SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — 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 trained hundreds of Navajos to relay messages in
their native language during World War II, stumping the Japanese.
He 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. Tribal leaders called Hubbard a powerful advocate for American