Advisory Committee

Patrisia Gonzales (Executive Director)

Patrisia (Kickapoo, Comanche and Macehual) descends from three generations of traditional healers and teaches about Indigenous medicine and Indigenous knowledge at the University of Arizona. She is a traditional birth attendant and herbalist and is author of several books, including Red Medicine: Traditional Indigenous Rites of Birthing and Healing. She is former national columnist and has won several awards for her writings, including human rights awards. She has worked on Indigenous language policy and planning. As a 2018-2020 Faculty Fellow in the Agnese Nelms Program in Environment and Social Justice, she is engaging the next generation of Indigenous advocates with elders and Native rights activists associated with the Alianza.

Tupac Enrique Acosta

Long-time activist and community organizer as well as traditional practitioner, Tupac serves as Yaoatachcauh of the  grassroots community based organization TONATIERRA in Phoenix, AZ.  This responsibility, a designation of the Indigenous Mexican (Nahuatl) communities is a reference to traditional custodial and community organizing duties in the various realms of community development work from local to regional, continental to global.

David Garcia Jaimez

David is a member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and currently employed by the Pascua Yaqui Head Start on the Pascua Yaqui reservation.  David is one of the founders of the Yoeme Commission on Human Rights and has been active in the Yaqui community for over 20 years in promoting social justice and human rights issues on the reservation. He has been a member of the Alianza Indígena Sin Fronteras for the past 10 years.

Juan Jaimez

Juan is a member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, and has been involved in community issues and advocated for human rights for more than 13 years. He has been a member of the Alianza Indígena Sin Fronteras for the past 10 years.

Dennis Manuel

Dennis is a member of the Tohono O'Odham Nation and activist in promoting environmental production of Baboquivari Sacred Mountain on the Tohono O'Odham Reservation.  He is retired and has been an activist for the past 30 years. Dennis has been part of the Alianza Indígena Sin Fronteras for the past 15 years.

Roberto Rodriguez

Roberto (Dr. Cintli) is an assistant professor at the Mexican American & Raza Studies Department at the University of Arizona. He is a longtime-award-winning journalist/columnist who received his Ph.D. in Mass Communications in 2008) at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. His current field of study is the examination of maiz culture, migration, and the role of stories and oral traditions among Indigenous peoples, including Mexican and Central American peoples. He has a forthcoming book (Fall, 2014 University of Arizona Press): Nin Toanantzin Non Centeotl: Our Sacred Maíz is Our Mother. He teaches classes on the history of maiz, Mexican/Chicano Culture and politics and the history of red-brown journalism. In 2013, a major digitized collection was inaugurated by the University Arizona Libraries, based on a class he created: The History of Red-Brown Journalism. He currently writes for Truthout’s Public Intellectual Project and is currently working on a project, titled: Smiling Brown: Gente de Bronce – People the Color of the Earth. It is a collaborative project on the topic of color consciousness. He is also writing a memoir on the topic of torture and political violence: Yolqui: A warrior summonsed from the spirit world.

Margo Tamez, PhD

Shi ndé isdzán shimaa kónitsąąíí hada’didla’łepaiyé shitaa cuelcahen shash ndé.  I am an enrolled citizen of the Lipan Apache Band of Texas. My clans are the Big Water, Lightning Windmaker, Tall Grass and Bear. I was born in Austin, Texas in the traditional and unceded territory of the southern Ndé Nation.  I currently work in British Columbia, Canada, as a professor in the Indigenous Studies Program, at the University of British Columbia, Kelowna, Canada.  I reside on the Okanagan Indian Band #1 Reserve, near Vernon, BC.

Ernest Moristo

Ernest is an elder and member of the Tohono O'Odhman Nation. For more than 30 years, he has promoted environmental protection Baboquivari Sacred Mountain on the Tohono O'Odham reservation, which has been under threat due to expanded militarization of the border.