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SRPMIC Representatives Attend 58th Presidential Inauguration and Meetings in D.C.

President Delbert W. Ray Sr., Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, Councilman Michael Dallas Sr., and Councilman Tom Largo Sr., briefed Sen. Flake on Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community key legislative issues.

With President Donald Trump taking the oath of office to become the nation’s 45th president on January 20, there were many tribal leaders from around the country who went to Washington, D.C. to begin to engage with his administration and the new Congress on tribal concerns.

For the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, President Delbert W. Ray, Sr., Councilman Thomas Largo, Sr., and Councilman Michael Dallas, Sr. attended the inaugural activities and had the opportunity to meet with many elected officials at the local, tribal and congressional level to continue to build partnerships to forward the interests of the Community.

Above (l-r): Councilman Michael Dallas, Sr., Legislative Affairs Project Manager Angela Willeford and President Delbert W. Ray Sr., stepped out of the State Society of Arizona Inaugural Event for a view of the U.S. Capitol.
Indian health care, tribal gaming, taxation and sovereignty were brought up during the congressional visits. Notably, the SRPMIC Congressional representative, Congressman David Schweikert, was appointed to the House Ways and Means Committee and will be a key player on tax policy. His work will have a direct impact on all Americans, including tribal communities. In addition, many representatives committed they will continue to work for the best interests of tribal communities and will have to work with President Trump on the important policy priorities.

While tribal leaders were busy addressing tribal issues, there were also many people who did not support President Trump and were visible with their voices and signs.

Thousands of protestors were present during the Presidential Inauguration.
With so much change occurring at this time, President Ray commented, “It will be important for Community leaders to be engaged with President Trump and the Congress to make sure the SRPMIC issues are considered. I look forward to working with our allies, and there is a lot of work to be done.”