Octaviana Trujillo

Obama to Appoint Pascua Yaqui Member to Advisory Committee


President Barack Obama announced the appointment of eight individuals to his administration along with his intent to appoint Octaviana Trujillo as the newest member of the Joint Public Advisory Committee of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation on Tuesday, September 15.

Trujillo is a member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and is professor of Applied Indigenous Studies at Northern Arizona University – a position she has held since 2002. In 2011, she served as a Visiting Fellow at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany. Prior to her fellowship, Dr. Trujillo served as chair of the Department of Applied Indigenous Studies at NAU from 2002 – 2010. From 1997 – 2001 she was director of the Center for Indian Education at Arizona State University and from 1992 – 1996 she served as Tribal Council Member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe.

Dr. Trujillo was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Reading, Learning and Culture at the University of Arizona from 1991 to 1995, and Director of the American Indian Graduate Center from 1989 to 1991. She was the Tucson Unified School District’s Director of Native American Studies from 1985 to 1989. Dr. Trujillo received a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from Arizona State University.

In making his announcement, Obama said, “I am confident that these experienced and hardworking individuals will help us tackle the important challenges facing America, and I am grateful for their service.  I look forward to working with them.”

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