March 2015 GRIN

Mul-Chu-Tha 2015: Celebrating Our Water Rights through Dance, Music and Art

John Mike’s Fifth Generation Basket Dancers perform at the Mul-Chu-Tha fairgrounds cultural circle Saturday, March 14.

John Mike’s Fifth Generation Basket Dancers perform at the Mul-Chu-Tha fairgrounds cultural circle Saturday, March 14.

March 20, 2015

GRIN Staff
Gila River Indian News


The 53rd Annual Mul-Chu-Tha was presented under the theme: “Celebrating our Water Rights through Dance, Music and Art.”

From the parade to the chicken scratch, the rodeo to the thoka, the Mul-Chu-Tha had a little bit of everything for everyone.
During parade Saturday morning, March 14, Randy Ruiz from District 1 kept things moving as emcee.

“It was great. I always have fun doing these parades. [There were] a lot of good floats…very colorful, the performances were great. I really enjoyed the crowd, a lot of people really just taking it all in.”

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Sienna Whittington crowned Miss Gila River, Charisma Quiroz Junior Miss Gila River

Immediately following the pageant, new royalty pose for the audience. From left: Miss Gila River First Attendant Cheyenne Jackson, Miss Gila River Sienna Whittington, Jr. Miss Gila River Charisma Quiroz, Jr. Miss Gila River First Attendant Ashley Thompson and Jr. Miss Gila River Second Attendant Siasek Lucero.

Immediately following the pageant, new royalty pose for the audience. From left: Miss Gila River First Attendant Cheyenne Jackson, Miss Gila River Sienna Whittington, Jr. Miss Gila River Charisma Quiroz, Jr. Miss Gila River First Attendant Ashley Thompson and Jr. Miss Gila River Second Attendant Siasek Lucero.


March 20, 2015

Christopher Lomahquahu
Community Newsperson

The Gila River Indian Community was treated to an evening of fashion and cultural heritage at the 52nd Annual Miss and Jr. Miss Gila River Pageant March 7 at the District 1 Blackwater Vuhs-Ich Ha-Ke Multipurpose Building.

People gathered to witness the crowning of the new Miss Gila River Sienna Whittington (D5) and Jr. Miss Gila River Charisma Quiroz (D1). Cheyenne Jackson (D6) was named Miss Gila River First Attendant. Ashley Thompson (D3) and Siasek Lucero (D1) were named Jr. Miss Gila River First and Second Attendant, respectively.

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Kautaq Construction Building Houses in Gila River

From left: Eric Donahue (District 7), Kautaq Superintendent Paul Holguin and Gabriel Martinez (District 7) outside of the construction company’s local office in District 5.

From left: Eric Donahue (District 7), Kautaq Superintendent Paul Holguin and Gabriel Martinez (District 7) outside of the construction company’s local office in District 5.

March 20, 2015

Christopher Lomahquahu
Commmunity Newsperson 

Tucked away behind the District 5 Veterans Memorial Building rests the Kautaq Construction Services, LLC central field office, which busily manages the high rate of housing development in the Gila River Indian Community.

Kautaq is a Native American-owned construction business that is part of the Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corporation Family of Companies based out of Anchorage, Alaska. Kautaq means “hammer” in the Inupiat language.

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Huhugam Heritage Center First Friday

Guests admire the artwork of local vendors at the First Friday event.

Guests admire the artwork of local vendors at the First Friday event.

March 20, 2015

By Annie Gutierrez
Community Newsperson

March 6 launched the start of First Fridays at the Huhugam Heritage Center. Every first Friday of the month, the Center will open its doors to the public for a night of food, art and entertainment.

This month’s event featured ten local vendors, artists and musicians from around the Community, such as waila band Two Rivers, who had guests up and dancing. The museum and Community artist gallery were also open for exploring.
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Iwo Jima Flag Raising Parade Commemorates 70th Anniversary

The Ira H. Hayes American Legion Post 84 in the Iwa Jima Parade Feb. 21.

The Ira H. Hayes American Legion Post 84 in the Iwa Jima Parade Feb. 21.

March 6, 2015

By Christopher Lomahquahu
Community Newsperson

Seventy years has passed since the U.S. Marines first raised the American flag on Mt. Suribachi on the Japanese island of Iwo Jima. On Feb. 21, veterans groups from across the nation and the state of Arizona gathered in Sacaton to pay tribute to one of World War II’s most famous events.

The Iwo Jima Flag Raising Parade and Ceremony honored the service of Gila River Indian Community member veterans, and, specifically, the late Ira H. Hayes from Bapchule, Ariz. in GRIC District 5.
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GRIC Job Fair a Great Success

Human Resources employee Elisha Bishop helps Community members apply for jobs online at the GRIC Job Fair Feb. 28.

Human Resources employee Elisha Bishop helps Community members apply for jobs online at the GRIC Job Fair Feb. 28.

March 6, 2015

By Christopher Lomahquahu
Community Newsperson

More than 340 people showed up to the Gila River Job Fair Feb. 28. 

The job fair, which was exclusively for Community members, was a part of Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis’s mission to increase the employment rate of enrolled GRIC members working for the Community.

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Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Visits Gila GRTI and Farms

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden (fourth from left) met with Community leaders, farmers and agriculture students.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden (fourth from left) met with Community leaders, farmers and agriculture students.

March 6, 2015

By Christopher Lomahquahu
Community Newsperson

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden spent the afternoon of Feb. 25 touring Gila River Telecommunications, Inc., the Gila River Farms and meeting with local farmers from the Gila River Indian Community. 

Anthony Newkirk, Chairman of Board for GRTI, gave her a tour of where the new GRIC Broadcasting station transmits low-power TV to Community members.
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O’odham Tash Rodeo Returns

Eddie Miguel (right, District 4) ropes a calf while his partner Larry Sarafacio (left, Tohono O’odham Nation) aims for the heels. Miguel and Sarafacio placed second in Quad Nation Team Roping.

Eddie Miguel (right, District 4) ropes a calf while his partner Larry Sarafacio (left, Tohono O’odham Nation) aims for the heels. Miguel and Sarafacio placed second in Quad Nation Team Roping.

March 6, 2015

By Mikhail Sundust
Acting Managing Editor

Cowboys and cowgirls from the Gila River Indian Community represented their tribe at the O’odham Tash Rodeo Feb. 20 – 22. 

Eight riders – Simon Moyah (District 5), Delbert Johnson (D2), Justin Rhodes (D3), Eddie Miguel (D4) Wahlean “Bobbie” Riggs (D5), Ronnie White (D5) and Doug and Joker Jones (D3) – participated in team roping events, and one hard-nosed Community member, Jalen Joaquin (D4), did Saddle Bronc and Bull Riding. Penny Mix (D4) and Merlena Calabaza (D2) contributed to the rodeo by performing administrative duties such as checking in contestants and verifying scores, among other things.
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