- Associated Press - Friday, January 23, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Senate is forming a committee to better communication with Native American communities across the state.

Senate President Andy Biggs announced this week that the Senate will form an ad-hoc Committee on Indian Affairs.

The committee will serve as a liaison with tribal governments in Arizona with the hope of fostering more cooperation.

The Senate says the committee can review any legislation that pertains to state-tribal relations.

Sen. Carlyle Begay, a Democrat who grew up on the Navajo Nation, will chair the committee.

A bipartisan group of senators will sit on the committee as well as a member of four different tribal communities.

The four communities include the Tohono O’Odham Nation, the San Carlos Apache Tribe, the Gila River Indian Community and the Salt River-Pima Maricopa Indian Community.

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