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Navajo Code Talker Hubbard dies; was first Native American state senator in Arizona

FARMINGTON, N.M. — 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.
 

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