Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Statement from Hale on Navajo Nation Veterans Housing Project

Statement from Hale on Navajo Nation Veterans Housing Project

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Albert Hale, D-St. Michaels (District 7), released this statement today after the House Public Safety, Military and Regulatory Affairs Committee passed HB 2208, a bill that would appropriate $929,500 for the Navajo Nation Veterans Housing Project to build 75 homes for veterans.

“I would like to offer my gratitude to Rep. Sonny Borrelli for sponsoring this legislation and for being a champion for the Navajo Nation Veterans Housing Project, which was created to provide homes for indigent and homeless veterans. I would also like to thank all the members of the House Public Safety, Military and Regulatory Affairs Committee who supported this legislation.

“This bill would do a positive thing by providing housing for the many veterans in our American Indian communities who need assistance. It also highlights another issue. Native Americans are citizens of their native nations but they are also citizens of Arizona.  Yet we are often forgotten in conversations about services that are extended to others in our state. We should not have to ask for a separate appropriation for Native Americans to get the support and benefits they are entitled to. I will continue to be a voice for Native American communities at the Capitol and will advocate for more inclusive legislation.”

Rep. Hale is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation. He was born in Ganado and raised in Klagetoh, Arizona. He is Ashiihi (Salt), born for Todichiini (Bitter Water). His maternal grandparents are Hanaghani (Walk About clan). His paternal grandparents are Kiyanii (Tall House clan). He is a 1969 graduate of Fort Wingate High School, a Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding school located east of Gallup, New Mexico. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona (1973), and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico (1977), and an honorary Juris Doctor degree from Phoenix School of Law (2012).  He is the former President of the Navajo Nation.


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