State passes Native American Day bill

April 20, 2018


Christopher Lomahquahu

Gila River Indian News



State law makers passed the bill establishing an official day as Native American Day in June. 

On April 5, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed Senate Bill 1235 into law, making June 2 Native American Day. 


In previous updates about the bill, it was introduced by state Senator Jamescita Peshlakai (D) earlier this year, as the bill made its way through the senate, with only one revision. 


According to an official press release from Gov. Ducey’s office, it said, “Arizona’s Native American tribes have played a significant role in shaping our state’s unique history.”


Supported by 25 other senators, SB 1235 was passed with an overwhelming vote of 56 in favor and 0 not in favor of the bill. 


Additionally the press release said, “It’s important that we continue to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of Native Americans have made and continue to make to our state.”