(Maricopa, Ariz.) – On Tuesday, April 24 – Thursday, April 26, Council members from the Ak-Chin Indian Community will be traveling to Washington D.C. for Congressional Week with the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA) and the Arizona Indian Gaming Association (AIGA). With a purpose of convening tribal leaders to collectively advocate on issues specific to Arizona tribes and to provide a forum for tribal leaders to speak with key senators, representatives and administrative officials, the main issues to be addressed include appropriations (such as BIA and IHS), education, Indian health care, energy and cultural resources, among other topics.
“Having these meetings and open forums with U.S. government officials are vital to the continuation and development of our tribes in Arizona,” said Chairman Louis J. Manuel Jr. “While we all often face similar issues when it comes to health care, law enforcement and education, it will also be important for us to focus on the specific needs of the Ak-Chin Indian Community, such as water rights, self-governance and the Navajo Generating Station,” said Manuel.
The itinerary for tribal officials while in D.C. includes legislative briefings, administration meetings, the Arizona congressional delegation, a reception on the Hill, followed by House meetings and one-on-one meetings.
About Ak-Chin Indian Community:
The Ak-Chin Indian Community is nestled into the Santa Cruz Valley of Southern Arizona. The Community lies 58 miles south of Phoenix in the northwestern part of Pinal County. Ak-Chin is an O'odham word translated to mean "mouth of the wash" or "place where the wash loses itself in the sand or ground.” Ak-Chin has an enrollment of more than 850 tribal members.
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