|PHOENIX – Today, Arizonans honor the 22 tribal communities across our state and celebrate the contributions that Native Americans have made to Arizona. While we observe the profound impact Native Americans have had, we must also reflect on the centuries of cruelty, violence, and injustice that were brought upon these communities. We must never forget the sinister elements of our history and our government’s past wrongdoing, and we must continue to strengthen Tribal sovereignty and support the self-determination of Tribal Nations.
In that spirit, Arizona Democratic Party Native American Outreach Manager, Rachel Hood, issued the following statement:
“This is a proud moment in history and it is evident that despite the trying times we live in, progress is being made.
Today, instead of celebrating a man who committed horrific atrocities on indigenous people, we instead commemorate the contributions of Native American and Indigenous people.
Today, there are 17 Native American and Indigenous descendants running as Democratic candidates in Arizona, the highest number to ever run for office in our state.
Today, Native Americans are voting to bring meaningful change to our state by electing leaders that will prioritize tribal community issues. We have witnessed the toll COVID-19 has had on Tribal Communities and voters recognize that we remain serious about taking this colossal challenge head-on.
Today, tomorrow, and in the days ahead Arizona Democrats will continue to stand with Indian Country and fight to expand opportunities for Native Americans. Háníg’m.”