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About the Founder

Melodie A. Lopez, MSW (Hopi/Navajo/Pueblo/Mexican)  

President of Indigenous Strategies llc

 

My name is Melodie A. Lopez. I have over twenty years of experience in the fields of social work, education and program development. In the past decade I have focused more of my efforts towards program development and curriculum development to assist leaders in local, state and tribal systems. I still conduct direct services upon request. I began Indigenous Strategies, LLC., which specializes in professional development and leadership training to meet the needs of professionals who serve Native American youth, families and communities. I am currently on the Board of the Loft Cinema and sit on the planning committee for Foster Ed in Pima County and the Native Eyes Film Showcase.  I also serve on the University of Arizona President's Native American Community Council as well. I am drawn to and passionate about charitable organizations such as Native Education Alliance inTucson and UA American Indian Alumni, where I mentor Native American graduate students.

I have been involved in several local, statewide and national conferences addressing the issues of Native youth for over twenty years; focusing on community-based solutions. Enjoying the strengths of Native youth who learn best in cooperative interactive settings, I have co-developed Native teen and community leadership programs such as Huchoosedah College Mentoring Project, Retain American Indians Now! Program, Native Leadership Program at the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind and the Water Is Life programming.

As a co-founder of the Native Education Alliance  Melodie has created annual Native student and family conferences, professional development opportunities for educators who work with Native communities and co-created a curriculum to train professionals to prevent relationship and sexual violence in Arizona Indian communities. NEA offers free programming for our local urban Indian and reservation students.  Currently, we offer the Youth WARRIOR Showcase in Fall and LandSpeaks in Spring.  She is the proud mother of two daughters.

Education: 

M.S.W, University of California, Berkeley Social Welfare, emphasis on Indian Child Welfare

B.A., California State University, Long Beach, Psychology/American Indian Studies

Expertise: 

I have over twenty years of experience in Social Work, Education and Leadership Development. I offer professional development & leadership training of educators and social service administrators and elected leaders in local, state and tribal governments, curriculum development, workshops, and direct services to Native American youth.

News

I.S. will be collaborating with UA College of Education and Ironwood Tree Experience on a two year project to examine ways to engage Native American boys in Education, Tribal Lifeways and Land Stewardship.  We are grateful to the Agnese Haury Foundation for allowing us the opportunity to thoughtfully approach this topic.
Asquali! 
The Gathering of Educators registration is open!  Click under events and sign up for a day of professional development focused on the needs of educators and administrators of schools with high Native American student populations!