May 2015 GRIN

GRIC Accepts the Generation Indigenous White House Leaders' Challenge

Gov. Stephen Lewis (center) and other tribal leaders participated took the Gen-I challenge and met with the youth in their community to talk about positive ways to impact their future in Gila River.

Gov. Stephen Lewis (center) and other tribal leaders participated took the Gen-I challenge and met with the youth in their community to talk about positive ways to impact their future in Gila River.

May 15, 2015

By Akimel O'odham/Pee-Posh Youth Council
Edited by GRIN staff

Future leaders got an exercise in critical thinking and community development last weekend, thanks to Pres. Barack Obama’s Generations Indigenous (Gen-I) Initiative. 

The focus of the event on Saturday, May 9 was to create a positive program for the Community. The Akimel O’odham/Pee-Posh Youth Council hosted the event, which put GRIC youth and tribal leaders together for a two hour brainstorming session.
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GRHC Opens New Admin. Building Named in Honor of Founding CEO Viola L. Johnson

The Viola L. Johnson Administration Building for the Gila River Health Care Corp. is located across the street to the north of the Governance Center in Sacaton.

The Viola L. Johnson Administration Building for the Gila River Health Care Corp. is located across the street to the north of the Governance Center in Sacaton.

May 15, 2015

By Christopher Lomahquahu
Community Newsperson

The Community’s healthcare has taken a step towards improving its operational capabilities, as progress in the form of development has recently shown.

Before an audience of tribal dignitaries and GRHC staff, the ribbon was cut on the new Viola L. Johnson Administration Building in Sacaton on April 30.
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Sacaton Science Students Rally at RoboRave Contest

Sacaton students prepare their robot to take on the fire fighting challenge at the RoboRave Competition.

Sacaton students prepare their robot to take on the fire fighting challenge at the RoboRave Competition.

May 15, 2015

By Annie Gutierrez
Community Newsperson

Thirty of the community’s future engineers and mathematicians were recognized before the Community Council May 6, after returning from Albuquerque, New Mexico from an impressive show at the 2015 National RoboRave Competition.

Fourteen teams from Sacaton Middle School’s Robotics Club represented the Gila River Indian Community as well as the state of Arizona at the national competition May 1 – 3. Twelve out of the 14 teams qualified for the final round of the tournament where they competed against 120 international teams in the maze competition, triathlon, and jousting.
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Sacaton Family Night: Finding the link between the ancient Hohokam and modern O’otham

A spread of desert artifacts sits before archaeologist Brett Coochyouma, who presented at the Sacaton Family Night May 7.

A spread of desert artifacts sits before archaeologist Brett Coochyouma, who presented at the Sacaton Family Night May 7.

May 15, 2015

By Annie Gutierrez
Community Newsperson

They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. For the archaeologist at the Cultural Resources Management Program, the objects left behind from O’otham ancestors are just another clue, uncovering the link between the prehistoric Hohokam to the historic Akimel O’otham. 

“In this Community, there are archaeological remains everywhere,” said archaeologist Chris Loendorf. “If you live in the Community, there’s a good chance you’re going to find an artifact.”
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Sacaton Bridge Rebuilt and Reopened

Tribal leaders and Community elders met with GRICDOT, FHWA and construction workers to cut the ribbon on the new Sacaton bridge, which opened April 16.

Tribal leaders and Community elders met with GRICDOT, FHWA and construction workers to cut the ribbon on the new Sacaton bridge, which opened April 16.

May 1, 2015

By Christopher Lomahquahu
Community Newsperson

Crossing the Gila River just got a bit safer for commuters traveling in and out of Sacaton to the north. For the Community, rebuilding the Sacaton Bridge was an impressive undertaking that involved multiple agencies. 

Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis and Lt Gov. Monica L. Antone greeted Community members and project representatives to cut the ribbon on the new bridge April 16.
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GRIC/Honeywell Partnership

Honeywell manager John Hertz points to the tail of a Boeing 737 at the San Tan Aerospace Testing Facility. Hertz visited Sacaton Elementary School April 16 to interest young students in career opportunities in engineering.

Honeywell manager John Hertz points to the tail of a Boeing 737 at the San Tan Aerospace Testing Facility. Hertz visited Sacaton Elementary School April 16 to interest young students in career opportunities in engineering.

May 1, 2015

By Annie Gutierrez
Community Newsperson

In December, Honeywell Inc. donated $10,000 and a set of new robots to the Sacaton Middle School’s after school robotics program. Since then, Honeywell engineers have volunteered at the school, assisting staff and students to build and construct the robots.

Last week, John Hertz, manager of the Honeywell San Tan Aerospace Testing Facility, presented at Sacaton Elementary School’s monthly family meeting on April 16. Hertz gave an open invitation for families to tour the 165-acre facility and gave the audience a brief understanding of what they do at the San Tan facility.
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Crime Victim Services Raises Awareness about Sex Crimes in Indian Country

Crime Victim Services staff assist attendee with registration at the Sexual Assault Gathering April 18.

Crime Victim Services staff assist attendee with registration at the Sexual Assault Gathering April 18.

May 1, 2015

By Christopher Lomahquahu
Community Newsperson

Victims of sexual assault may feel powerless and voiceless, but one tribal department is giving them an opportunity to speak up.

Crime Victim Services held a Sexual Assault Gathering on April 18 at the District 2 Hashan Kehk Multipurpose Building to raise awareness about one of Indian Country’s most underreported crimes.
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GRIC Celebrates Earth Day

Gila Crossing Community School agriculture teacher demonstrates the plants his students are growing.

Gila Crossing Community School agriculture teacher demonstrates the plants his students are growing.

May 1, 2015

By Christopher Lomahquahu
Community Newsperson

Every year, the earth is honored with festivities educating the public on ways to keep the planet green and evolving. 

The Department of Environmental Quality hosted an Earth Day celebration at Ira H. Hayes Memorial Park on April 22.

Kids from Gila River schools got to learn about different ways they can take part in making a green Community.
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