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Arizona Commission of Indian Affairs
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Working for a greater understanding and improved relationships in the State of Arizona.

The 21st Arizona Legislature established the Arizona Commission of Indian Affairs (ACIA) to consider and study conditions among the Indians residing within the State of Arizona.

The ACIA works to encourage a spirit of cooperation to guide the continuing government-to-government relationship between the State of Arizona, tribal nations and communities located in Arizona; ensure meaningful and timely consultation with tribal leaders to facilitate better understanding, informed decision making, and intergovernmental cooperation; encourage a spirit of cooperation and collaboration among state agency tribal liaisons to ensure that state services and resources are available to all eligible citizens in Arizona tribal communities. 

The Commission consists of twenty members, including seven Indian and four at large Commissioners appointed by the Governor, and nine Ex-Officio members who serve by the virtue of their office.

The Arizona Commission of Indian Affairs (ACIA) has a legislative mandate to assist and support state and federal agencies in assisting Indians and Tribal Councils to develop mutual goals; design projects for achieving goals and implement their plans



GOAL 1: Facilitate communication between tribal entities (both public and private), elected state officials, and other state agencies
  1.1 Establish working relationships with state and tribal policymakers
  • Facilitate meetings between stakeholders, tribal officials and state officials to communicate and/or collaborate on administrative and legislative issues
  • Issue an annual report describing Commission activities to state policymakers
  • Conduct quarterly meetings with the Tribal Liaisons
GOAL 2: Establish and maintain relationships between the State of Arizona and the 22 Indian Tribes
  2.1 Establish and sustain a forum where the state and the tribes can address issues on a regular and proactive basis
  • Based on invitations, coordinate visits with tribal councils within their respective communities to obtain tribal input about state activities.
  • Plan and implement annual Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day and/or AZ Indian Town Hall
  2.2 Collect Annual Agency Tribal Consultation Reports (based on calendar year)
  • Distribute electronic annual reports to tribal leaders (per Executive Order 2006-14)
GOAL 3: Act as an informational clearinghouse and reference desk
  3.1 Invest resources in ACIA website to increase awareness about various Indian, state issues and areas of interest
  • Update the website once a month to ensure relevant data is consistently available.  Obtain, retain, and share information about: state and federal policies that impact tribes; grants (and other monies available for tribal use) and national Indian issues
  • Create a quarterly newsletter to highlight tribal-state initiatives
  • Produce and publish a Tribal Resource Directory
  3.2 Provide assistance to the public at large in identifying resources that meet individual needs regarding Indian issues
  • Process phone, walk-in, email and standard mail inquiries
GOAL 4: Promote Economic and Community Development Programs
  4.1 Support programs that stimulate economic growth and prosperity
  • Contact community organizations and individuals to join the state government workforce by disseminating information regarding employment opportunities and vacancies on state boards and commissions.
  • Contact minority/women-owned businesses to provide information regarding state contracting opportunities and referral to the state procurement office and ADOT DBE program
  • In partnership with the Department of Education and ITCA, attend one workshop to assist in evaluating, consolidating and coordinating all activities relating to the education of native American Pupils

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