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    Established in 1983 to serve as a resource in health-related research and training for Native American communities nation-wide

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    Renaming Ceremony for the Wassaja Carlos Montezuma Center for Native American Health

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Please note: On Oct. 22, 2021, the Native American Research and Training Center (NARTC) was renamed "Wassaja Carlos Montezuma Center for Native American Health," in honor of Arizona's first American Indian physician, Dr. Wassaja Carlos Montezuma. We will be updating the website over the next few months to reflect the name change and other Center updates.


The overall mission of the Wassaja Carlos Montezuma Center for Native American Health is to conduct health-related research and training projects that will help improve the quality of life for Native Americans. 

Formerly known as the Native American Research and Training Center (NARTC), the Wassaja Carlos Montezuma Center for Native American Health was established in 1983 by the University of Arizona Board of Regents to serve as a resource in health-related research and training for Native American communities nationwide. The Wassaja Center is housed in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the College of Medicine - Tucson at the University of Arizona.

Because of our commitment to the realization of self-determination, one of the primary objectives of the Wassaja Center is to promote active participation and partnership with Native American communities in all research and training programs.

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