The following story was written by Jared Massey, former Co-President of the National UNITY Council Executive Committee and current UNITY Program Support Assistant.
One week, ten students, two advisors, one huge charter bus, and the road less traveled.
Native American students and staff of Arizona State University traveled to the Hopi, Navajo, and Yavapai-Apache Nations of Arizona, in a weeklong tour that brings the university to the reservation. Arizona State University is currently the only university in the Nation to provide this type of outreach.
This is the sixth year that the Office of American Indian Initiatives has held its “Tribal Nations Tour.” The tour is designed to reach communities that have a high population of Native American students, to interact with tribal members, encourage higher education and wellness, and conduct community service projects.
One cannot fully comprehend the importance of education, for education is a tool that’ll bring prosperity to our people. The teachings I’ve learn through the Tribal Nations Tour have given me the encouragement to continue my education, with every school visited came a new perspective and motivation.