(TUCSON, Ariz. – May 5, 2020) – The Pascua Yaqui Tribe Charitable Organization (PYTCO) has appointed Izetta Morris as its executive director. PYTCO is an enterprise of the Pascua Yaqui Development Corporation, a wholly owned enterprise of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe.
PYTCO was established to meet the needs of the Pascua Yaqui tribal members and the community. In the role, Morris will lead the program into its next phase of development including a focus on fundraising, grant writing, and program and services support.
Morris previously worked for the University of Arizona in its Contracting Services Department, where she worked on both incoming grants and contracts, as well as outgoing sub-awards. With a background in business, law and entrepreneurship, she holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and a Juris Doctorate in law, both from the University of Arizona.
Morris is a member of the Traditional Native Village of Naknek in Alaska, where she grew up, raised by a single mother of three. While in law school, Morris formed Naknek Family Fisheries, the first such value-added seafood processing plant in her village, which she ran seasonally for 10 years.
“We are thrilled to have Izetta join the Pascua Yaqui Tribe Charitable Organization” said Daune Cardenas, CEO of the Pascua Yaqui Development Corporation. “Her resilience, community focus, and care for the Pascua Yaqui community will be a great asset to the tribe and growth of our mission.”
For more information regarding PYTCO, please visit https://pytco-nonprofit.com/
About the Pascua Yaqui Tribe
The Yaqui people are among the original inhabitants of the Sonoran Desert region, extending from the Gila River in present day Arizona to the Rio Yaqui valley in Sonora, Mexico. The Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona is a United States Historic Tribe that includes nine officially recognized communities in Arizona in and between the Tucson and Phoenix metropolitan areas. The Tribe’s administrative center is located on Tribal Trust Lands southwest of Tucson. The Pascua Yaqui Tribe is part of the sovereign and indigenous Yaqui Nation that spans the United States/Mexico border and the Tribe maintains close association with the Yaqui communities in the eight sacred villages along the Yaqui River. There are approximately 22,000 registered members of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. For additional information, visit https://www.pascuayaqui-nsn.gov/.