A tribal member of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Joaquin Muņoz is currently attending Pima Community College in Tucson Arizona, where he is working toward a degree in political science. He also is employed part-time by the Carl Hayden Bee Research Center.
At the 20th Annual American Indian Science and Engineering Society meeting in Denver, Colorado in 1998, Muņoz presented on the topic of Indian student retention programs through the use of innovative modes. His presentation also included his experiences while a key member of a team that established the first bee apiary on reservation land in 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 in the southern U.S. on a variety of topics, ranging from his experiences as a youth ambassador to Israel to youth violence and gang prevention. Muņoz is a spiritual leader on the Yaqui Reservation. He is returning for his fifth year as a CWA participant.