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Occupation- Senior Strategist, Blue Stone Strategy Group
Member Since- 2011
Jack C. Jackson, Jr., a member of the Navajo Nation, is from the Tó’áhaní (Near The Water) Clan, and born for the Kinyaa’áanii (Towering House) Clan. His maternal grandfather is from the Tábaahá (Water’s Edge) Clan, and his paternal grandfather is from the Áshiihí (Salt) Clan. He was born and raised on the Navajo Nation in Arizona.
Jack is a Senior Strategist in the Blue Stone Strategy Group, a national Native-owned consulting firm committed to assisting Tribes with strengthening sovereignty and fostering self-determination and self-sufficiency by developing profitable tribal businesses, productive governmental systems and effective leadership.
In 1989, after obtaining his Juris Doctorate degree from the Syracuse University School of Law, Jack moved to Washington, DC where he worked for 12 years representing tribal governments and organizations. He began his advocacy career as a Legislative Associate, and then was promoted to Deputy Director for the Navajo Nation Washington Office representing the concerns of his people before the federal government and various agencies. Jack also worked as the Legislative Analyst at the National Indian Education Association and the Director of Governmental Affairs for the National Congress of American Indians.
From 2003 to 2005, Jack served in the 46th Arizona State Legislature in the House of Representatives representing District 2. Representative Jackson served on the Ways and Means Committee as ranking Democratic Member, the Natural Resources, Agriculture, Water and Native American Affairs Committee and the Appropriations Committee.
His greatest joy was working alongside his father, Senator Jack C. Jackson, Sr., who served at the Arizona State Legislature from 1985 to 2004. He and Senator Jackson became the first father and son to serve together in the Arizona State Legislature.
In 2005, Jack was appointed by Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano as the Executive Director of the Arizona Commission of Indian Affairs which provides assistance to the State of Arizona in fulfilling its responsibilities to Arizona’s 22 Indian Nations and Tribes by making recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature.
In October 2007, Jack was confirmed by the Navajo Nation Council to serve on the Navajo Gaming Enterprise Board. He and the other board members worked at establishing the first two Navajo Nation casinos- the Fire Rock and Flowing Water Casinos.
On February 2, 2010, Jack was appointed to serve on President Obama’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. He previously sat on President Clinton’s HIV/AIDS Council in 1999. He has also served on the boards of the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center, Phoenix Body Positive, Arizona Real Estate Advisory Board, Arizonans for Cultural Development, and Arizona League of Conservation Voters.