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Construction in Indian Country

Growing our own

Construction in Indian Country® (CIIC) was created with guidance from the Advisor to the Office of the President of Arizona State University for American Indian Affairs and a Committee of individuals from Arizona and New Mexico Indian tribes. They convened to determine to enhance the quality of tribally sponsored or tribal entity sponsored construction projects in construction management occurring on tribal lands. The Committee teamed with the Del E. Webb School of Construction (DEWSC), a program committed to excellence in teaching, research and service in and for the construction industry. Together this group defined construction to include a range of normal to significant aspects of law, business, engineering, architecture, planning, and management.

Dr. Peterson Zah

ASU community mourns Sun Devil and former Navajo Nation President Peterson Zah

Zah, who led the Navajo Nation from 1990 to 1994 and was a special advisor to ASU President Michael Crow, earned a bachelor’s degree in education from ASU in 1963 and was awarded an Honorary Doctoral Degree of Humane Letters from the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College in 2005.

He was a lifelong advocate for education in the Navajo Nation. 

  • Call for Proposals – Extended

    Construction in Indian Country Conference November 8-10, 2023, On-stage content will feature talks on the “state of Indian Country” discussing challenges and opportunities. Representatives from tribes and industry leaders are confirmed to be in attendance.   Presenters reach a broad audience of professionals working and living within tribal communities within the Tribal A/E/C community.  Submissions should bring completed or ongoing and…

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  • Dr. Zah speaking at ASU convocation

    Dr. Peterson Zah, Former President of the Navajo Nation and Champion of Construction in Indian Country at ASU, Passes Away at 85

    Dr. Zah was a revered leader and visionary who dedicated his life to improving the lives of Native American people, particularly in the areas of education and economic development.

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  • Hands cupped together under a faucet of running water.

    ASU project to expand clean water access for Navajo Nation

    CDC Foundation funds new project to build water-loading stations as part of COVID-19 response efforts.

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