Miss Indian NAU 2010 Jaymee Li Moore stands beside Catherine Talakte, director of the Native American Student Center.
Chairman Ronnie Lupe from the White Mountain Apache Tribe
Lynn Valbuena, vice chairwoman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony. The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians helped make the dream of an NAU Native American Cultural Center a reality by contributing $2 million at the onset, leading the way for NAU to add the remaining funds for construction.
Chairman LeRoy Shingoitewa of the Hopi Tribe
Joe Martin, special adviser to the president for Native American Issues, listens to the speaker at the ceremony.
Jacob Coin, executive director of public affairs for the San Manuel tribe, gives Regent LuAnn Leonard a hug.
NAU President John Haeger speaks with his special adviser Joe Martin and Chairman Ronnie Lupe from the White Mountain Apache Tribe.
Rep. Tom Chabin of Flagstaff
Miss Indian NAU 2010 Jaymee Li Moore
Miss Indian NAU Jaymee Li Moore with ASNAU President Chase Hunt
ASNAU President Chase Hunt, San Manuel Vice Chair Lynn Valbuena and Jim Brignall, president of Brignall Construction
State Rep. Tom Chabin, regent Jennifer Ginther and Miss Indian NAU Jaymee Li Moore recite the Pledge of Allegiance after a prayer is said to open the ceremony.
Regent LuAnn Leonard
Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley and Hopi Chairman LeRoy Shingoitewa enjoy the ceremony. Regent Jennifer Ginther smiles in the background.
Lynn Valbuena, vice chairwoman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, sits by Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley
A full house of spectators cheers the groundbreaking of the Native American Cultural Center.
Lynn Valbuena, vice chairwoman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians
It was a full house at the Native American Cultural Center groundbreaking despite stormy weather.
Jamie Fullmer, chair of NAU's Institute for Native Americans Advisory Board, and Tom Anderes, ABOR president, applaud the speaker.
Grab a shovel!
Regent LuAnn Leonard, ABOR President Tom Anderes, Hopi Chairman LeRoy Shingoitewa, Navajo President Joe Shirley, NAU President John Haeger, San Manuel Vice Chair Lynn Valbuena, White Mountain Apache Chairman Ronnie Lupe, Studio Ma architect Dan Hoffman and Jamie Fullmer from NAU's Institute for Native Americans
Time to turn some dirt!
ABOR President Tom Anderes and Regent Jennifer Ginther
Miss Indian NAU gets a laugh from Jamie Fullmer and the crowd as she attempts to place a hardhat over her crown.
Miss Indian NAU chooses the crown over the hardhat.
ABOR President Tom Anderes
Hopi Chairman LeRoy Shingoitewa, Navajo President Joe Shirley, NAU President John Haeger, Lynn Valbuena of the San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians and Rep. Tom Chabin
Joe Martin and John Haeger
ABOR President Tom Anderes and NAU President John Haeger enjoy the festivities at the groundbreaking.
NAU students were invited to join in the fun.
The audience was invited to come up and shovel some dirt at the end of the ceremony.
Shoveling dirt and smiling for the camera.
Regina Hale, Navajo Nation former first lady, with her daughter Sheena Hale, a current NAU student.