Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Sat, Feb. 22

ADC honors Native American employees

The Arizona Department of Corrections is honoring its Native American employees by holding a recognition ceremony at the Arizona State Prison Complex on Tuesday, November 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is held in conjunction with Native American Indian Month Celebrations.

Statewide, nearly 200 ADC employees are Native Americans. They represent occupational categories including administrators and administrative support, professionals, technicians, and skilled crafts persons. At ASPC-Winslow, Native Americans account for 11.5 percent of the facility's workforce, the highest among all ADC prisons.

Manuel Shirley, Sr. Dilkon Chapter president; Jerry Freddie, Dilkon Chapter Councilman; Jim Store representing Navajo Nations' President Joe Shirley; Jim Ferguson, Winslow City Administrator were all in attendance .

American Indian Heritage Month was first recognized in 1915 when the president of the Congress of American Indian Associations issued a proclamation declaring the second Saturday in May of each year as American Indian Day. The first American Indian Day was celebrated in May 1916 in New York. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed a joint congressional resolution designating November 1990 as "National American Indian Heritage Month." Similar proclamations have been issued each year.

Situated adjacent to State Highway 87, ASPC-Winslow is located three miles south of the city of Winslow and is the first prison to be constructed in Northern Arizona. The prison opened in 1986. Today, the 1800-bed prison complex includes the Coronado unit (628 Level 2 beds) and Kaibab unit (839 Level 4 beds) in Winslow and the Apache unit (334 Level-2 beds) in St. Johns. ASPC-Winslow employs 400 full time employees; it's FY06 operating budget is $4,928,910 not including payroll.

For further information please contact Bart Graves at (602) 542-3133.

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