During the 29th Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day (INTLG), which was held on January 10th in Phoenix at the Arizona State Capitol, UArizona Indigenous Resilience Center (IRes) was recognized on the Senate floor by Senator Sally Gonzales and Senator Hatalthie in the afternoon session following the INTLG Resource Fair and Joint-Protocol Session hosted by the House of Representatives.
Senator Hatalthie introduced Dr. Karletta Chief, Director of IRes, and Senator Gonzales recognized IRes for their work with the tribes to co-develop solutions to environmental challenges within the nexus of food, energy and water. IRes’ team in attendance, including Dr. Chief, Director of the Center, Danny Sestiaga, Program Manager, Bernice Rodriguez, Program Coordinator, Torran Anderson, Outreach Coordinator, and Miguel Flores Jr., IRes Board Member, received a standing ovation by the members of the AZ Senate, staff and visitors.
Dr. Chief shared that “IRes was truly honored to be recognized on the Senate floor by Senator Sally Gonzales and Senator Hatalthie. We are thankful for their support and inspired by their leadership. We look forward to following up on the connections we made at the Arizona Tribal Legislative Day!”
For a recording of this Senate session view the video here – IRes recognition starts at time mark 13:05.