AZ Lawmaker Wants to Designate Highways to Honor Native Vets

Posted By Toyacoyah Brown June 22nd, 2014 Last Updated on: June 22nd, 2014

Rep. Jamescita Peshlakai, D-Cameron, a member of the Navajo Nation and an Army veteran herself, wants to honor Native Americans who have served their country. She proposes that portions of highways that pass through Navajo and Hopi land would adopt new names honoring Native American veterans.

Tucson Sentinel reports that Peshlakai introduced four memorials this year that would urge the Arizona Department of Transportation to make these changes: for U.S. 89, Native American Veterans Highway; for U.S. 160, Native American Women Veterans Highway; for State Route 264, Native American Code Talker Highway; and for I-40, Navajo Code Talker Trail.

Read more about the proposal here.

Arianna Grainey/Cronkite News Service

Arianna Grainey/Cronkite News Service


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Toyacoyah Brown is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation, currently living in Chicago. She received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and an M.A. in Media Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. When she's not scouring the Internet for fun things to share with PowWows.com readers you can find her digging for vinyl in her local record store or curling up with a good book.

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I think that building these Highways is an excellent idea to honor my fellow Veterans. I too served in Desert Storm and am Native Indian. I would feel honored to know that when I am out and about that there is such thing built in our honor. For so long getting the proper recognition has been far and few between. I appreciate someone coming up with this wonderful idea, keep up the great work!


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