MCCCD Hosts Native Vote Civic Series on Arizona Indigenous Peoples' Day

TEMPE, Ariz., Oct. 8, 2020 - The Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) and the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona are hosting a virtual, nonpartisan Native Vote Civic Series to honor the history of Native Voting and celebrate the right to vote.

"It's important to educate our communities on the importance of voting and offer tools that encourage them to use their voice," says Dr. Steven R. Gonzales, MCCCD Interim Chancellor. "We're proud to support all of our students, faculty, staff, and employees in taking action in civic engagement."

Participants will be joined by special guest Angela Salazar-Willeford, Intergovernmental Relations Project Manager of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, as she discusses the importance and impact voting has on Native Americans across the country and in Arizona. Participants will also learn about what Tribal communities in Arizona are doing to push the Native Vote in 2020.

Participants will have the opportunity to join two virtual Civic Series events, held on October 10 and October 12, both at 4 p.m. Student participants will receive a gift card and be entered in a raffle to win a grand prize.

In addition to the Native Vote event on October 12, the Native community will also celebrate Indigenous People's Day, which Governor Doug Ducey declared in Arizona by issuing a proclamation in September 2020. 

To learn more and register for the civic series, please visit this website.

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Media Contact: Dasi Danzig, 480-268-6766, dasi.danzig@domail.maricopa.edu

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The Maricopa County Community College District includes ten regionally-accredited colleges – Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale, and South Mountain – and the Maricopa Corporate College, serving more than 200,000 students with two-year degrees, certificates, and university transfer programs.