O'odham Ki:

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Pronounced AW-THAM-KEE, this phrase translates from the southwest tribes (Hopi and O'odham) languages as "The People's House." This community provides a welcoming, comfortable, and supportive living and learning environment for Native American students that affirms Native American cultural identity and emphasizes education, culture, empowerment, and community. 

Download the brochure to learn how UArizona strives to provide a positive academic and cultural college experience for all American Indian/Alaska Native students.

Benefits of the O'odham Ki: Community

  • Receive academic and personal support in the transition to the University of Arizona
  • Acknowledge the role Native American culture can play in your college success
  • Attend specialized workshops designed to develop academic and professional skills with other O’odham Ki: residents
  • Connect with Native American Student Affairs (NASA) for educational and social programming
  • Located in Yavapai

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Students living in the O’odham Ki: Wing, through collaboration with Native American Student Affairs will have the opportunity to engage in the larger Tucson Native American community. Some of these community resources include: 

Name Phone Address Website
Tucson Indian Center (520) 884-71319 7 E. Congress, Suite 101
Tucson, AZ 85701
Pascua Yaqui Tribe (520) 883-5000 747 S. Camino De Oeste
Tucson, AZ 85757
Indian Health Service (IHS) (520) 295-2405 7900 South J Stock Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85746
Tohono O’Odham Nation (520) 383-8700
(Membership Services)
P.O. Box 837
Sells, AZ 85634

How to Apply

  • Submit a housing application in My UAHome
  • Pay the non-refundable housing application fee
    • A fee deferment may be available under certain circumstances. Please contact Denise Morales (contact information below) for a form.
  • The community application process, inside your housing application, opens in January. Space is limited. 

NOTE: You must have a housing application on file to be considered this community

Application Criteria

To be considered for admission into the O’odham Ki: Community, you must meet the following-criteria:  

  • Answer all questions on the application. 
  • Have an interest in exploring Indigenous identity development. 

Participating in the O'odham Ki: Community

The O'odham Ki: Community is an engaging living environment where students have access to unique resources and programs designed to support their transition to college. It’s expected that students living in the community take advantage of the array of academically enriching activities offered to members of the community – space is limited, so sign up quickly!

For more information about living in this community, email housing@arizona.edu.

Contact Information

For more program information, contact:

Julian Juan
Interim Director, Native American Student Affairs (NASA)

Olene Smith
Graduate Assistant, Native American Student Affairs (NASA)