“Learning more about my people and how to preserve our materials
has strengthened my identity as a Hia-Ced O’odham youth
and has helped guide my journey with higher education.”
– Lourdes Pereira,
Miss Indigenous ASU 2020-21
Much more than a research collection, the Labriola National American Indian Data Center at the ASU Library is an essential service to the ASU and greater Phoenix Indigenous community.
When you give to the Labriola Center, you are expanding access to research and learning opportunities that champion Indigenous perspectives and knowledge, strengthen local communities, and support the success of students like Lourdes Pereira (Hia-Ced O’odham and Yoeme), a sophomore at ASU, double majoring in American Indian Studies and Justice Studies, who was named Miss Indigenous ASU 2020-21.
Growing up, my people the Hia-Ced O’odham have faced great injustices to the point that many thought us to be extinct. My people are still not federally recognized and we are seeking federal recognition.
Working for the Labriola Center has been the best decision I have ever made.
I get to learn so much about my tribe. Learning more about my people and how to preserve our materials has strengthened my identity as a Hia-Ced O’odham youth and has helped guide my journey with higher education.
The people who work here are amazing and have great plans on how to make positive change within our community.