Eight LGBT Native Americans You Should Know
BY Diane Anderson-Minshall
November 23 2012 5:00 AM ET
Jack Jackson Jr.
Jack C. Jackson Jr., born and raised on the Navajo Nation in Arizona, is an Arizona state senator and a senior strategist in the Blue Stone Strategy Group, a national Native-owned consulting firm "committed to assisting Native American tribes with strengthening sovereignty and fostering self-determination and self-sufficiency by developing profitable tribal businesses, productive governmental systems, and effective leadership."
Jackson's political career began in D.C. in the early '90s, when he represented the Navajo Nation in Washington. He was elected to the Arizona state House in 2003, working alongside his father, Sen. Jack C. Jackson Sr. (they were the first father and son to serve together in Arizona history). In 2010 Jackson became an Arizona state senator, and he was elected to another term this month.
Ever the activist, Jackson was appointed by both President Clinton and President Obama to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, and he's served on the board of the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center.
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