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Tohono O'odham Nation - Office of the Chairman and Vice Chairwoman

Yesterday, U.S. Education Secretary Miguel Cardona and U.S. Congressman Raúl Grijalva met with Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris, Jr. and educators from the Tohono O’odham Community College (TOCC). Together, they toured the Tohono O’odham Community College campus on the Nation and held a roundtable conversation with students. Tohono O’odham Vice Chairwoman Wavalene Saunders, Legislative Council Vice Chairwoman Alberta Ray, Legislative Councilwoman Janice Felix, and Legislative Councilwoman Lucinda Allen also participated in the event.

Pictured: Education Secretary Miguel Cardona and U.S. Representative Raúl M. Grijalva with Tohono O'odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris, Jr and Vice Chairwoman Wavalene Saunders.

Pictured: Education Secretary Miguel Cardona and U.S. Representative Raúl M. Grijalva with Tohono O'odham Nation Chairman Ned Norris, Jr and Vice Chairwoman Wavalene Saunders.

Secretary Cardona’s visit highlights key education provisions of the Biden Administration’s American Families Plan to advance equity for indigenous people. This includes increased federal funding for tribal colleges and universities. The leaders discussed with students and educators about what more can be done to support tribal and community colleges while making them accessible and affordable to all.

“It was an honor to welcome Secretary Cardona and Congressman Grijalva to the Tohono O’odham Community College campus to learn about its student-centered experience. I also want to acknowledge the Tohono O’odham Community College educators and students who took time to meet with these leaders and share their perspectives. Tohono O’odham Community College, like other tribal colleges, serves as a vital pathway to higher education for students from the Nation and from all walks of life. The Tohono O’odham Nation is committed to working with the Biden Administration to improve funding and resources to strengthen this essential community institution,” said Chairman Norris.

Pictured: Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, U.S. Representative Raúl M. Grijalva  met with Tohono O’odham Community College educators and students during their visit to the campus.

Pictured: Education Secretary Miguel Cardona, U.S. Representative Raúl M. Grijalva met with Tohono O’odham Community College educators and students during their visit to the campus.

Tohono O’odham Community College is the southernmost tribal college in the United States. It provides quality two-year education enriched with the culture, language, and tradition of the Tohono O’odham Nation. Tohono O’odham Community College primarily serves Tohono O’odham tribal citizens, but anyone pursuing a higher education is welcome to attend. More information can be found at www.tocc.edu.

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