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A Seat at the Table: A Nation’s fight for representation

Native Americans have lived on the land we know today as Arizona for hundreds of years before the first European settlers arrived. Now, 22 tribal nations make up just over a quarter of the land in Arizona. Despite this, Native American representation in local, state and federal government positions is still being measured in firsts. This can be attributed to a multitude of reasons, including a lack of engagement between political leaders and Native American constituents. One group, Indivisible Tohono, is attempting to increase civic engagement on the Tohono O’odham Nation through activism and public forums. They believe the key to the future of their nation in Arizona is an engaged, educated and empowered population.