Arthur J Hubbard Sr Jan 23 1912 Topawa, Arizona Territory (now Arizona) Feb 7 2014 (aged 102) Phoenix, Arizona U S Navajo Nation and Tohono O’odham Remembers Arthur J Hubbard Sr Arizona tribes were saddened this weekend as news came that Arthur J. Hubbard Sr., walked on February 7 at 102 years old. Hubbard was a Navajo Code Talker and the first American Indian elected to the Arizona State Senate. “The Navajo Nation mourns the loss of a living treasure, an American hero and a role model for young kids across the Nation,” read a Navajo Nation statement following the news. Arthur was born in Topawa, on the Nation, in January 1912. He was raised a Christian with Navajo and O’odham traditions, making him uniquely suited to bridge the Native and Non-Native communities according to a Tohono O’odham release. The decorated military veteran voluntarily served in the United States Marine Corps during World War II from 1939 to 1945. While serving in WWII, Hubbard trained over 200 men in the famed unit that played a critical role in the Allied victory according to the O’odham release. In 2000, Hubbard received the Navajo Code Talker Congressional Silver Medal. “The Navajo Code Talkers are living treasures of the Navajo Nation. With the passing of Arthur Hubbard, Sr., we have lost a true American hero. The Nation offers our heartfelt condolences to the family during this time,” Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly said. Hubbard returned to Arizona following his military duty where he was appointed as Director of Indian Development District of Arizona by then Gov. Jack Williams according to O’odham release. Then in 1972, he made history by becoming the first American Indian elected to the Arizona State Senate, where he served 12 years. “The Tohono O’odham Nation was saddened to learn of the passing of Arthur Hubbard Sr., the first American Indian elected to the Arizona State Senate, a decorated veteran of World War II, and a powerful advocate for Arizona tribes,” the O’odham release stated. Shelly also noted that Hubbard was witness to the growth of the Navajo Nation over the past century, as well as a direct witness to the strength and power of the Navajo language firsthand. “Dine’ bizaad (the Navajo language) saved the world from tyranny and oppression. It is our language that will carry us forward into the next century and beyond,” President Shelly said. “We thank Arthur J. Hubbard Sr. for his faithful military service and all other Code Talkers that protected our sovereignty and way of life.” Hubbard continued his call to service throughout his life by remaining active in veterans’ issues and served as an adviser and board member for both the Navajo and O’odham late into his life, according to the O’odham release. “On Behalf of the Nation, we offer our deepest condolences to Arthur’s family and friends during this difficult time, while commemorating his pioneering legacy of courage, service and honor,” the O’odham release states. Shelly has stated the Navajo Nation will fly flags across the Nation at half-staff through sunset February 14 in honor and respect of Hubbard’s passing. Funeral services are today at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church, 25150 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, Arizona with viewing at 9 a.m. Service at 10:30 a.m. Internment will be at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, 23029 North Cave Creek Road, Phoenix, Arizona with burial at 1 p.m. and reception at 2 p.m. at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church. Navajo Code Talker Arthur Hubbard Sr. has died, served as first Native American state senator in Arizona Navajo Code Talker and former Arizona state Sen. Arthur J. Hubbard Sr. has died, according to a press release from the Navajo Nation Office of the President and Vice President. Hubbard, 102, died Feb. 7 in Phoenix. He was born Jan. 23, 1912 in Topawa, Ariz. on the Tohono O'odham Nation and served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1939 to 1945. Hubbard was the first Native American elected as state senator in Arizona and served from 1972 to 1984. Both Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly and Navajo Nation Council Speaker Johnny Naize expressed condolences on behalf of the tribe in press releases on Monday. Shelly signed a proclamation Monday to have tribal flags flown at half-staff from Monday through Friday in honor of Hubbard. Navajo Nation Mourns Loss of Code Talker Arthur J. Hubbard, Sr WINDOW ROCK, ARIZONA —Today, the Navajo Nation mourns the loss of a living treasure, an American hero and a role model for young kids across the Nation. Arthur J. Hubbard, Sr. has passed and is no longer with us. Hubbard stepped forward and volunteered to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Navajo Code Talker as World War II plunged man against man and country against country from 1939 to 1945. Beyond his military volunteerism, Hubbard also served in the Arizona Legislature from 1972 to 1984 as a senator and again worked for the Navajo people. On Saturday, Februay 7, 2014, Hubbard passed at the age of 102. In honor and respect of his passing, Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly ordered the Navajo Nation Flags across the Nation to be flown at half-staff. “The Navajo Code Talkers are living treasures of the Navajo Nation. With the passing of Arthur Hubbard, Sr., we have lost a true American hero. The Nation offers our heartfelt condolences to the family during this time,” President Shelly said. He noted that Hubbard lived a full life at 102 years and undoubtedly saw the growth of the Navajo Nation over the past century. President said Hubbard also witnessed the strength and power of the Navajo language firsthand. “Dine’ bizaad (the Navajo language) saved the world from tyranny and oppression. It is our language that will carry us forward into the next century and beyond,” President Shelly said. “We thank Arthur J. Hubbard, Sr. for his faithful military service and all other Code Talkers that protected our sovereignty and way of life. “May the Holy People continue to look upon you and your families,” he added. From 1942 to 1945, over 400 Navajo Code Talkers from the U.S. Marine Corps were trained as radiomen for service in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Their mission was not declassified until 1968 and the enemy was never able to break the code of the Navajo Code Talkers. In 2001, the original 29 Code Talkers were awarded Gold Congressional Medals and the remaining 225 Navajo Code Talkers received Silver Congressional Medals. The flag of the Navajo Nation shall be flown at half-staff from sunrise on February 10 until sunset on February 14, 2014 at all public buildings and grounds across the Nation.
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