Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Hale working to add American Indian representation to State Transportation Board

Hale working to add American Indian representation to State Transportation Board

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Albert Hale, D-St. Michaels (District 7), is working to add a representative from an Indian Nation to the State Transportation Board.

“We need to have a representative for our Native American constituents. There are more than 1,200 miles of highway that traverse Indian Nations,” said Hale. “Yet, all too often we are underrepresented, and changing legislation like this allows Native Americans to have a voice. Historically, the State Transportation Board has neglected the transportation needs of the Indian Nations in Arizona.”


Recently, Hale introduced HB 2523. This bill would require that the board include a representative from an Indian Nation. The board is responsible for planning for the transportation needs of the state. The population of the 22 federally recognized Indian Nations in Arizona exceeded 250,000 in 2000. These Indian Nations have unique transportation needs that are not currently being met. HB 2523 would help correct that.

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