Mayor Ortega’s statement is below. Mayor Ortega is no relation to Gilbert Ortega, Jr.
"Gilbert Ortega, Jr.'s despicable language and rage directed to Native performers is reprehensible and inexcusable,” says Scottsdale Mayor David D. Ortega.
"Two years ago, when Native Art Market opened in Old Town, I welcomed them wholeheartedly to our community. Today I met in person with them to express solidarity and assure them that the City of Scottsdale is pursuing the matter to the fullest extent of the law.
"The behavior exhibited by this individual saddens and disgusts the people of our community. Last weekend, I spent many hours joining others in celebration during Scottsdale Western Week, including Parada Del Sol, and the Arizona Indian Festival at Civic Center grounds.
"At the Arizona Indian Festival, it was my sincere honor to acknowledge Tribal Nations Royalty, and speak of the greatness of Native mythology, origin creation and family culture.
"This ugly incident must be a reminder that our commitment to upholding respect, dignity and anti-discrimination must be steadfast and never wane.
"Scottsdale history is intertwined with Native peoples living respectfully on Mother Earth, under Father Sky. Together, we are one."
Scottsdale Mayor David D. Ortega with owners of Native Art Market in Old Town Scottsdale
Additional information: Old Town incident results in disorderly conduct charges