Steele to serve on the National Caucus of Native American State Legislators Executive Committee
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – At the annual meeting of the National Caucus of Native American State Legislators this week, members elected Rep. Victoria Steele, D-Tucson (District 9), to serve on the organization’s executive committee as secretary.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to be on the executive committee of this organization,” Steele said. “As a professional counselor, I have spent much of my career building a bridge of respect and understanding between cultures.”
With more than 70 members from 17 states, the National Caucus of Native American State Legislators is a discussion forum for Native American legislators working to increase awareness of the diverse Native American cultures. It also serves as an advisory committee for the National Caucus of State Legislators on issues affecting Native Americans.
Steele, whose ancestors are Seneca, Mingo and German, added that she is particularly interested in the organization’s focus on the development of inclusive policies. She has experience in this arena. Steele created the Native Ways program at a residential treatment center in Tucson.
“The program became a model of culturally appropriate mental health and substance abuse treatment,” Steele said. “That experience showed me that it is possible to create culturally competent public policy. I am looking forward to being more involved with the National Caucus of Native American State Legislators and continuing to develop meaningful policy. Ultimately, it will allow me to better serve my wonderfully diverse community.”
For more information on the National Caucus of Native American State Legislators, go to www.ncsl.org/research/state-tribal-institute/national-caucus-native-american-state-legislators.aspx.