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Rep. Jamescita Peshlakai, D-Cameron

Rep. Janescita Peshlakai, D-Cameron

Name: Jamescita Peshlakai

Chamber: House of Representatives

Party: Democrat

Profession: Lead coordinator for the Navajo Nation Traditional Agricultural Outreach nonprofit organization. Served in U.S. Army from 1989-1997.

Hometown: Cameron

Legislative District: No. 7, which covers northeast Arizona, including all of Apache County, most of Navajo and Coconino counties, and portions of Mohave, Gila and Graham counties.

Committee Assignments: Energy, Environment and Natural Resources; Public Safety, Military and Regulatory Affairs

Previous or Current Elected Offices: None

Highlights of Community Involvement: Getting involved with protests related to Arizona Snowbowl and the San Francisco Peaks. “I think I found my voice because eventually being a veteran, a Native American, a woman, we have … sacred duties of women, sacred duties of mothers. And that is to protect the future of our children. I think for me, the prayers of my people, the prayers of the medicine men are tied into the land, the mountains, the rivers, the waters, everything. And so I feel kinship with the places and the environment where I come from. They protected me in my life, so I, in turn, protect those sites.”

Why She Ran: “I’ve done so much outreach, been so concerned about the future of the people of northern Arizona, not just in tradition and culture and religion and spirituality, but also in education, health care, workforce issues, energy, everything.”

Her Focus: Helping rural veterans, protecting sacred sites and the environment in her district.

Bills: Prime sponsor and co-sponsor on more than a dozen bills that deal with such issues as creating a firefighter and EMT memorial to asking the governor to create a cabinet-level Indian affairs department in Arizona. She’s planning to run a bill protecting students from non-accredited post-secondary institutions that don’t fully explain costs and benefits.

3 comments

  1. hello my name is Cheyenne Yazzie. I am a young Navajo woman, looking for nomination from represenatives and senators, so I can attend the United States Naval Academy, and the U.S merchant marines academy after I graduate from high school. I am currently a junior in high school, and I would really appreciate it if you helped me take the step forward for these goals I have set.

  2. Cheyenne-

    Send me your info by contacting me at Jpeshlakai@azleg.gov I would be honored to help. FYI this is a site I have reposted but never saw your comment as it is not sent to me.

    Most respectfully,
    Representative Peshlakai
    LD 7

  3. Rep. Jamescita Peshlakai, I just read the article “the last holdout” in the Daily Sun regarding Stella Peshlakai Smith. I can’t imagine being evicted from a home I have been in all of my life. I know this has happened throughout history and don’t like it. What can the public do to help her family to keep this land? I am a white woman, grandmother and great grandmother that wants to help in some way.
    Respectfully,
    Sylviane

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