A 21-year-old tribal member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Joaquin Muņoz is currently working toward a degree in political science at Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona. He is also employed by the Carl Hayden Bee Research Center.
Muņoz presented on the topic of Indian student retention programs through the use of innovative modes at the 20th Annual American Indian Science and Engineering Society meeting in Denver, CO in 1998. He also discussed his experiences as a key member of a team that established the first bee apiary on reservation land as a joint effort between two Tucson area school districts, the University of Arizona and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He is working toward establishing an apiary on the Yaqui Reservation, as well as an apiary in Sonora, Mexico, which is the Yaqui tribal homeland.
Muņoz has made several presentations throughout the southwest on a variety of topics, ranging from his experiences as a youth ambassador to Israel to youth violence and gang prevention. A spiritual leader on the Yaqui Reservation, Munoz is returning for his fourth year as a Conference on World Affairs participant.