July 2014 GRIN

Gila River Teams Make Basketball Fun at NABI

Gila River player Lyman Morago drives to the rim during a NABI game at Mesa Community College.

Gila River player Lyman Morago drives to the rim during a NABI game at Mesa Community College.

July 18, 2014

Annie Gutierrez
Gila River Indian News

During the Fourth of July week, young Native American basketball hopefuls showcased their impressive basketball talents in the 12th Annual Native American Basketball Invitational.

Over 120 teams from the U.S., Canada and New Zealand traveled to nine gyms throughout the Phoenix metro area to compete in the NABI tournament from July 1-5, for the opportunity to play in the semi-final and finals at the US Airways Center.

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Youth Council Hosts 26th Annual Youth Conference

Youth conference facilitators with Gov. Gregory Mendoza.

Youth conference facilitators with Gov. Gregory Mendoza.

July 18, 2014

Christopher Lomahquahu
Communications & Public Affairs Office

Every summer young people from around the Community come together for an annual tradition hosted by the Akimel O’odham/Pee-Posh Youth Council for more than 25 years.

The 26th annual Gila River Youth Conference, a two-day event, was held at the Hilton Phoenix/Mesa July 11—12. This year’s theme, “Si sap ‘e ñu:kuth” (Take Real Good Care of Yourself), was the topic of several speakers and workshops. Youths from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Tohono O’odham Nation, and Ak-Chin Indian Community attended this year’s conference, as did representatives from the Snoqualmie Tribe of Washington, and others.

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Glendale Now Supports Casino, Washburn Approves Land into Trust

Rendering of proposed Tohono O'odham Nation Glendale casino

Rendering of proposed Tohono O'odham Nation Glendale casino

July 18, 2014

Mikhail Sundust
Gila River Indian News

Recent developments in the debate over a proposed tribal casino in Glendale favor the Tohono O’odham Nation, but as opponents are quick to point out, the project is still far from becoming a reality.

The Department of Interior on July 3 deemed a parcel of land that the Tohono O’odham Nation owns near Glendale eligible to be designated as a new part of the tribe’s reservation.

Two weeks later, on July 15, the Glendale City Council voted to rescind the city’s previous official stance in opposition to the casino, a position it held for nearly five years.

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Career Pathways Students Introduced During ‘Meet and Greet’

Participants in the Career Pathways Business Sector stand in unity, prepared to take their first steps toward a brighter future. Through the program, students will become nationally certified as small business owners and receive first-hand mentorship from current Gila River business owners. Left to right: Daniel Wilson, Kevin Smith, Hadessa Johns, David Johnson, Rodney Johns, Lilia Lumus, Richard Lyons and Jeri Thomas.

Participants in the Career Pathways Business Sector stand in unity, prepared to take their first steps toward a brighter future. Through the program, students will become nationally certified as small business owners and receive first-hand mentorship from current Gila River business owners. Left to right: Daniel Wilson, Kevin Smith, Hadessa Johns, David Johnson, Rodney Johns, Lilia Lumus, Richard Lyons and Jeri Thomas.

July 18, 2014

Mikhail Sundust
Gila River Indian News

Opening your own business can be an expensive, difficult and daunting experience, but a new program in Gila River is helping 12 people get the tools they need to become successful entrepreneurs on the reservation.

“The Career Pathways program…connects individuals with job training, education and employment,” said Gov. Gregory Mendoza to the participants and family members at the Business Sector kickoff event. “To be a business owner is very significant…We were very excited when we got the news of this opportunity for our Community members.”

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Diamondbacks host Native American Recognition Days

Former GRIC Gov. Thomas White tosses the ceremonial first pitch at Native American Recognition Day at Chase Field on June 21.

Former GRIC Gov. Thomas White tosses the ceremonial first pitch at Native American Recognition Day at Chase Field on June 21.

July 3, 2014

Roberto A. Jackson
Gila River Indian News

While the Arizona Diamondbacks look for bright spots in a season short on wins, they will always have a winning formula for their work in the community.  They trail first place in the National League West standings by several games but after another successful Native American Recognition Day, the D-backs showed why they are contenders in things beyond baseball.

The D-backs hosted Native American Recognition Day, which was sponsored by Gila River Casinos, on June 21 at Chase Field with pregame festivities highlighting Native American royalty, drum groups, dancers and teams from their 16th annual Inter-Tribal Youth Baseball & Softball Tournament.

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GRIC Youth Descend on UNITY National Conference

Gila River youth delegation traveled to Portland, Ore., to attend UNITY with over 1500 of other Native American youth from across the country. Back row: Richard Stone, Ivan Castillo, Kandie Anton, Ashley Pasqual and Nathaniel Talamantez. Front row: Miss Gila River Lucia Antone, Amber Pablo, Adrienne Dixon, Anissa Garcia, Charisma Quiroz, Elizabeth Francisco, Reina Notah and Alyssa Juan.

Gila River youth delegation traveled to Portland, Ore., to attend UNITY with over 1500 of other Native American youth from across the country. Back row: Richard Stone, Ivan Castillo, Kandie Anton, Ashley Pasqual and Nathaniel Talamantez. Front row: Miss Gila River Lucia Antone, Amber Pablo, Adrienne Dixon, Anissa Garcia, Charisma Quiroz, Elizabeth Francisco, Reina Notah and Alyssa Juan.

July 3, 2014 

Mikhail Sundust
Gila River Indian News 

PORTLAND, Ore. — The United National Indian Tribal Youth conference is an annual event that provides young Native American people from tribes all around the country the opportunity to get together and get inspired.

“It’s really creative that people put this on just for Native youth,” said Miss Gila River Lucia Antone. “It’s really good that you get to know other tribes from other areas.”

As royalty, Antone accompanied 12 others of the Akimel O’odham Pee Posh Youth Council as an honorary member on their trip to UNITY this year from June 28 – July 3.

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District 3 Recreation Reaches Out to Summer Youth

District 3 Recreation Aide April Crawford works with the youth during a scavenger hunt.

District 3 Recreation Aide April Crawford works with the youth during a scavenger hunt.

July 3, 2014

By Selena Vidal 
Gila River Indian News

The District 3 Service Center was filled with rambunctious energy where the Summer Youth Program was being held in session. There were numerous smiles all around the room and not a moment without laughter.

District 3 Recreation Coordinator Tim Antone and District 3 Recreation Aide April Crawford oversee the Summer Youth Program along with five WIA workers. It consists of two different age groups; 5-10 and 11-17 year olds. The purpose of the program is to educate the kids about team building, family, friends, and to keep them active during the summer. “For the most part they learn to be very respectful; learn to treat each other with respect and be nice to each other,” said Crawford.

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Gila River Police Department Starts Citizen Police Academy

Chief Kathleen Kirkham addresses the first meeting of the Citizen Police Academy Program.

Chief Kathleen Kirkham addresses the first meeting of the Citizen Police Academy Program.

July 3, 2014

By Christopher Lomahquahu
Communications and Public Affairs Office

Service by members of the Community has been a long standing tradition, in service of our country in the armed forces, or in public safety such as law enforcement. Today, Community members have the opportunity to serve their Community and sign-up for the Citizen’s Police Academy program provided by the Gila River Police Department.

The goal of the program is to allow Community members to “gain insight into what each section of the police department does,” and “to promote transparency between the police department and the Community,” said Public Information Officer Carolyn Brown.

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