Senate Ad-Hoc Committee on Indian Affairs holds first meeting

Sen. Carlyle Begay (D), center, chairs the first meeting of the Arizona Senate Ad-Hoc Committee on Indian Affairs on July 15, 2015. Photo from Facebook

The new Arizona Senate Ad-Hoc Committee on Indian Affairs held its first meeting on July 15.

The committee is composed of six lawmakers and four tribal leaders. They largely focused on education for their first meeting at the state capitol in Phoenix.

“This committee seeks to improve communications and build a sense of trust between Arizona’s tribal citizens, communities and governments," said Sen. Carlyle Begay (D), a member of the Navajo Nation who serves as chair of the committee, The Eastern Arizona Courier reported.

Besides Carlyle, the lawmakers on the committee are: Sen. Sylvia Allen (R), Sen. Barbara McGuire (D), Sen. Lynne Pancrazi (D), Sen. Don Shooter (R) and Sen. Kelli Ward (R).

The tribal leaders on the committee are: Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis of the Gila River Indian Community, Chairman Edward D. Manuel of the Tohono O'odham Nation, Chairman Terry Rambler of the San Carlos Apache Tribe and President Delbert Ray of the Salt River-Pima Maricopa Indian Community.

The committee's next meeting takes place August 15.

Get the Story:
New Senate committee incorporates tribes into policymaking (The Eastern Arizona Courier 7/30)
State and Tribal Leaders Hold First Senate Committee Meeting On Indian Country Issues (KJZZ 7/15)

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