Indigenous Peoples Advisory Council
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!
- Chair Sharon Doctor
- Vice-Chair Diana Cudeii
- Meg Kabotie Adakai
- Linda Curley
- Sarah Hunter
- Mike Luna
- Dr. Juliet Roddy
- Steven Smith
- 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.
Diana Cudeii is the Vice-Chair of the Indigenous Peoples Advisory Council. She is a member of the Dine’ Nation and is Maa’iideeshgiizhnii, born for Oozei Tachii’nii. Her Paternal grandfather was Ashii’hi from Gadii’ahi (Cudeii), NM and Maternal grandfather was Tachii’nii from Cove, AZ. Diana was born and raised in Shiprock, NM.
Diana attended Dine’ College, the University of New Mexico, the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Coconino Community College, and Northern Arizona University. She has lived and/or worked in New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, Colorado, North Dakota, and Minnesota.
Diana’s profession has been in the oral health field where she has worked with city, county, tribal, state and federal departments as a clinician, educator, researcher, liaison, and consultant. She has lived in Flagstaff for about 20 years and has been a volunteer member of IPAC for about 14 years. She is also on the City of Flagstaff - Indigenous Commission. Diana, outside of her semi-retired work, enjoys trail running, reading, road trips, camping, and hiking.
Steven L. Smith, Ed.D. is a retired naval chaplain having served in the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps for twenty-two years. Post military service includes positions at Wayland Baptist University as adjunct instructor, Assistant Professor, Dean/Executive Director; at Northern Arizona University he is an Instructor in College of Arts and Letters, Honors College, Veteran and Military Services, and the Director of NAUs Veteran Oral History Project at Cline Library, Special Collections and Archives; and is a freelance writer and blogger. He holds degrees from Grand Canyon College, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, USMC Command and Staff College, Johns Hopkins University, and the University of San Diego.
Rose is Dine’ (Navajo) and Ute. Originally from the four corners area, Rose moved to Flagstaff as a teen. She is Tachii’nii Noda’i, born for Kinlichii’nii. maternal grandfather Ashiihi, paternal grandfather Hashk'aa hadzohi. A graduate of NAU earning a Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in Business Administration and a minor in Psychology; she then received her master’s degree from the College of Education in Educational Psychology & Counseling.
She spent her professional work with Arizona’s School-to-Work Initiative as the NE AZ Project Director overseeing 12 school districts on Navajo and Hopi homelands. She also served as the Program Director of Workforce Development programs (both WIA & WIOA) and lead counselor for the Post-Move Relocation Program at Native Americans for Community Action, Inc. (NACA). At Coconino County Career Center, she provided workforce development opportunities for county residents. Currently, she enjoys her work at the City of Flagstaff City Manager’s office as the Coordinator for Indigenous Initiatives where her work includes advocacy at the government level and filling the gaps through collaboration efforts with city, county, and Indigenous partners. Having experience in the areas of serving people and serving in volunteer capacities has shaped her work to support those who need services to those who provide services, as well as shaping and supporting conversation on systematic change.
Her entire adult life, her passions and volunteerism have included advocacy work for Indigenous people and people of color. She currently serves on the Indigenous Peoples Advisory Council to the Coconino Board of Supervisors, Indigenous Circle of Flagstaff (a grass roots movement impacting change in Flagstaff), the National AISES Council of Elders, Flagstaff Police Department’s Citizens Liaison Committee, and other community-based committees. Flagstaff is home to Rose, her husband and their three adult sons. Rose’s mission is to make a positive impact in people’s lives and in her daily interactions.
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!
Stephen Pelligrini, Senior Communications Manager
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- 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.
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