Legislative District 11 proudly encompasses the Town of Guadalupe, home to a vibrant Pascua Yaqui Indian community.
Our district and our state is enriched by our partnerships with Native governments and indigenous peoples. But for hundreds of years, the Arizona and US governments have treated tribes with cruelty— routinely failing to honor government-to-government treaties, stealing Native land, failing to uphold the rights of Native people, especially women, and allowing corporations to exploit sacred lands and waterways for profit.
This history of injustice means that today, Natives in Arizona are more likely to live in poverty, more likely to struggle with food insecurity, and more likely to be denied their right to vote. They are also less likely to have access to quality healthcare, education, and economic opportunity.
Indeed, with nearly 1 in 2 people living with diabetes, the Gila River Indian Community has one of the highest rates of diabetes in the world.
As the head of public policy at the Arizona Food Bank Network, I witnessed food insecurity among Native communities firsthand. And I worked to ensure Native people in Arizona had the basic right to food.
In office, I will partner with Native leaders to ensure Arizona’s relationship with tribes is one of dignity, diplomacy, and deference—not paternalism and exploitation. I will fight to respect tribal sovereignty, ensure justice for Native women, reduce poverty, and improve access to healthcare.
My blueprint includes: