Arizona: Governor Katie Hobbs Co-Hosts First State Tribal Summit With Focus on Economic Development

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~ On Tuesday, September 12, Arizona Tribal leaders and Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs convened to discuss how to create jobs, build businesses, and grow the economy. The co-hosts of the event included the Arizona Governor's Office on Tribal Relations, Grand Canyon National Park, and Grand Canyon Conservancy.

Governor Hobbs expressed her commitment to building strong relationships with the 22 tribal nations and communities in Arizona. She stated that her administration is working with tribal governments to address problems that affect their communities and the state in order to ensure they have access to necessary infrastructure for economic development.

Grand Canyon National Park Superintendent Ed Keable spoke about strengthening Tribal and State partnerships and building a shared vision for responsible and sustainable economic development and tourism. Representatives of the National Park Service and Grand Canyon Conservancy discussed their initiatives to preserve cultural heritage at the Grand Canyon. Tribal leaders shared their top priorities and projects.

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The attendees were given a tour of the Desert View Inter-tribal Cultural Heritage Site, which is located at a national park. This site allows 11 tribes traditionally associated with the Grand Canyon region to raise awareness and appreciation of their history and diverse cultures in the area. Diana Sue Uqualla (Havasupai Tribe) offered a blessing at the convening.

Other speakers included Jason Chavez, director of Tribal Affairs; Theresa McMullan, CEO of Grand Canyon Conservancy; Lisa Urias, director of the Arizona Office of Tourism; Jackie Johnson, director of the Arizona Department of Gaming; as well as Jason Coochwytewa who provided a welcome statement and introduction of Tribal leaders and guests.

The goal was for all parties involved to address mutual interests and explore opportunities for responsible tourism as well as other initiatives that benefit both Tribal communities and the state.

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