Yavapai-Apache Nation Chairman Thomas Beauty was elected by his Tribal Leader colleagues in January to serve as President of the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona and was officially sworn into office in June.
“ITCA is a very complex organization with program areas that focus on Health, Research, and Environmental Quality. We look forward to Chairman Beauty’s leadership as we continue our work leveraging state and federal resources on behalf of tribal nations in Arizona,” said Maria Dadgar, Executive Director, Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA).
The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona was established in 1952 to provide a united voice for tribal governments located in the State of Arizona to address common issues of concerns. Members of ITCA are elected tribal officials representing tribes in Arizona and as a group, represent governments that have a shared historical experience. The organization operates more than 30 projects and employs a staff of 70 to provide on-going technical assistance and training to tribal governments in program planning and development, research and data collection, resource development, management and evaluation. The goal of ITCA and its commitment to the member tribes is to ensure the self-determination of Indian tribal governments through their participation in the development of the policies and programs which affect their lives.
“I am honored to be recognized by Arizona tribal leaders to provide leadership to the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona and contribute to the continued success of Arizona tribes. I have been an advocate of tribal communities and the people of the Yavapai-Apache Nation, and I will continue to be a voice for tribal people. Arizona faces many challenges in Indian gaming, natural resources and sacred sites while also continuing to focus on the growth and preservation of our tribal communities and preserving our culture and history. I look forward to working with Arizona’s tribal leaders,” said Chairman Beauty.