Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Arizona House of Representatives honors former Sen. Arthur J. Hubbard Sr.

Arizona House of Representatives honors

former Sen. Arthur J. Hubbard Sr.

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Today the House of Representatives unanimously adopted a resolution introduced by Rep. Albert Hale, D-St. Michaels (District 7), and members of the Native American Caucus to honor former Sen. Arthur J. Hubbard Sr., who passed away this month at the age of 102.

Arthur J. Hubbard Sr. was born Jan. 23, 1912 in Topawa, Ariz. on the Tohono O’odham Nation and later served as a Navajo Code Talker during World War II. He was the first American Indian to ever be elected to the Arizona Senate, where he served for 12 years. He was recognized for his tremendous contributions to the welfare, education, and health of Arizona Native American Tribes.

Members of the Native American Caucus issued the following statements regarding the passing of former Sen. Hubbard:

Sen. Carlyle Begay, D-Ganado (District 7):

“Our nation, state and Navajo citizens were truly honored to have had such a highly distinguished Navajo leader who fought for our nation, both as a Navajo Code Talker and as an Arizona State Senator. He laid the foundation that many after him have followed as a true voice and advocate for tribal communities throughout Arizona. We will always honor and cherish his sacrifices that have made our state stronger.”

Rep. Sally Ann Gonzales, D-Tucson (District 3):

“I am saddened to hear of Sen. Arthur J. Hubbard Sr.’s passing. I praise his service to the State of Arizona, to his constituents and to all Native Americans in Arizona. Sen. Hubbard and I shared the honor of being the first Native Americans to be elected to the Arizona State Legislature. In 1972, he was the first Native American male to be elected, and in 1996 I was the first Native American female to be elected. I offer my most sincere condolences to his family and friends.”

Rep. Albert Hale, D-St. Michaels (District 7)

“Former State Sen. Arthur J. Hubbard Sr. is a trailblazer. He opened doors that presented opportunities for Native Americans to participate in elections and to run as candidates for state and county offices. He lived a long life. His footprints are no more. But the memories of who he was and what he contributed to Native American citizens and citizens of Arizona will long be remembered.”

Rep. Jamescita Peshlakai, D-Cameron (District 7):

“Our state and nation owe a debt of gratitude for the contributions of Sen. Arthur J. Hubbard Sr., our grandfather, father, warrior, U.S. Marine and Navajo Code Talker. Sen. Hubbard honored my family and clan by coming to my traditional Diné wedding 22 years ago. I will always remember his selfless diplomacy. He was a fine gentleman, great statesman, and a kind friend to many. All is in beauty. Hágoónee' shi naat'áanii.”

 Rep. Victoria Steele, D-Tucson (District 9):

“We mourn the loss of Sen. Arthur J. Hubbard Sr. He was such an honored leader as a state senator, a Navajo Code Talker and a U.S. Marine. He will be missed and always held in the highest of esteem for his significant contributions to Arizona and the United States.”



A copy of the full the resolution, HCR 2038, is available at this link: http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/51leg/2r/bills/hcr2038p.pdf



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