Office of Civil Rights
November 1, 2013

Date: 11/01/2013 Description: Native American Heritage Month 2013: Jack Jackson, Jr. - State Dept Image Jack C. Jackson, Jr., a member of the Navajo Nation, was born and raised on the Navajo Nation in Arizona.

Currently, Mr. Jackson is the Senior Advisor and Liaison for Native American Affairs at OES/EQT.

In 1989, after obtaining his juris doctorate degree from Syracuse University of Law, Mr. Jackson worked in DC for 12 years representing tribal governments and organizations. He has worked at the Navajo Nation Washington Office, the National Indian Education Association and the National Congress of American Indians.

After returning to Arizona, Mr. Jackson served in the 46th Arizona Legislature in the House of Representatives. His greatest joy was working alongside his father, Senator Jack C. Jackson, Sr., becoming the first father and son to serve simultaneously in the Arizona Legislature.

In 2005, Mr. Jackson was appointed by then Governor Janet Napolitano as the Executive Director of the Arizona Commission of Indian Affairs which provided assistance to the state in fulfilling its responsibilities to Arizona’s 22 Indian Nations and Tribes.

In 2010, Mr. Jackson was elected as Senator to the 50th Arizona Legislature, reclaiming his father’s former seat.

Since October 2007, Mr. Jackson has been serving on the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise Board. The gaming board has diligently guided the establishment of the four Navajo Nation casinos.

On February 2, 2010, Mr. Jackson was appointed to serve on President Obama’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. He had previously sat on President Clinton’s HIV/AIDS Council in 1999.