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Preserving Cultural Heritage

Music Building at the historic Phoenix Indian School

This exciting project is a partnership between Native American Connections, the Phoenix Indian Center, LISC, and the City of Phoenix. When renovations on the 70 year old building are complete, the Music Building will be a cultural gathering place where the community can experience Native Foods, learn about the history of Phoenix Indian School, experience sports events, arts, culture and music and learn about Tribal Tourism opportunities.

The history of the Phoenix Indian School and the renovation of the music building were featured on National Public Radio.


Enriching Cultural Heritage and Supporting the Community

One of Native American Connections' greatest strengths is that it has managed to maintain the heart, soul and spirit of a grassroots community-based organization. The reasons we were founded almost 40 years ago still resonate with us, providing us with meaning and passion for our work today. As we grow our housing programs and services, expand our reach, and participate in community development activities, we remain ever mindful of key intentions:


Cultural and Native Traditional Ceremonies

Available upon request, NAC may provide blessings and smudgings for purification, as well as, sweat lodge and talking circles.  For more information, please contact Ken Lewis or Hedy Emery at 602-254-3247.

Supporting Regional Efforts to End Homelessness

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Native American Connections partnered with the Valley of the Sun United Way’s Initiative to end homelessness in Maricopa County through the development of 1,000 units of permanent supportive housing. Through this partnership, we established both Encanto Pointe and Stepping Stone Place as housing communities that are guided by the housing first model for chronically homeless individuals. 

Co-Development for LaMesita at A New Leaf

Our involvement in the Valley of the Sun United Way’s Initiative continues in our partnership with A New Leaf.  As co-developers, Native American Connections and A New Leaf are creating 80 units of affordable and permanent supportive housing for families.  This housing community will eventually be joined by 30 permanent supportive housing units for the chronically homeless being developed by NAC and A New Leaf.