June Date Eyed for Annual Native American Day in the State of Arizona

March 16, 2018


Christopher Lomahquahu

Gila River Indian News


State legislation takes one more step towards making a day in June set aside to recognize the contributions of Native American’s across Arizona.


Senator Jamescita Peshlakai introduced Senate Bill 1235, at a legislative session on Jan. 18 in an effort to have a day set aside as “Native American Day.”


The bill gained enough traction in the senate to receive its first amendment, changing the original date of July 15 to June 2.


If passed, the bill sets a precedence, because as with most cities and states nationwide, they have adopted Columbus Day in October to serve that purpose.


According to the bill’s description it said, “In light of the injustices and genocide, Native American inhabitants have persevered and continue to make great contributions to this state and the United States.”

If adopted, the state will join the City of Phoenix, in recognizing its Native American population.


In 2016, the Phoenix City Council voted to observe Indigenous Peoples’ Day in place of Columbus Day, which is held every October.