Arizona Tri-Universities for Indian Education (ATUIE)


In the fall of 1999, the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation appeared before the Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) and announced its second $1.0 million gift to be shared equally among Arizona's three state universities. To ensure that American Indian students receive the support at each university, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation asked the presidents of Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, and the University of Arizona to designate a spokesperson on American Indian programs.  The university designees were charged to meet regularly to discuss challenges and opportunities in promoting student success.  With the encouragement by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, the Arizona Tri‐Universities for Indian Education (ATUIE) was officially formed on November 17, 2000.


To lead the nation in American Indian student recruitment, persistence and graduation; advocate and support American Indian leadership at the highest levels within the state universitiescolleges and tribal governments; and support integration of both academics and culture for the total well‐being of our students.


  • Karen Francis‐Begay, Assistant Vice Provost, Native American Initiatives, University of Arizona;
  • Levi Esquerra, Senior Vice President for Native American Advancement and Tribal Engagement, University of Arizona;
  • Bryan Brayboy, Special Advisor to the President on American Indian Affairs, Arizona State University;
  • Jacob Moore, Assistant Vice President, Tribal Relations, Arizona State University;
  • Ann Marie Chischilly, Esq. Vice President, Office of Native American Initiatives (ONAI);

Institution Members

A.T. Still University
Arizona State University
Diné College
Maricopa County Community Colleges
Navajo Technical College
Northern Arizona University
Pima Community College
San Carlos Apache College
The University of Arizona
Tohono O’odham Community College
University of New Mexico, Gallup Branch
Western New Mexico University

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