Indigenous Peoples Advisory Council

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About Us

Established in 2001. IPAC serves as a liaison between Native American & Indigenous communities and Coconino County government through collaboration with elected leaders and community members. 

Roles & Services

The council reviews and makes recommendations to the board concerning existing and proposed city, county, state, federal, and tribal legislation affecting Native Americans. The council examines and assists in planning policies in the areas of employment, education, housing, health services, community services, the justice system, recreation, and land development as they affect or relate to Native American tribal members. The council promotes cultural and historical activities and events related to Native Americans and recommends and reports findings from studies regarding the current needs of Native Americans to the Board of Supervisors. It also hosts community forums to educate the community about Native American issues and concerns.

Meet Our Members!

  1. Chair Dr. Julie Roddy
  2. Vice-Chair Linda Curley
  3. Meg Kabotie Adakai
  4. Diana Cudeii
  5. Sharon Doctor
  6. Sarah Hunter
  7. Mike Luna
  8. Steven Smith
  9. Rose Toehe
  10. Cheyenne Grabiec

Dr. Juliette Roddy (Economist) is the James Wurgler, MD Chair of Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health within the Criminology and Criminal Justice Department at Northern Arizona University and a Northern Arizona Behavioral Health Authority Institute Transformational Fellow. Dr. Roddy has a history of offering her research and subject matter expertise to both large national institutions and small community organizations in support of evidence-based practices delivered in a cost-effective manner. She is currently funded by the NIH to study Native resilience among Arizona tribal members in recovery. Her research focus is on substance use, recovery, incarceration and re-entry and the role of housing in each of these areas. She is the Vice President of the Board of Directors of Native Americans for Community Action in Flagstaff. She also sits on the board of Flagstaff Shelter Services and serves as the Chair of the Indigenous Peoples’ Advisory Council for Coconino County. She is a member of the Flagstaff Police Department’s Citizen Liaison Committee.

Julie moved from Detroit, Michigan to Flagstaff in January 2020 with her dog, Maxine. Thus far, she and Max have enjoyed every moment of their new mountain home. Julie is Ojibwe, a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.


The council is composed of volunteer members appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Members must reside in Coconino County. Members should also have an interest in and knowledge of issues and concerns of importance to Indigenous Peoples and Native Americans residing in Coconino County. One does not need to be an Indigenous person or Native American to be a member. Member terms are 4 years and there is no term limit.

Interested? Apply to join IPAC today!


Areina Contreras, Diversity Coordinator or 928-679-0886


Meetings & Agendas (click to access)

  • 5:30pm pm on the second Thursday of each month
  • *Meetings are held virtually at this time*
  • Join on your computer or smart phone. Click the appropriate agenda in Agenda Center for the Zoom link and dial-in information. 
  • Date and location subject to change. Email to verify meeting before attending.


Click here for our most recent IPAC report


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