STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX - Senator Peshlakai released the following statement after her bill SB1235 was signed by Governor Ducey, establishing June 2nd as Native American Day and an official Arizona state unpaid holiday. With an enactment date of 90 days after the end of the legislative session, Arizona will celebrate the inaugural Native American Day on June 2nd, 2019.
"It is an immense honor to have my bill passed by the Legislature and signed by the governor, creating an official state holiday that honors Arizona's 22 sovereign tribal nations and their members," said Senator Peshlakai.
"Our indigenous people have called these lands home for millennia, from the Four Corners to the Colorado delta and everywhere in between. Our ancestors built towering cliff dwellings and the great canals that still irrigate the Valley of the Sun. We have fought overseas for our country and we drive innovation that will lead Arizona forward.
"The native peoples of Arizona are an integral part of Arizona's history, its culture and its future. I look forward to the inaugural celebration of Arizona's Native American Day next year and thank my colleagues and the governor for their support in making this happen. Ahe'hee'."