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Kirkpatrick endorsed by Arizona tribal leaders

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PRESCOTT, Ariz. – Former prosecutor and state legislator Ann Kirkpatrick, candidate to represent Arizona’s 1st Congressional District Oct. 14 announced that her campaign has received the endorsements of Navajo Nation President Joe Shirley Jr., San Carlos Apache Chairman Wendsler Nosie and White Mountain Apache Chairman Ronnie Lupe.

Long an advocate of tribal issues, Kirkpatrick was born and raised on the White Mountain Apache Nation and represented all of the Navajo Nation in the state of Arizona as a state legislator.

The tribal leaders pointed to Kirkpatrick’s extensive leadership and experience that will make her an effective leader for tribal and non-tribal communities.

“As president of the Navajo Nation, I am very proud to endorse our former representative in the state legislature, Ann Kirkpatrick, for Congress,” Shirley said. “Ann has always remained committed to the issues important to Native communities and will be a strong voice for change in Washington. I look forward to working closely with her in Congress to bring back the resources to address our critical health, education and infrastructure needs.”

“The San Carlos Apache Tribal Council and I, as chairman, endorse Ann Kirkpatrick for her knowledge, wisdom and understanding of rural areas and their unique interests,” Nosie said. “We wholeheartedly believe she will be an effective asset when elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.”

“Ann Kirkpatrick has the understanding and capability to represent the White Mountain Apache Tribe effectively in Washington,” said Lupe. “Growing up in the White Mountains, Ann has firsthand knowledge about the important issues affecting the district’s tribal communities and will be a strong advocate in Congress. I look forward to working with Ann to build our relationship with the federal government in order to deliver the resources to create good paying jobs, and improve health and education services.”

“I am very pleased to receive the endorsements of President Shirley, Chairman Nosie and Chairman Lupe,” Kirkpatrick said. “Throughout my career, I have been committed to delivering for our Native American communities and defending tribal sovereignty. In Congress, I will bring back federal dollars to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, improve our schools, and provide health care for everyone on tribal lands.

“Far too many are without basic necessities like running water and electricity. We need the kind of leadership in Washington that can tell the story of the day-to-day struggles of our native communities and mobilize Congress into action.”

Kirkpatrick’s bid for Congress has already received tremendous support from tribal communities, including the endorsement of former Navajo Nation President Peterson Zah, the Western Navajo Agency Council, former Executive Director of the Arizona Commission of Indian Affairs Ron Lee, Apache County School Superintendent Pauline Begay, Navajo County Supervisor Percy Deal, Navajo County Supervisor Jess Thompson, Apache County Supervisor Tom White and former State Sen. Jack Jackson, Kirkpatrick has also received the endorsement of delegates from the Fort Defiance, Chinle, Dilcon, Teetso, Chilchinbeto, Kayenta, Ganado, Kinlichee, La Chee, Many Farms and Round Rock chapters.

While serving in the state Legislature, Kirkpatrick had a proven track record of support for Native communities, which included working to expand telecommunications and infrastructure throughout tribal lands. In addition, she sponsored legislation to establish a division of Indian education in the Department of Education, to increase funding for Navajo veterans’ housing, and to increase funding for diabetes prevention