Natalia Cachora is an enrolled member of the Federally Recognized Fort Yuma Quechan Indian Tribe, which borders California and Arizona. Natalia is a second-year graduate student in the Master's in Development Practice (MDP) Program. Within the field of development, her focus is on health justice, including Native American health disparities, indigenous natural and cultural preservation, and the problem of exposure to environmental toxins such as pesticides and byproducts of mining activities.
Because of her dedication to Tribal Communities, Natalia has been awarded a Fort Yuma Quechan Indian Higher Education Tribal Scholarship. Not only does Natalia have a passion to help Tribal communities, she also mentors high school students and helps them access resources to go beyond a high school education. Natalia is currently a Graduate Assistant for the Native American Science and Engineering Program (NASEP) with Early Academic Outreach. Natalia has also received a UA Native American Student Affairs (NASA) scholarship, and in summer 2019 completed her summer practicum with the Environmental Protection Office of her tribe.