Arizona by Kathleen Derzipilski

By Kathleen Derzipilski

This sequence is helping younger readers determine the commonalities and strong point of the person states throughout the USA.

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THE PEOPLE 43 American Indian Communities and Celebrations Many reservations in the state are open to tourists. They invite visitors to enjoy the recreation spots and areas of natural beauty. Indian tribes in the state also run gaming casinos, which fund the building of houses, schools, health clinics, and community centers. The money from these casinos also helps pay for their police and fire departments. Many American Indians are dedicated to their communities and cultures. The Navajo Nation celebrates tradition with a seven-day festival held every year.

In the 1960s, Mexican-American youths organized new groups throughout the Southwest. They demanded equal rights for Mexican Americans and encouraged Hispanic citizens to vote. Hispanic Americans have since regained an influential role in education, politics, and business in Arizona. The Hispanic population in Arizona is growing rapidly. According to some estimates, some day Hispanic Americans will make up a majority of the state’s population. 46 ARIZONA Asian Americans Chinese people began to arrive in Arizona in the 1850s.

42 ARIZONA How to Make Your Sand Painting Spread out a folded sheet of newspaper for each color of sand you will be using. Draw your design on the paper or plywood. Select an area to start covering the design. Spread glue thinly with a paintbrush over this area. Take a small handful of sand and let it flow in a slow stream over the area. You can press it once with the palm of your hand and then shake off the extra sand onto a piece of newspaper. When you shake off the extra sand, try to keep the colors separate so that you can reuse the sand.

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