Thursday, February 4, 2016

Arizona Rep Hale continues to work for Native American nations, all Arizonans

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Albert Hale, D-St. Michaels (District 7), introduced legislation to continue in his effort to provide Native American nations with good representation. 

“The state and Native American nations need to work in partnership for the best outcome for our communities. The people who live in Native American nations pay taxes and contribute to our state’s economy; Arizona has a responsibility to contribute to the Native American nations’ infrastructure,” Hale said.

A summary of the bills is below:

HB 2587 - appropriation; Hopi route 60 construction
Provides $3 million for the improvement of Hopi route 60

HB 2588 - water resources; appropriation; Kayenta dam
Designates $1.5 million for the reconstruction of the Kayenta dam

HB 2589 - transportation board; tribal infrastructure; recommendations
Establishes the Tribal Infrastructure Board to work with the state Transportation Board to provide representation to the Native American nations

“I look forward to working with my colleagues in both the House and the Senate to give these issues the attention they deserve,” Hale said.

Rep. Hale is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation. He was born in Ganado and raised in Klagetoh, Arizona. He is Ashiihi (Salt), born for Todichiini (Bitter Water). His maternal grandparents are Hanaghani (Walk About clan). His paternal grandparents are Kiyanii (Tall House clan). He is a 1969 graduate of Fort Wingate High School, a Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding school located east of Gallup, New Mexico. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona (1973), and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico (1977), and an honorary Juris Doctor degree from Phoenix School of Law (2012).  He is the former President of the Navajo Nation.