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The Coconino Hispanic Advisory Council (C.H.A.C.) was established in 2001 by the Board of Supervisors to provide an official liaison and communications link between the Hispanic/Latino community and Coconino County.

CHAC honored at 2021 NAU Homecoming Game

Hispanic Heritage Game: 20 years of CHAC Celebration

Go Los Jacks!

Established in 2001 by the Board of Supervisors, the Coconino County Hispanic Advisory Council (C.H.A.C.) serves as an official liaison and communications link between the Hispanic/Latinx community and Coconino County leadership. This year, CHAC is being recognized for 20 years of community action and volunteerism. As leaders in the Hispanic/Latinx community, CHAC upholds traditions such as Cesar Chavez Celebrations and Hispanic Heritage Month events, while addressing current community trends through mentorship, conversation, and action. As we conclude the celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, tonight we are joined by J Michael Cruz- CHAC Chair, Dani Donaldson- CHAC Vice Chair, Frank Moraga, Patty Garcia, and Esteban Villareal in recognition of this community organization. Thank you for your commitment to uplifting the voices of the Hispanic and Latinx communities in Coconino County for the past 20 years. CHAC members who could not be with us today are: Ruth Eaton, Miguel Vasquez, Jose Diaz Aquino, and Katie Mommaerts.

❗️Join us for CHAC meetings at 5:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month❗️ 



Photos by Frank X. Moraga/; Richard and Ruth Eaton; and Esteban Villarreal.

Click on image above to see a slideshow of more photos at

FLAGSTAFF — The Coconino County Hispanic Advisory Council (CHAC) held its inagural drop-off Community Food Drive as a socially distant alternative to its annual César E. Chávez celebration from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 27 at the Market of Dreams / Mercado de los Sueños,, 2532 E. 7th Ave., at the corner of 4th and 7th streets, Flagstaff. 

Nearly 500 pounds of food were collected, along with nearly $500 in cash donations.

All donations went to the Flagstaff Family Food Center for distribution to the community.

Thank you to former Flagstaff Mayor Coral Evans for conducting Facebook Live interviews to spread the word about the event, and to supporting partners The Market of Dreams / Mercado de los Sueños and Radio Sunnyside KSZN-LP 101.5 FM.

The event was promoted in the Arizona Daily Sun and KAFF Country 92.9 FM

CHAC members braved gusty winds and chilly temperatures to set up the donation boxes just outside the Market of Dreams / Mercado de los Sueños.

Community members were invited drop off such donations as:

Peanut Butter, canned vegetables, tuna and other canned protein, pasta, cereal and canned fruit. 

Thank you very much for supporting the community. Your help is very much appreciated.


John Haro, Chair

Coconino County Hispanic Advisory Council

About CHAC: The Coconino County Hispanic Advisory Council was established in 2001 with thepurpose of advising the County Board of Supervisors on issues and concerns that affect the Hispanic community in Coconino County. In addition to serving as an advisory group to the county supervisors,the council has identified the following five major areas of focus:

  • To conduct forums on issues and concerns of the Hispanic community
  • To promote awareness of the need for diversity in employment, training and economicdevelopment
  • To assist Coconino County in recruiting and retaining Hispanic employees
  • To promote Hispanic culture, arts, historic activities and events
  • To examine and make policy recommendations in the areas of education, housing, land use, health, social services, recreation and criminal justice issues.

Prior to the pandemic, CHAC members presented such activities as the annual César E. Chávez Community Recognition Breakfast at American Legion Post 3; and took part in such events as the annual Armed Forces Day Parade, the Cinco de Mayo dinner/dance at the American Legion Post 3 and the 4th of July Parade. Members look forward to taking part in such events in 2022.


The Coconino Hispanic Advisory Council (CHAC) can now be found on Instagram


Initial postings include:

A Mi Gente Mondays profile on Delia Munoz, winner of the 2020 Al Merito Award, which was established in 1973 to to recognize individuals and organizations who have made outstanding contributions and serve as role models for preserving Arizona’s rich history. Visit our Instagram site for more information.

A Mi Gente Mondays profile on J Michael Cruz, a member of the Coconino Hispanic Advisory Council (CHAC). Michael is an applied sociologist who currently works as the Director of Operations for Native Americans for Community Action- a local nonprofit providing medical and behavioral health care and social support services for any member of the local community in need. He is a third-generation Mexican American from Texas, having moved to Flagstaff in late 2018. Visit our Instagram site for more information.

