Established in 1953 by the Arizona Legislature, the Arizona Commission of Indian Affairs had as its original mission to study the condition of American Indian residing in the state. Comprised of 15 members, the Commission includes 7 Indian and 2 non-Indians appointed by the Governor, and 6 others approved according to their office within the state government. The Executive Director for the Commission is also appointed by the Governor. Starting in 1986, the Commission changed mission and became the State’s liaison with Indian tribes.
Collection contains correspondence, minutes, records of appropriation hearings, memos and other communications by this American Indian-led organization aimed at making recommendations to the governor and legislators in regards to issues faced by Arizona tribes.