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Updated Feb 10, 2014 - 6:51 pm

Tribe: Former Arizona state senator dead at age 102

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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 Indians.

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