An update on the Sept. 30, 2020 deadline to complete the U.S. Completing the 2020 Census has an impact on our community. The U.S. Census Bureau is committed and legally responsible to keep the information provided by the public private and secure. You can complete the census online at

More news and information to come so keep checking our Instagram at


CHAC presents public meetings first Wednesday of every month*


FLAGSTAFF — The Coconino County Hispanic Advisory Council (CHAC) holds public meetings at 5:30 p.m. the first Wednesday* of every month normally at the Coconino County Administration Building, 219 E. Cherry Ave., Flagstaff, Arizona.

During the COVID-19 Pandemic, CHAC meetings will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams. Call 928-679-7135, send an email to Susie Garretson at or visit for more information.

*Meetings are subject to change due to holidays, annual board retreat in January**. Notification of changes will be announced 24 hours before the meeting. Contact Susie Garretson at or 928-679-7135 for the next meeting date.

Download agendas, minutes HERE

CHAC serves as an official liaison and communications link between the Hispanic community and the Coconino County Board of Supervisors, so please bring any concerns you may have about equal education opportunities, fair employment, juvenile justice, political representation and other issues.

CHAC is a supporter of the Ballet Folklórico de Colores — Flagstaff, Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces, the Hispanic Convocation at Northern Arizona University, the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association of Flagstaff and other organizations.

** In lieu of a meeting, CHAC will hold a planning retreat in January


 — El Consejo Asesor Hispano del Condado de Coconino (CHAC) celebra reuniones públicas a las 5:30 pm el primer miércoles de cada mes normalmente en el Edificio de Administración del Condado de Coconino, Junta de Supervisores Cámaras, 219 E. Cherry Ave., Flagstaff.

Durante la pandemia de COVID-19, las reuniones de CHAC se llevarán a cabo virtualmente a través de Microsoft Teams. Llame al 928-679-7135 o envíe un correo electrónico a Susie Garretson at o visite para más información.

* * Las reuniones están sujetas a cambios debido a días festivos, retiro anual de la junta en enero **.  Notificación de cambios se darán a conocer 24 hours antes de la reunión. Llame al 928-679-7135 o envíe un correo electrónico a Susie Garretson at para la próxima fecha de reunión.

CHAC sirve como enlace oficial y nexos de comunicación entre la comunidad hispana y la Junta de Supervisores del Condado de Coconino, así que por favor traiga cualquier preocupación que pueda tener acerca de la igualdad de oportunidades de educación, empleo justo, la justicia de menores, la representación política y otros temas.

CHAC es un partidario del Ballet Folklórico de Colores – Flagstaff, Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces, la Convocación Hispana en la Universidad del Norte de Arizona, la Asociación de Vecinos de Sunnyside de Flagstaff y otras organizaciones.

** En lugar de una reunión, CHAC llevará a cabo un retiro de planificación en enero.

CANCELED — Eric Chavez, grandson of UFW founder, to be guest speaker at CHAC’s César E. Chávez Recognition Awards on March 27

Editor’s note: The Sixth annual César E. Chávez Community Recognition Breakfast has been canceled due to concern over the impact of Covid-19. Please visit for the latest information.

FLAGSTAFF — Eric Chavez, grandson of United Farmworkers of America founder César E. Chávez, will be the guest speaker at the Sixth annual César E. Chávez Community Recognition Breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday, March 27, 2020 at American Legion Post 3, 204 W. Birch Ave., Flagstaff.

The event, presented by the Coconino County Hispanic Advisory Council (CHAC), with the support of Coconino County and the Coconino County Public Works, honors Coconino County Hispanic community and student leaders. Doors open at 6:30 a.m. with the program beginning promptly at 7:30 a.m.

Eric Chavez, director of communications for the Chavez Institute for Social Justice, grew up as the eldest grandson of César E. Chávez. He born in the middle of a tumultuous period in U.S. history and raised in the heart of a civil rights movement that would change the world. He was encouraged to speak out against wrong and he was taught to take action when it is needed. He has been an active participant and avid supporter who has spoken at hundreds of events across the United States and Mexico on behalf of the movement and legacy of his grandfather.

Eric joined the United Farm Workers of America as an active volunteer in 1991, and as part of his commitment to the Farmworker Movement, he took a vow of poverty for the next three years.  He worked directly with Cesar and other key leaders on organizing projects across the United States including organizing grassroots support for the grape boycott in New York City and lobbing for union support in Washington, D.C., working directly on contemporary issues like immigration, labor and communications.

Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the door. Required reservations are due by 5 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2020. Contact Susan Garretson at or call (928) 679-7135 to make reservations or for more information.