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Arizona Senator John McCain Visits SRPMIC

Sen. John McCain [R-Ariz] met with the SRPMIC Council at the Community's Council Chambers on Thursday, August 4 for a meet and greet.

On Thursday, August 4, U.S. Sen. John McCain visited the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community for a meet and greet with the SRPMIC Council. The meet and greet was held at the Community’s Council Chambers, where tribal employees and tribal members were able to interact with McCain through a Q&A session.

Nearly every seat in the Council Chambers was filled, and many attendees were standing. Upon his arrival, McCain met with SRPMIC Council members and Arizona Sen. Carlyle Begay in the Council executive boardroom.

“I thank you for our friendship and for your leadership. I am grateful for this government and what you have done for your tribal members. Thank you for how you have handled your tribal revenues and making sure every member benefits from it. I’m very proud of that. You’ve given your people a better life. I am very grateful,” said McCain as he expressed his thanks to the SRPMIC Council members before the town hall began.

Community elder Verna Espinoza was given a chance to take a picture with McCain after the Q&A session. Community member and SRMG President Roger Smith, Jr., asked about infrastructure expectations and funding.
SRPMIC Vice-President Martin Harvier, who provided the welcome and introduction of McCain, said, “Senator McCain has been a longtime advocate for Native American issues and tribal communities. He has served for many years on the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. We just want as a Community, as leadership, just to let you know that the senator here has been a great support [for] the issues that we face here as a Community. We want to thank you, Senator, for that support that you’ve given us.” Council Member Tom Largo provided the invocation.

Five Community members selected to ask McCain a question were Cecelia “Tweedy” Antone, Salt River Materials Group President Roger Smith Jr., Stephanie Honeycutt, Indian Child Welfare Act Coordinator Allison Miller, and Broderick Antone.

The topics covered included Indian education, third-party billing for veterans, Indian water rights, salt cedar plants along rivers, McCain’s position on Donald Trump, infrastructure expectations and funding, Indian self-determination, federal guidelines that prohibit sentencing anybody beyond 18 months for manslaughter in Indian Country, and wildfires within Indian Country.

McCain is running for re-election to a sixth term in office.