See also: Arizona Commission of Indian Affairs
The Governor’s Office on Tribal Relations was established in 2016, replacing the Arizona Commission of Indian Affairs (created in 1953) and succeeding to the authority, powers, duties and responsibilities of the Commission. Statutory authority is found at A.R.S. §§41-2051 through 41-2054.
The Governor’s Office on Tribal Relations was established to assist and support Arizona tribal nations and communities and to enhance government-to-government relations among the tribal nations. (Laws 2016, Chapter 150, Purpose clause) The measure outlines state agency responsibilities relating to tribal consultation and outreach activities, developing mutually acceptable solutions, and seeking input before taking action that will affect a tribal community or its members. An annual progress report on policies is required from each state agency, submitted electronically, to the Office. The Governor is required to conduct an annual summit with the leaders of the state’s 22 tribal nations and communities. The Office is authorized to: request information from state and local public officers and employees; evaluate and coordinate activities relating to education of American Indian students; serve as a clearinghouse and provide training for cross-cultural situations; receive annual notice from the director of the State Museum regarding the discovery of sacred objects or objects of cultural patrimony; work with state agencies to stimulate the economic growth of the American Indian population; and establish working committees as needed.
Laws 2016, Chapter 150 created the Governor’s Office on Tribal Relations and repealed the Arizona Commission of Indian Affairs. The measure outlined the duties and responsibilities of the new Office and specified duties for state agencies. The annual Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day will be held on Wednesday of the first week of regular session, rather than on Tuesday of the second week of the regular legislative session. The purpose and source of funding for the Indian Town Hall Fund, created in 2002, was transferred as initially established. The Indian Affairs Commission Publications Fund was repealed and all unexpended and unencumbered monies were transferred to the Office.
Arizona Revised Statutes
- Laws 1953, Chapter 50
- Laws 2016, Chapter 150
Related collections at Arizona State Archives
RG 26 – Commission of Indian Affairs