Making Arizona 'even better'

Yavapai-Apache Nation participates in annual Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day

Thomas Beauty, left, Chairman of the Yavapai-Apache Nation’s Tribal Council, is also president of the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona. At the 21st Annual Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day, Beauty is pictured with Louis Manuel, chairman of the Ak-Chin Indian community and Stephen Lewis, governor of Gila River Nation. (Photo by Don Decker, Yavapai-Apache News)

Thomas Beauty, left, Chairman of the Yavapai-Apache Nation’s Tribal Council, is also president of the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona. At the 21st Annual Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day, Beauty is pictured with Louis Manuel, chairman of the Ak-Chin Indian community and Stephen Lewis, governor of Gila River Nation. (Photo by Don Decker, Yavapai-Apache News)

The 21st Annual Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day was held at the Arizona State Capitol on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Arizona Indian tribes had an opportunity to meet with the Arizona House of Representatives in Phoenix.

"I would like to thank each of you for your commitment to this valuable partnership," said Speaker of the House, David Gowan, Sr. "I am honored to have you here."

Indian tribal leaders, under the auspices of the Arizona Commission on Indian Affairs hosted this event that consisted of a half day meeting with Arizona's leadership in the morning. Besides Gowan, Senate President Andy Biggs gave the opening remarks for the guests.

"I am confident that by working together, we will find solutions to the challenges we face and make Arizona even better," added Gowan.

Featured speakers for Arizona Indian tribes were Louis Manuel, Chairman of the Ak-Chin Indian Community, Stephen Lewis, Governor of Gila River Indian Community and Russell Begaye, President of the Navajo Nation.

Beauty is also the President of the Inter-tribal Council of Arizona who works closely with the Arizona Commission of Indian Affairs.

After a luncheon on the Senate Lawn, an afternoon session on anti-bullying was held that was moderated by Tara Allen from the Arizona Commission of Indian Affairs.

(Don Decker is the editor of the Yavapai-Apache Nation's newspaper, Gah'nahvah/Ya Ti')

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