Arthur J. Hubbard, Sr., a former Arizona State Senator and Navajo Code Talker passed away on Feb. 7 at the age of 102. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at Pinnacle Presbyterian Church in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Burial service took place at the Cave Creek National Cemetery.
“Our Nation and Diné Citizens were truly blessed to have had such a highly respected and distinguished warrior on our side that fought for our Nation, both as a Navajo Code Talker and as a state leader,” said Navajo Nation Council, Speaker Johnny Naize (Low Mountain, Many Farms, Nazlini, Tachee/Blue Gap, Tselani/Cottonwood). “We will always honor and cherish his sacrifices to make our Nation stronger.”
Code Talker Hubbard was born on Jan. 23, 1912 in Topawa, Ariz., located on the Tohono O’odham Nation. He later answered the call to enlist with the U.S. Marine Corps and trained hundreds of men to transmit coded messages using the Navajo language during World War II.
In 1972, he became the first Native American to be elected to the Arizona State Legislature, serving as a State Senator for 12 years. Sen. Hubbard is recognized for his tremendous contributions in areas such as welfare, education, and health care which benefited many people across the Navajo Nation and the State of Arizona.
Code Talker Hubbard also served as a water rights advisor to the Tohono O’odham Nation, a Navajo culture and language instructor at Arizona State University, and played an instrumental role in establishing Diné College, the first college established within the Navajo Nation.
“My sincerest sympathies go out to the family of Code Talker Arthur Hubbard, Sr., an honorable and kindhearted person who served our country, state, and the Navajo Nation with great integrity,” Speaker Naize said.
President Ben Shelly ordered the Navajo Nation flag to be flown at half-staff in honor of Code Talker Hubbard.