Captioning and ASL interpretation services will be provided.
Spanish interpretation available upon request.

We hope you can join us for the 17th Annual American Indian Disability Summit on March 26, 2021.
The theme of the summit is resiliency and self-care.

The winner of the 2021 Marcus Harrison Jr. Leadership Award will also be announced during the summit.

Opening Session

Rosalie Perry

It's Just Me

Keynote Speaker
Rosalie Perry
Independent Living Skills Advocate
Ability 360 – Pinal County


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the summit will take place virtually using the Zoom platform. If you have any questions, please contact Darrel Christenson at


We are grateful to have guest speakers representing different areas of the disability field and varying perspectives on American Indian culture.


11 AM – NOON

Advocating for Empowerment and Self-Care

Jim Warne from the Oglala Lakota Nation will address the importance of Advocacy, Leadership and Empowerment for people with disabilities. Self-Care involves balance and wellness as a service provider. Many of us forget to ensure our own wellness in order to provide effective care and service to our communities and family members.


Jim E. Warne | Warrior Society Development, LLC

Advocating for Your Health | Practicing Resilience though Preventative Healthcare During COVID-19

This interactive session will explore strategies for women with disabilities to communicate with their healthcare providers and support networks about their health needs, with a particular focus on preventive healthcare services.


Marissa Adams | Northern Arizona University
Julie Armin | UArizona Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities
Dana Russell | Hopi Cancer Support Services
Veronica Boone | Tucson Indian Center
Heather Williamson | Northern Arizona University Center for Health Equity Research


1-2 PM

Supported Decision Making: A Less Restrictive Alternative to Legal Guardianship

Learn how Supported Decision-Making supports self-determination, growth and personal safety by ensuring individuals with disabilities receive proper assistance in making key life decisions for themselves. When guardianship isn’t appropriate, Supported Decision-Making might be the ideal solution.


Juliana Huerena| Southwest Institute for Families & Children
Jon Meyers | The Arc of Arizona
Sey In | Arizona Center for Disability Law

Reclaiming Advocacy in Native Communities

The Native American Disability Law Center will present the issues facing Native Americans with disabilities to increase awareness of advocacy approaches that can be considered by other Native communities.


Annette Yazzie | Native American Disability Law Center
Hoskie Benally | Native American Disability Law Center


2-3 PM

Self-Advocacy Solutions

Self-advocates will provide tips and resources to build self-advocacy and evaluate efforts to ensure voices of the disability community are being heard. The panel will also share information on the newly formed statewide self-advocacy coalition, Self-Advocacy Solutions, to Arizona and how audience members can support the movement.


Erica McFadden | Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council
Jordan Moon | SAAVI
Calvin Cook | Diverse Ability Incorporated
Eileen Tohonnie | Assist to Independence
Monica Cooper | People First Arizona

Warriors of Resilience: Promoting Cultural Well-Being

Native American youth are Warriors of Resilience and the future of sustaining and forging strength-based paths for our Indigenous communities. Attendees will identify concepts of the Nahongvita Model (Self-Empowerment) to maintain connections to their home communities and promote cultural well-being as they navigate the modern world.


Dr. Darold Joseph | Northern Arizona University
Alisse Ali-Joseph | Northern Arizona University
Hannah Honani | Hopi Foundation
Eugene Cody | Hopi Foundation
Teresa Martza | Northern Arizona University
Lexie James | Miss Native American USA

Save the Date

Inaugural American Indian Youth Disability Summit

Friday, April 2, 2021 | 9 AM – NOON

We hope you can join us for the Inaugural American Indian Youth Disability Summit on April 2, 2021!

Carrying on the theme of resiliency and self-care, the youth summit will focus on the youth experience in American Indian communities during the COVID-19 pandemic and what can be done to help youth adapt during these unprecedented times.