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Native American Student Services

Native American Student Services | Roxanne Begay-James, Director | 6855 S. Mark, Tucson, AZ 85746 | (520) 908-3905 | Email Us

Free Meals for Kids!

TUSD Grab And Go Meals for Students
Schedules, Meal Pick-Up and More Information

Now Meals are Free for All Kids 18 and Under!

Native American Student Services Goals

NASS strives to collaboratively support the efforts of Tucson Unified School District to meet the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of American Indian and Alaska Natives enrolled in Tucson Unified schools so that they can achieve the same challenging state standards as all students.

Events and Announcements

  • Governing Board proclaims Indigenous Peoples' Day

    Indigenous Peoples' Day

    We appreciate that Tucson Unified School District recognizes the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples' Day. Indigenous Peoples' Day recognizes that Native people are the first inhabitants of the Americas. This includes land that became the United States of America. We encourage our schools to embrace the presence of Native students and their rich history, culture, traditions and accomplishments throughout the year.

    For more information, see the Indigenous Peoples' Day Proclamation.

  • Free Classes and Workshops for Parents
    Be sure to check out the Family Resource Centers for workshops, seminars, and free classes! With four Family Resource Centers, we've got one near you!

Resources for Families During School Closures

Get your Free Masks from AZ

Need help with rent or preventing eviction?

COVID-19 Exposure Reference and Guidelines For TUSD Staff, Students, and Families

Coronavirus Testing Sites

Crisis Information

If you or a loved one are in  immediate crisis, please call:

Community Wide Crisis Line: 520-622-6000

Or 911

Other non-emergency numbers:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Phone Number: 1-800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line: Text 741741



Childcare at TUSD Schools

If you need childcare while you work, we offer childcare at many of our schools through our Community School program and KIDCO. Learn more by reading Childcare options at TUSD Schools.

Boys & Girls Club Tucson

Flier for Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson - 2020-2021 (in PDF)

Looking for a safe place where your child can engage in recreation, arts, and other enrichment activities? The Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson are open to serve working families during the pandemic.

Program Details:

  • Ages 7 to 17 years old
  • Masks/face coverings required in the Clubs and safety measures must be followed
  • Meals provided through partnership TUSD Meals Program
  • Members asked to bring their school-provided devices to the Club

Register and Learn More at the Boys & Girls Club website

10 Things You Can Do to Prepare for Returning Back to School

Ready to prepare for returning to school?

Please review 10 Things You Can Do to Prepare for Returning Back to School (in PDF).

Screening Questions - Asked before entry to schools and district offices

Screening Questions: These questions will be asked of everyone before they are permitted to enter schools or district offices.

Help for Speakers of Arabic, Kirundi, Somali, and Swahili

Please call the number below and leave a message, including a phone number where we can reach you. We will call you back. Thank you!
  • 225-6591 = Swahili
  • 225-6592 = Arabic
  • 225-6593 = Kirundi
  • 225-6594 = Somali

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT)

Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) provides assistance to households with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals, while schools are out of session due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Arizona P-EBT Pandemic School Meal Replacement Benefits program is a partnership between DES, the Arizona Department of Education, and the USDA Food and Nutrition Service.

For more information, see DES's Arizona P-EBT webpage .

Community Resources for Family Support

Free WiFi Map for Arizona

Use this free WiFi map from Connect Arizona to find free public WiFi hotspots at public libraries, schools, businesses, and other sites. Some sites may offer indoor public access during business hours, others provide access in the parking lot only. Everyone using the sites - outside or inside - is encouraged to practice social distancing precautions, including staying in your vehicle or at least six feet from other users and wearing a mask if necessary.

Internet Access for TUSD Families

TUSD will help you with Internet access through loaner hotspots. Learn more at the TUSD Loaner Hotspot FAQ.

You can also look into several of the low-cost Internet programs available to TUSD families. See the following information for details: Low-Cost Internet Programs

Coping with Stress and Anxiety

For suggestions on coping with stress and anxiety during this time, please see these resources.

Food Banks and Pantries

Dental Issues - What to do

Wondering what to do about dental issues? See these dental issues guidelines from Pima County Health Department.

Health Tips

Please check the CDC website for the latest prevention tips and information.

Prevention Measures

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds (the time needed to sing happy birthday) or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Keep children home when sick, and stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze, then immediately discard any tissues.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid unnecessary physical contact, like holding hands.

Note: Please be aware the District has suspended Attendance Award tracking for the 4th quarter. Thus please have students remain home if not feeling well.

Positive Parenting

Section 504

Talking with Children: Tips for Caregivers and Parents

Please Join Our Social Media Challenge!

Social Media Challenge

Social Media Challenge Flier

Native American Student Services will be challenging students, families, and the Tucson Community to participate in weekly themed activities. Whether it's a picture, video, TikTok, drawing, or paintingwe want to see your challenges! We encourage you to use the hashtag: #tUSdNASS so we may share it on our social media platforms. NASS Members will also be participating in these activities with you. You may also submit your challenges to: with student's name, school, and the name of the challenge for the week.

Weekly Challenges

Social Stream

Join Us for Parent University, Dec. 7

Printable Flyers: English / Spanish

Register online...

Native American Heritage Day at Lawrence Intermediate

About Us


In 1972 Indian Education Act, the current version of which is Title VII Part A of the No Child Left Behind Act, was the landmark legislation establishing a comprehensive approach to meeting the unique needs of American Indian and Alaska Native students. Through the use of federal funds provided by the newly created Office of Indian Education and supplementary financial assistance through Johnson O'Malley, another federal aid program for Indian students, TUSD established the Native American Student Services Department in 1976 to provide supplementary academic and cultural support for Native American and Alaska Native students.

NASS Mission

NASS strives to collaboratively support the efforts of Tucson Unified School District to meet the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of American Indian and Alaska Natives enrolled in TUSD schools so that they can achieve the same challenging state standards as all students.

Native Student Enrollment

pie chart of total TUSD student enrollment

Total TUSD Enrollment, 52,115 students - 4% Native American


pie chart of TUSD Native American student enrollment from 2011-2012 by tribe

Native American Students by Tribe

Tribal Breakdown







Oglala Sioux





Tohono O'odham


Isleta Pueblo






White Mountain Apache

Cheyenne River Sioux





Laguna Pueblo

Pima-Gila River



Lakota Sioux


Yankton Sioux Tribe of South Dakota



Pima-Salt River



Maliseet Nation


Yavapai Apache

Colorado River Indian



Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo


Mescalero Apache

Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians


Ft. Mohave


Rosebud Sioux

Zuni Pueblo

Fort Peck Sioux

Minnesota Chippewa Tribe

San Carlos Apache





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