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

Sharon Singer Doctor is originally from Kaibeto, Arizona (Navajo Nation). As a Navajo woman, Sharon is Bitterwater (maternal), born for the Edgewater clan (paternal), and maternal grandfather’s clan is Towering House and paternal grandfather’s is Manygoat. She is a three-time graduate from Northern Arizona University (NAU), having earned a master’s degree in Counseling with a Student Affairs emphasis and two baccalaureates (General Studies & Business Management).

Sharon has been employed at NAU for over 25 years and has worked for Upward Bound TRIO Program, The W. A. Franke College of Business’ Center for American Indian Economic Development, and is currently the Director, Student Life Experience with the Office of Indigenous Student Success (Division of Student Affairs).

Sharon serves as a collaborative leader to improve and enhance the university environment and support networks for Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students that contribute to their success. With staff support, Sharon develops, promotes and implements an array of educational, academic, cultural, social and financial programs and services for students. As a strategic member of the Student Affairs Division, Sharon contributes to and participates in specific retention initiatives and implements departmental goals consistent with the mission of the university.

Since 2002, Sharon is also involved within the Flagstaff community as an appointed member and current Chair of the Coconino County Indigenous Peoples Advisory Council (IPAC), which serves as a liaison between the Board of Supervisors and Indigenous constituents within Coconino County.

One of her pre-pandemic activities included international traveling to countries near and far (Canada, Japan, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Australia) and hopes to one day visit Portugal.



Membership

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!

Contact

Stephen Pelligrini, Senior Communications Manager

spelligrini@coconino.az.gov or 928-679-7137

Meetings

Meetings & Agendas (click to access)

  • 5:30pm pm on the fourth 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. Call (928) 679-7137 to verify meeting before attending.

Reports

Click here for our most recent IPAC report

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