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Arizona Indigenous People's Caucus

The Arizona Indigenous People’s Caucus has elected Senator Jamescita Peshlakai as Chair, and Representative Myron Tsosie as Vice Chair for the 55th Legislative Session.

“I would like to express my deep gratitude to my colleagues for electing me as your Chair and for voting for Representative Tsosie as your Vice Chair. I am honored and will do my best to serve you as your Chairwoman, " said Senator Peshlakai. "I am eager to get to work and represent the voices of Arizona’s Indigenous communities, especially in the time of a global pandemic. As a member of the Navajo Nation I have seen firsthand the devastation this pandemic has wrought upon Tribal Nations. I am ready to work with my colleagues to ensure that the voices of Arizona's Indigenous people are heard in the halls of our state Legislature."

It is a great honor to serve as the Vice Chair of the Indigenous People’s Caucus, " said Representative Tsosi."As a fifth generation grandchild of Chief Barboncito (Navajo Leader) I am reminded of the leadership he displayed during the negotiations of the Treaty of 1868, which gave the Navajos the opportunity to return back to the homeland, Dinetah. I look forward to working with all Tribal Nations in Arizona in advocating & addressing Tribal affairs, such as the needs to support health care facilities with supplies to distribute COVID vaccine. We will work together as a caucus to rebuild bridges between our Tribal Nations and the State Legislature as there has been a disconnect for far too long."

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