Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Senate passes three measures from Senator Peshlakai to honor Native American veterans

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – The Arizona State Senate today passed the last of three memorials introduced by Senator Jamescita Peshlakai that urge the Arizona Department of Transportation to designate portions of highways in northeastern Arizona in honor of Native American veterans. The memorials have been transmitted to the Arizona House of Representatives for final approval.

SCM 1013 urges designating the portion of U.S. Route 89 that is located between the Utah state line and Flagstaff as the "Native American Veterans Highway."

SCM 1014 urges designating the portions of State Highway 264 that fall under Navajo jurisdiction as the "Navajo Code Talker Highway" and the portions that fall under Hopi jurisdiction as the "Hopi Code Talker Highway."

SCM 1015 urges designating the portion of U.S. Route 160 that is located between the New Mexico state line and the junction of U.S. Route 89 as the "Native American Women Veterans Highway."
Sen. Peshlakai

"Arizona is home to almost 11,000 living Native American veterans like myself - men and women who have served our country with honor and dignity, including our beloved World War II Code Talkers," said Senator Peshlakai.

"By designating these sections of state highway in honor of their service and the service of those who are no longer with us, we will show the residents of northeastern Arizona and our visitors that our Native communities have and still do play a vital role in protecting our country. I sincerely hope my colleagues in the House of Representatives pass these memorials and ADOT acts on the Legislature's wish to designate these portions of highway in honor of Native American veterans."

Arizona State Senator Jamescita Mae Peshlakai represents Legislative District 7. The culturally diverse district spans the seven counties of Apache, Coconino, Gila, Graham, Mohave, Navajo, and Pinal — including nine tribes and the communities of Fredonia, Page, Winslow, Show Low, St. Johns, Eagar, and Springerville — and is the largest legislative district in the contiguous United States.

Monday, March 19, 2018

U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholds DACA recipients' rights

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Senator Catherine Miranda (LD-27) released the following statement following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to require that Arizona continue issuing drivers licenses to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.
Sen. Miranda

"Today's decision by the U.S. Supreme Court not to overturn a lower court ruling finally brings to an end the bitter Brewer v. Arizona Dream Act Coalition case. Through two governors and countless wasted taxpayer dollars, the state of Arizona's mean-spirited attempt to deny our young DACA recipients driver’s licenses served only to sow division and hate in our communities. That is why I ran legislation in 2013 to reverse former Governor Brewer's executive order," said Senator Miranda.

"This makes the second time in recent weeks that the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to uphold attacks against the DACA program and the hard-working young adults who contribute to our state. Our federal and state governments should acknowledge their importance to our communities and enact legislation to permanently protect them and provide them a path to citizenship, rather than making them scapegoats for partisan points."

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Peshlakai's SB1235 passes Senate, would create official Native American Day

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Senator Peshlakai released the following statement after her bill SB1235 passed out of the Senate. SB1235 would establish June 2nd as Native American Day and an official Arizona state unpaid holiday. 

Currently, California, Nevada and South Dakota have declared Native American Day an official state holiday and Tennessee celebrates American Indian Day.
Sen. Peshlakai

"I'm deeply proud that my bill to create an official state Native American Day passed out of the Senate today. Twenty-two tribes are currently recognized in Arizona and tribal reservation land covers over a quarter of the state. An estimated five to six percent of Arizona’s total population is of Native American ancestry making it the second largest Native American population in the U.S.

"Before 1924, Native Americans were not U.S. citizens and we didn't earn the right to vote in Arizona until 1948. With over 390,000 tribal members in Arizona and almost 11,000 veterans, it's long past time we recognize the contributions Native Americans have made to our state's history and the important role we play in its future. Arizona's Native American Day is a good start and I hope my colleagues in the House will approve my bill and send it to the governor."

Arizona State Sen. Jamescita Mae Peshlakai represents Legislative District 7. The culturally diverse district spans the seven counties of Apache, Coconino, Gila, Graham, Mohave, Navajo, and Pinal — including nine tribes and the communities of Fredonia, Page, Winslow, Show Low, St. Johns, Eagar, and Springerville — and is the largest legislative district in the contiguous United States.