If you ask any American Indian person to translate their native name for their tribe into English you will often get "the People" as your answer. The People of today, whether Hopi, Navajo, Pueblo, Tohono O'odham or any one of the 58 tribes indigenous to the Southwest, represent cultures that date back thousands of years. In the case of the O'odham, they've matured right along with their home environment - both are about 12,000 years old. We have much to learn from out indigenous neighbors. It begins with recognizing that we are all more alike than different. If we learn to appreciate our common bonds then we can learn to respect our differences. It has been a privilege to work with and among the indigenous people of the southwest for many years.