Chairman Beauty Addresses Arizona State Legislature - Rez Media Group
Sharing is CaringThe Arizona Commission on Indian Affairs held its annual Arizona Indian Nations Day at the state capitol on January 20. The Commission launched its first Indian Nations Day at the state capitol in 1995, and for the past twenty years, has committed to providing Arizona tribes with an opportunity to meet state legislators, create awareness about tribal issues and have a consistent presence in state government. During this year’s event, Yavapai-Apache Nation Chairman Thomas Beauty was invited to address the Arizona State Legislatures joint session. The day began with a breakfast event held at Phoenix Art Museum, hosted by the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona and the Arizona Indian Gaming Association. The breakfast featured the recognition of tribal leaders, guest speakers and provided a brief orientation for tribal delegations about protocol at the state capitol. During his address, Chairman Beauty reminded the legislature that there has been a long history of adversity and separation between the state and tribes, and in order to create a better Arizona, both tribes and the state must come forward with a willingness to discuss governmental differences and work together. Chairman Beauty’s address featured four (4) issues that impact Arizona tribes [...]