Terrol Johnson, Tristan Reader, Co-founders of Tohono O'odham Community Action

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Local Community Initiatives include:

 

 

 

- Project Oidag: A youth- led multi-site gardening & mentoring program

- Tohono O'odham Basketweavers Organization: Fair trade, marketing, and basketweaving classes

 

- The huge Celebration of Basketry event at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Affordable Access to Tohono O'odham Foods:

 

 Through seasonal wild food harvesting, year-round gardening, & monsoon farming, TOCA has increased the production of fresh, local, healthy native foods. By working with schools, local institutions, and Desert Rain Café, TOCA has increased the consumption of Tohono O'odham foods by Tohono O'odham tribal members.

TOCA is located in Tohono Plaza on Main Street

in Sells, Arizona

 

Our office is open Monday-Friday from 9am until 4pm.


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Since 1996, TOCA has been dedicated to creating a healthy, culturally vital and sustainable community on the Tohono O'odham Nation.  We  invite you to explore our work, our community, and the traditions of the Tohono O’odham – the People of the Desert.

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Welcome to TOCA

Tohono O'odham Cultural & Artistic Activities

 

 Celebrations follow the Tohono O'odham calendar year. Weekly basketry classes by elders and support for local native artists,  and culturally-based leadership programs. TOCA publications offer resources and curricula.

Social Enterprises  - Creating Local Jobs & Training

 

TOCA is an economic engine on one of the poorest reservations in the United States.  We work to regrow the agricultural economy which thrived here into the mid- 20th Century and the healthy villages and families. Indigenous assets and resources are just now emerging.

- Desert Rain Café buys from local native farmers and  harvesters.

- Desert Rain Gallery supports local artists  of traditional and contemporary media.

TOCA's Tohono O'odham Food Traditions Book and Native Foodways Magazine:

Terrol Johnson, Tristan Reader, Co-founders of Tohono O'odham Community Action

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