Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Mon, July 06

Arizona Commission of Indian Affairs to hold 26th Annual Arizona Indian Town Hall

PHOENIX - The Arizona Commission of Indian Affairs (ACIA) will host the 26th annual Arizona Indian Town Hall, “Preserving Arizona’s Tribal Cultural Resources, Sites and Languages” on June 5-7, at the Double Tree Paradise Valley Resort, Scottsdale, Arizona.

This year’s theme is one that is sure to spark much interest and debate: the issues surrounding the preservation of tribal cultural sites throughout Arizona.

“Tribes have always recognized that the controversy with sacred sites has been an issue for many tribes,” said ACIA Board President Paul Nosie Jr. “Recently, tribes have experienced an emotional controversy with the planned expansion of the Snowbowl in Flagstaff.”

Other issues that have arisen over the past years include the disposition of ceremonial artifacts and human remains discovered by non-Indians and sent to institutions across the United States; the rapid increase in development, which is exposing more and more tribal village, cultural and burial sites; and theft of tribal artifacts by dealers and collectors.

Participants in the Arizona Indian Town Hall will discuss these and other policy issues in an intensive two-day forum. This year’s discussions will center on policy issues related to protection of sacred places, language, cultural education and preservation strategies, and so will appeal to elected and appointed officials, policy advisors, tribal elders, community leaders, intergovernmental officials, students, and historical/cultural preservation managers. However, the Indian Town Hall welcomes all citizens who wish to participate.

The Arizona Indian Town Hall is committed to the vital mission of developing practical solutions to state-tribal issues.

Previous Indian Town Halls have brought together tribal, state, local and federal agencies and private sector representatives to make recommendations on issues ranging from tourism and economic development to cultural preservation.

This year is no exception as ACIA continues to focus on enhancing intergovernmental relations between the State of Arizona and the Indian Tribes and Nations.

Sponsorship opportunities are available; contact ACIA for more information. Indian Town Hall sponsors enjoy exposure to a wide variety of communities, policy makers and other officials.

For more information on the 26th Annual Arizona Indian Town Hall or other ACIA programs, contact ACIA Project Specialist Vera Phillips at 602-542-3123 or email vera.phillips@indianaffairs.state.az.us.

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