ISDA is a non-profit corporation founded in 1993 and governed by a board of directors representing the indigenous and non-indigenous populations of the U.S. and Mexico.

We are a group of concerned people from all walks of life who have joined forces to:

  • promote the concept and practice of conservation throughout the bio region;
  • provide education in ways of protecting and respecting valuable biological and cultural resources and traditions;
  • develop creative and sustainable solutions to critical local issues such as housing and economic development;
  • and provide practical opportunities for individual and community action.

ISDA also hosts public meetings that provide opportunity for broad community participation, and seeks input from a wide cross-section of voices and cultures.

At our board meetings we conduct business in three languages-English, Spanish, and O’odham, and we prepare our literature, from our books to our leaflets and our website, bilingually.