Arizona recognizes Native American Heritage Month

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Arizona governor declares November Native American Heritage Month

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Office of Governor Doug Ducey

Governor Doug Ducey declared November 2020 Native American Heritage Month in Arizona to recognize the historical, cultural and economic contributions of Native Americans and the 22 tribal communities across the state.

“Native American communities play a critical role in the growth and prosperity of our state,” said Governor Ducey. “Arizona is enriched by the many diverse contributions from people all across our state, and this month, we are proud to celebrate the Native American community’s vibrant heritage, civic leadership, and history of service to our state and nation."

Arizona is home to 22 Tribal Nations and communities, which comprise approximately 28% of the state’s land base and approximately five percent of Arizona’s population.

Gov. Ducey signed the proclamation today at the state capitol in Phoenix. The proclamation included eight statements in recognition of the Native American community.

"These homelands have existed since time immemorial, we acknowledge the contributions of Native Americans long before the formation of the United States and the entry of the State of Arizona into the union," the Governor's proclamation read.

The document went on to further recognize tribal sovereignty and Native American veterans.

The proclamation includes the following declarations:

  • WHEREAS, Arizona is situated in a diverse and culturally rich region of 22 various Tribal Nations and communities; and
  • WHEREAS, these homelands have existed since time immemorial, we acknowledge the contributions of Native Americans long before the formation of the United States and the entry of the State of Arizona into the union; and
  • WHEREAS, the State of Arizona recognizes the right of these 22 Tribal Nations to exercise sovereign authority, as defined by federal law, over their members and their territory; and
  • WHEREAS, the land of these 22 Tribal Nations comprises approximately 28 percent of Arizona’s land base; and
  • WHEREAS, these tribal members are citizens of our great State, possess all the rights and privileges afforded by Arizona to its citizens, and, along with other American Indians, comprise approximately five percent of Arizona’s population; and
  • WHEREAS, we revere the memory of fallen patriots who have fought to ensure the freedoms afforded to all citizens of the United States; and
  • WHEREAS, we acknowledge the unique challenges faced by American Indians, historically and in the present; and
  • WHEREAS, it benefits the State of Arizona to partner with tribal nations on issues affecting all of Arizona to ensure the vitality of tribal communities and its members.

For more information or to view the full, signed proclamation, visit the Arizona Governor's website.

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