November 2014 GRIN

Community Comments on FEIS

Andrew Pedro gives his testimony at the Loop 202 Freeway open forum in Komatke on Nov. 15.

Andrew Pedro gives his testimony at the Loop 202 Freeway open forum in Komatke on Nov. 15.

November 21, 2014

By GRIN Staff

The proposed Loop 202 extension, also known as the South Mountain Freeway, is nearing the end of its public comment period for the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS).

Last weekend, representatives from the Arizona Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration visited the Gila River Indian Community to hear input from Community members at a public forum in Komatke.

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Boys & Girls Club Gets Grant Sponsored by NASA

Illianna Miguel (left) and Andrew Jackson (right) work together on a project in the Maker Program at the Boys & Girls Club - Sacaton Branch in District 3.

Illianna Miguel (left) and Andrew Jackson (right) work together on a project in the Maker Program at the Boys & Girls Club - Sacaton Branch in District 3.

November 21, 2014

By Roberto A. Jackson
Managing Editor

The Boys & Girls Club – Sacaton Branch is getting a boost in science and technology thanks to a new grant sponsored by NASA. The Sacaton Branch was recently selected to participate in the Boys & Girls Club of America and NASA’s Great Futures in Science program.

With the grant, the Sacaton club will implement a robotics program called Robo Tech, which will run for three eight-week cycles. One of the cycles will feature an all girls robotics team to raise the profile of young women in science. The Girl Scouts and American Indian Science & Engineering Society, AISES, are going to partner with the club to help facilitate the curriculum, specifically the girls only group.
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“Three Precious Miracles” Helps Families with Donations

From left: Timothy Antone, Elisia Manuel, Prosper Waukon, board members of the “Three Precious Miracles” organization.

From left: Timothy Antone, Elisia Manuel, Prosper Waukon, board members of the “Three Precious Miracles” organization.

November 21, 2014

By Mikhail Sundust
Community Newsperson


When Melissa Kirkpatrick got an urgent call from Tribal Social Services one August evening asking if she could take in the four children of a relative, she said yes without hesitation – after all, they’re family.

But with six children of their own at home, Kirkpatrick and her husband suddenly felt the weight of parental responsibility bear down on them as they added an 8-year-old, a 6-year-old, a 5-year-old and, most surprising of all, a 5-month-old baby to their household.

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Community Members Run Broadcast of Council Meetings

The production team for the Community Council meetings run the broadcast from the Audio/Visual Room in the Governance Center on Nov. 19. From left Mabel Tsosie, Kimberly Martinez and Yvonne Garcia.

The production team for the Community Council meetings run the broadcast from the Audio/Visual Room in the Governance Center on Nov. 19. From left Mabel Tsosie, Kimberly Martinez and Yvonne Garcia.

November 21, 2014

By Roberto A. Jackson
Managing Editor

The Gila River Indian Community has been broadcasting Community Council meetings since 2007, but only recently has a crew of all Community members replaced the previous production team.

“The goal always was to have this run by tribal members only,” said Abdul Zuhri, broadcast contractor for GRTI and NTS.

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Lewis Elected Governor, Antone Wins Race for Lieutenant Governor

Governor-elect Stephen Roe Lewis and Lieutenant Governor-elect Monica Antone.

Governor-elect Stephen Roe Lewis and Lieutenant Governor-elect Monica Antone.

November 7, 2014

GRIN Staff

Lt. Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis was elected governor of the Gila River Indian Community and District 4 Council Representative Monica Antone was elected lieutenant governor in the Nov. 4 general election. Lewis defeated incumbent Gov. Gregory Mendoza and Antone won over Terrance B. Evans. The newly elected officially begin their term Jan. 1, 2015.

Lewis, who served with Mendoza for the last three years, won with 61.43 percent of the vote to Mendoza’s 37.61 percent.  According the final totals, 1,145 voted for Lewis and 701 voted for Mendoza.

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Health and Wellness Fair in D7

A youth catches a pass during the football clinic held at the Health and Wellness Fair in District 7.

A youth catches a pass during the football clinic held at the Health and Wellness Fair in District 7.

November 7, 2014

By Mikhail Sundust
Community Newsperson

Health check ups, a workout station, free hygiene products and an Arizona Cardinals kids camp – that’s a Health and Wellness Fair done right.

The Gila River Indian Community hosted a family event in District 7 on Saturday, Oct. 25 in partnership with the Arizona Super Bowl Committee and Gila River Health Care.

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Koli Delivers Trailriding Experience

The Koli Equestrian Center rests in the desert behind the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass and offers exquisite vistas of desert sunsets on horseback.

The Koli Equestrian Center rests in the desert behind the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass and offers exquisite vistas of desert sunsets on horseback.

November 7, 2014

By Mikhail Sundust
Community Newsperson

The Wild Horse Pass Development Area has more to offer than first meets the eye. Behind the classy casino and hotel is an area of economic development rich with entertainment and relaxation destinations. From the links at Whirlwind Golf Course to the old west town of Rawhide, WHPDA is a prized desert destination. But among this diverse set of major enterprises, one business stands out as an undersized and often underestimated element of the Wild Horse Pass experience.

Koli Equestrian Center (on Koli Road behind the Sheraton) is home to the only Community member-owned small business in the Wild Horse Pass area.

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Red Ribbon Walk in D5

Students from schools across District 5 community complete the Red Ribbon walk Oct. 24.

Students from schools across District 5 community complete the Red Ribbon walk Oct. 24.

November 7, 2014

By Christopher Lomahquahu
Community Newsperson

In the Community students took to the road promoting a healthy lifestyle free of substance abuse. An organized event called the Red Ribbon walk held in collaboration between Casa Blanca schools, District 5 recreation, and the Gila River Prevention Coalition was held on Oct. 24.

Out supporting the students’ efforts were Gov. Gregory Mendoza and Lt. Gov. Stephen R. Lewis, and District Four Council Representative Monica Antone.

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