Former Arizona Senator Arthur Hubbard Sr. dies at 102, says tribe officials

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Arthur Hubbard Sr., a Navajo Code Talker and the first American Indian to serve in the Arizona Senate, has died at age 102.

Services for Hubbard are scheduled Tuesday at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale with burial to follow in Phoenix. Tribal officials say he died Friday of natural causes.

Hubbard was born in Topawa on the Tohono O'odham reservation but also lived on the Navajo reservation. He was one of hundreds of Navajo Code Talkers who stumped the Japanese during World War II by relaying messages in their native language.

Hubbard was elected to the state Senate in 1972 and served 12 years.

A 2011 Senate resolution listed Hubbard as the first American Indian to serve in the Senate. Numerous American Indians have served in the House.

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