Coconino County, Navajo Nation to co-host Arizona legislative summit

TUBA CITY, Ariz. - This Thursday and Friday, District 5 County Supervisor Lena Fowler and Navajo Nation Community Development Division Director Arbin Mitchell will co-host the second Annual Arizona Legislative Summit.

This event will be facilitated in collaboration with Representative Chris Deschene, Representative Tom Chabin, and Senator Albert Hale. Supervisor Fowler hopes the event will be well-attended, stating, "Because the next legislative session is fast approaching, we are urging each Navajo chapter to attend and bring issues facing their communities to the attention of the legislature."

This summit was organized specifically for the 54 Navajo Nation chapter officials and Navajo Nation tribal departments within the state of Arizona. However, the event is open to all citizens and organizations within Arizona Legislative District 2.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the Arizona legislative process, learn about critical legislative issues, learn tools of communication and meet one-on-one with the District 2 legislators and Arizona tribal liaisons. Rep. Deschene says, "Given the financial problems of the state we do believe that it is very important for our Native communities to continue to voice their concerns and maintain an active presence at the state capitol."

The goal of the summit is to create a better working relationship with the state of Arizona including the tribal and legislative liaisons from each department. All co-sponsors have asked the tribal liaisons to participate by conducting presentations on their respective departments.

The format will include break out sessions and panel discussions. Presentations include: Arizona Legislative Process; Arizona Budget Overview; and Upcoming Legislative Prospectus and Priorities, among others.

The Legislative Summit will be held at the Moenkopi Legacy Inn from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (DST) tomorrow and Friday. Registration will take place from 8-9 a.m. DST. Pre-registration is encouraged via email.

If you need further information or have any questions, contact Supervisor Fowler's office at (928) 283-4518 or email Luvina Bilagody/Loreal Scott at lbilagody@coconino.az.gov or lscott@coconino.az.gov.

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