Office on Tribal Relations

Office on Tribal Relations

Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day



The Office on Tribal Relations, in cooperation with representatives from the state's Indian nations, facilitates an Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day on Wednesday of the first week of each regular legislative session.

In accordance with A.R.S. § 41-2053, the Office plans and prepares the legislative day with the president of the senate, the speaker of the house of representatives and legislators who are native American. The senate shall host the legislative day in odd-numbered years and the house of representatives shall host the legislative day in even-numbered years. The hosting chamber shall hold a joint session of the legislature.

The office shall invite the legislature and other elected officials to pay tribute to the history and culture of the American Indian peoples and their contributions to the prosperity and cultural diversity of the United States.

The office shall schedule activities and discussions between state and Indian nations and tribal leaders on issues in which the state and Indian nations and tribes share a common interest or jurisdiction.

Indian nations and tribes legislative day is not a legal holiday.

The Office on Tribal Relations, in partnership with the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA) and AZ Indian Gaming Association (AIGA), invite you to participate in the 22nd Annual Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. 

We extend to you the opportunity to pay tribute to the history and culture of the American Indian peoples and their contributions to the prosperity and cultural diversity of, not only the United States, but the State of Arizona.

As sovereign nations, Tribal Nations and Communities are relevant and major contributors to local economies and share a unique government-to-government relationship with the State of Arizona and the United States federal government. We hope that you take the opportunity to learn from tribal and state officials during this important event.

The Arizona Department of Agriculture plans to host a Tribal Food Summit on January 11th from 1:30pm - 3:30pm in the 3rd floor of the State Capitol Museum. Areas for discussion to include:

  • Food Deserts
  • Livestock
  • Horticulture
  • Farming and More!

The Department endeavors to establish an Executive Committee to make recommendations and identify best practices on Indigenous Farming techniques. This committee would meet quarterly and discuss the significance of native produces and growers. To ensure robust conversation, we respectfully request your input on an important survey to establish a baseline for discussion.

As in years past, Native Youth Know (NYK) program is available to students grades 7-12. Please visit the NYK site or call our office 602.542.4426 for more information.


Thank You to our 2017 Sponsors 


Theme: Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Registration: 393signed in (exhibitors, NYK, pre-registered), 160 no shows
Lunch:371 registered participants, 4 legislators
Exhibitors: 41
Youth Groups: 14 (77 students and 18 chaperones)
Tribes represented: 14
Note from Tribal Food Summit: Food Insecurity in AZ and on Tribal Land, Collaborative Pesticide Safety Programs

2016 RESULTS                                                                                                                    
Theme: Public Safety and Substance Abuse Prevention
Registration: 345 signed in; 126 no shows; 75 students, 24 Chaperones, 19 Volunteers
Lunch:  384 registered participants, 27 legislators
Exhibitors: 43 organizations (23 focused on Public Safety and Substance Abuse)
Tribes represented:  15
Signed in for Informational Session:  71

Theme: Health and Wellness
Registration: 286 signed in, 115 no shows, 14 Youth Groups (or 109 students) and 25 Chaperones.
Lunch: 239 registered participants, 32 legislators
Exhibitors: 36 organizations (26 focused on health and wellness)
Tribes represented: 15
Notes from Seminar: Culturally Sensitive Suicide Prevention

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Photo Gallery (Courtesy of Mr. Tony Gottlob)