often consulted tend to be indigenous peoples who are affected most. In this panel/discussion group, we will address some of the most urgent issues in need of attention pertaining to Tohono O’odham land relating to border militarization. Tohono O'odham have existed on both sides of the so called U.S./Mexico border long before such boundaries ever existed. Topics include national security bills depriving Tohono O’odham of basic movement and human rights, the illegal occupation and construction of towers in the GuVo District on the Tohono O’odham Nation, cartel and border patrol occupation of Tohono O’odham land, and rising voices on the Tohono O’odham reservation speaking out against infringement of tribal sovereignty.

Facilitator: Nellie Jo David, Tohono O'odham,
University of Arizona

Featured Guests:
Michael Wilson, Tohono O'odham Humanitarian
Amy Juan, Tohono O'odham, Poet & Activist
Floyd Flores, Tohono O'odham
Matthew Angill, Tohono O'odham

Noon to 1:30 pm
Lunch & Vendors


Presentation on ‘Sacred Justice’ by Roberto Cintli Rodriguez, Macehual, Mexico

Free Lunch 

1:30pm to 3:30pm
Building Indigenous Lifeways 

This is an interactive session to invite participants to learn and to exchange stories about how we learn with and from the elements of the earth and spirit.  Local farmers, seed keepers, and native cooks will share their experiences.  We encourage participants to listen and share stories about life sources from the land, their power and resilience over the times. 

Facilitator: David Garcia, Tohono O'odham Elder

Indigenous Lifeway Guests:
Arlene Junhama Juarez, Tohono O’Odham
Rainbow Marie-Lopez, Tohono O'Odham
Jerry Honawa & Vernon Masayesva, Hopi Elders
Dennis Manuel & Ernesto Moristo, Tohono O’Odham


3:30 pm to 3:45pm


3:45pm to 5:30pm
Caring for Self and Community: Traditions Carried Forward

The purpose of this conversation is to invite a dialogue about how indigenous knowledge is nurturing community-based ways to find balance.  Participants will share their approaches, and the challenges of working with diverse communities.  

Facilitator: Patrisia Gonzales, Kickapoo, University of Arizona

Community Guests:
Muxeres sin Fronteras Collective, Tucson, AZ
Miguel Flores, Yaqui/Tohono O’odham Therapist
Pete Flores, Yaqui Spiritual Leader
Doña Olga Ruiz, Plant Keeper and Pajarera de Imuris, Sonora

5:30pm to 6:30pm
Closing Circle Blessing with
Donny Preston (Artist / Tohono O'odham)
Danza provided by Xochipill Centeotl