September 2014 GRIN

Former Gov. Mary Thomas Passes Away at the Age of 70

Former Gov. Mary Thomas when she was inducted into the Women’s Plaza of Honor at the University of Arizona in 2012.

Former Gov. Mary Thomas when she was inducted into the Women’s Plaza of Honor at the University of Arizona in 2012.

September 5, 2014

By Roberto A. Jackson
Managing Editor

Mary V. Thomas, the first female governor in the Gila River Indian Community’s history, whose tireless efforts and resilient leadership set the course for the Community’s opportunities in gaming, health care, water rights, public safety and education, passed away on Aug. 21 at the age of 70 of undisclosed causes.

Upon her passing, GRIC Gov. Gregory Mendoza released a statement that read in part, “Governor Thomas played a pivotal role in the shaping of the future of our Community.  She indeed was a committed and accomplished leader. Governor Thomas leaves a legacy of public service and professional integrity.” 

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District 7 Showcases New Multi-Purpose Building

The District 7 Multi-Purpose Building on Aug. 16.

The District 7 Multi-Purpose Building on Aug. 16.

September 5, 2014

By Roberto A. Jackson
Managing Editor

It’s not hard to quantify how much of an impact the new District 7 Multi-Purpose Building will have on GRIC’s Maricopa Colony.
If you simply look at their current facility and compare it to the new one, you can easily judge the new two-story building to be superior by any measure.

Presently, District 7 operations are managed at an old facility, which was previously a rest home.
The previous service center, built in 1976, was the Pee-Posh Veterans Memorial Center, which housed district operations and at one time the Head Start, according District 7 Council Representative Devin Redbird.

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P-MIP Works on Pima Canal 5 Upgrade

A sign blocks Lateral Road running north along Pima Canal 5 in District 1.  Pending Council approval, the road will be permanently closed. PMIP is making a number of improvements to the 8-mile stretch of PC5 including widening it and lining it with concrete.

A sign blocks Lateral Road running north along Pima Canal 5 in District 1. Pending Council approval, the road will be permanently closed. PMIP is making a number of improvements to the 8-mile stretch of PC5 including widening it and lining it with concrete.

September 5, 2014

By Mikhail Sundust
Community Newsperson 

Road closures in Districts 1 and 2 will become permanent as the Pima-Maricopa Irrigation Project begins the renovation of another section of dirt canal.

P-MIP is tasked with constructing and refurbishing the canal system throughout the Gila River Indian Community. Its latest project involves the rehabilitation and modernization of Pima Canal 5, which stagger-steps northwest through District 1 and into District 2.

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Officers Sworn In, Join GRPD

From left, Officers Charles Johnson, Jesus Salomon, Anthony Cortez and Larry Chavez were sworn in as Gila River Police Department officers by Chief Judge Anthony Hill Aug. 15.

From left, Officers Charles Johnson, Jesus Salomon, Anthony Cortez and Larry Chavez were sworn in as Gila River Police Department officers by Chief Judge Anthony Hill Aug. 15.

September 5, 2014

By Mikhail Sundust
Community Newsperson

The Gila River Police Department welcomed four new officers into its ranks Aug. 15: Officers Larry Chavez, Anthony Cortez, Charles Johnson and Jesus Salomon.

“The significance of today’s ceremony cannot be [understated],” said Gov. Gregory Mendoza at the swearing-in, standing before a courtroom full of proud family members and Community leaders at Sacaton’s Loditha Ku Ki.

“Today the officers will be sworn in and receive their badge,” he said. “It is a visible sign that the wearer of the badge is a person of integrity, character and courage…On behalf of the Executive Office, on behalf of the Gila River Indian Community, I want to say congratulations to each of you and welcome to the Gila River Indian Community.”

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