Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Peshlakai introduces House Concurrent Memorials to commemorate Native American veterans

Peshlakai introduces House Concurrent Memorials to commemorate Native American veterans

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Jamescita Peshlakai, D-Cameron (District 7), recently introduced a series of House Concurrent Memorials to commemorate the Native American veterans of Arizona.

A House Concurrent Memorial is a formal request to act on an issue that the Arizona Legislature does not have jurisdiction to act upon itself. Peshlakai’s legislation asks the Arizona Department of Transportation to adopt new names for some portions of highways on tribal lands in Arizona.

“Our Native American veterans have fought on the frontlines for the protection of our nation, and their contributions have often gone unrecognized,” Peshlakai said. “It is my intent to honor the service and sacrifice of Native Americans in the U.S. Armed Forces by renaming these roads.”

A summary of these memorials is below:

HCM 2002 – Navajo code talker trail; highway
Names the portion of Interstate Highway 40 located between the New Mexico state line and Flagstaff as the Navajo Code Talker Trail

HCM 2003 Native American code talker highway
Names the portion of State Highway 264 located between Tuba City and Window Rock as the Native American Code Talker Highway

HCM 2004 Native American women veterans highway
Names the portion of U.S. Route 160 located between the New Mexico state line and the junction of U.S. Route 89 as the Native American Women Veterans Highway

HCM 2005 Native American veterans highway
Names the portion of U.S. Route 89 located between the Utah state line and Flagstaff as the Native American Veterans Highway

“I urge ADOT to help with this effort to create more awareness about the sacrifices made by and to pay tribute to the Native Americans who served our country,” Peshlakai said. “Additionally, I hope this will encourage more Native American leaders to create historic memorials to honor the contributions of Native American people around the state.”


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