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Yaqui Indian educator to present lecture

New Mexico State University's American Indian Program (AIP) will present a lecture by Native American educator Octaviana Trujillo from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 15, in the Corbett Center Auditorium.


o, the director of Applied Indigenous Studies at Northern Arizona University, will present "Flowers of Life: Yaqui Identity and Persistence." She has worked for more than three decades in education program development for minority and multicultural populations, particularly Native Americans.

Trujillo was the first director of the American Indian Graduate Center at Arizona State University (ASU). She also has served as editor of the Journal of American Indian Education and director of the Center for Indian Education at ASU.

Trujillo was the first woman to serve as chairman of the Pascua Yaqui tribe in Arizona and has received fellowships from the Fulbright, Kellogg, Smithsonian and Rockefeller foundations. She has also received a Newberry Library Scholarship for Research from the D'Arcy McNickle Center for the History of the American Indian and a research grant from the Arizona Humanities Council.

Trujillo's lecture is part of NMSU's American Indian Week, which is April 12-17. The lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information call Donald Pepion, AIP director, at (505) 646-4207.