Tohono Oodham Community Action

aka TOCA   |   Sells, AZ   |  www.tocaonline.org
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Mission

TOCA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community-based organiation dedicated to creating a healthy, culturally-vital, and sustainable Tohono O'odham Nation. TOCA has adopted four principles that guide our decisions about program goals and strategies:

 

• O’odham Himdag: "Wisdom from our past creating solutions for our future" – The O’odham Himdag (Desert People’s Way) guides us as we seek to develop culturally appropriate solutions to the challenges that confront our community.  By drawing upon our heritage and cultural traditions we are able to create lasting solutions and a stronger community.

 

• Community Assets: "See our resources, not just our needs" – Our community already possesses many of the assets that are necessary to create a healthy and sustainable community.  TOCA encourages people to take stock of our various community assets in order to develop indigenous solutions, rather than focus on the problems while importing “solutions” from the outside.  The wisdom of our elders, the enthusiasm of our young people, the richness of our land, the centrality of our extended families, and our desire to create a healthier community all contribute to the capacity to create solutions that will be culturally-based and sustainable.

 

• Encourage Community Self-Sufficiency – Social programs on the Tohono O’odham Nation have too often created dependent relationships which destroy the sustainable structures that have previously supported the people. Programs have often led to destructive dependency where self-sufficiency had previously existed.  In response, TOCA attempts to re-empower the community to become increasingly self-sufficient.  

 

• Context is Crucial: "Strengthening the material roots of O’odham culture" – It is not enough to simply preserve cultural activities, such as ceremonies, songs and stories.  The material basis out of which these cultural practices grew must also be maintained.  A ground blessing dance loses much of its power when it is performed for an audience in an auditorium rather than in the fields were the O’odham have planted for generations.  TOCA works to redevelop the material foundation of the O’odham culture.

Ruling year info

1998

Principal Officer

Tristan and Terrol Reader and Johnson Co-Directors

Co Principal Officer

Terrol Dew Johnson

Main address

PO Box 1790

Sells, AZ 85634

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EIN

86-0883222

NTEE code info

Rural (S32)

Organization-Sponsored Eatery or Agency (K35)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

IRS filing requirement

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Tohono O'odham Arts and Cultural Revitalization

TOCA works to revitalize the cultural traditions of the Tohono O'odham - the O'odham Himdag (way of life.) TOCA consistently seeks specific, local ways of supporting cultural revitalization. The Annual Celebration of Basketry and Native Foods Festival was moved to the "Himdag Ki:", the Tohono O'odham Nation's Museum and Cultural Center once it opened in 2007.

Population(s) Served

TOCA’s Food System & Wellness program creates physical, spiritual, cultural and economic health through the promotion of the traditional foods, O’odham sports, and the work that has supported the Tohono O’odham community for countless generations. Combating the highest rate of diabetes in the world, TOCA is reintroducing traditional food production to the community, revitalizing a heritage of health, and fostering economic opportunity. Through the successful creation of two farms, efforts to market traditional foods, and extensive educational programming, TOCA stimulates increased community self-sufficiency. TOCA has helped create community gardens, and hands-on workshops on how to plant, harvest and cook desert foods. TOCA is the lead organization convening the Tohono O'odham Food and Fitness Coalition.

Population(s) Served

Elders carry with them the wisdom of the past – the O’odham Himdag. Youth are filled with energy and passion to carry it into the future. Together they are creating innovative solutions to the challenges faced by our community.

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Awards

Leadership for a Changing World 2002

Ford Foundation

Coming Up Taller Award 2001

President’s Commission on the Arts and Humanities (PCAH)

Brick Award 1999

Do Something Organization

General Mills Champions 2003

General Mills Foundation, the American Dietetic Association Foundation, and the President's Challenge

Food & Fitness Implementation Award -one of 9 awarded nationally- 2009

WK Kellogg Foundation

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Tohono Oodham Community Action

Board of directors
as of 06/03/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Terrol Johnson

TOCA Co-Director

Terrol Dew Johnson

TOCA