Salt River youth help Arizona governor light state tree
Youth from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community helped Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (D) light the State Capitol’s Christmas tree on Monday.

Jose Martinez, president of the Young River People’s Council, gave a prayer and students from the Salt River Elementary School sang holiday carols, Cronkite News Service reported.

“I like to sing and dress up,” fifth-grader Nate Adams told Cronkite. “It was really fun to see the governor, and I like being with my friends.”

The tree contains a Native ornament and others to symbolize Hanukkah and Kwanzaa.

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Native American youths help Brewer light Capitol Christmas tree (Cronkite News Service 11/30)