October 2014 GRIN

Sen. John McCain Visits Sacaton

Sen. John McCain, during his tour of Sacaton, shares a moment with veterans at the Community Council Chambers on Oct. 7.

Sen. John McCain, during his tour of Sacaton, shares a moment with veterans at the Community Council Chambers on Oct. 7.

Oct. 17, 2014

By Roberto A. Jackson
Managing Editor

Sen. John McCain recently visited the Gila River Indian Community for a meeting with Community Council and veterans with stops at Gila River Health Care, Gila River Head Start and the Iwo Jima memorial.

McCain (R-AZ) arrived in Sacaton around 10 a.m., on Oct. 7, for the meeting at Council Chambers and was introduced by Gov. Gregory Mendoza.  “You’ve been a longtime friend to the Community,” said Gov. Mendoza.

In his trademark candor, McCain discussed topics such as the Keep the Promise Act, the troubles of U.S. veterans and the legacy of Ira H. Hayes.

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Gov. Mendoza Drops Puck at Coyotes Season Opener

Gov. Gregory Mendoza poses with Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan (left) and Winnipeg Jets captain Andrew Ladd (right) for the ceremonial puck drop at Gila River Arena on Oct. 9.

Gov. Gregory Mendoza poses with Arizona Coyotes captain Shane Doan (left) and Winnipeg Jets captain Andrew Ladd (right) for the ceremonial puck drop at Gila River Arena on Oct. 9.

Oct. 17, 2014

By Roberto A. Jackson
Managing Editor

A new hockey season brings excitement and optimism.  The Arizona Coyotes channeled those positive feelings in their season opener on Oct. 9 at Gila River Arena against the Winnipeg Jets.  Although the sellout crowd did not get to savor a victory, losing 6-2, the palpable buzz in the arena charged the Coyotes faithful and brought out some special guests.

Representing the Gila River Indian Community, to mark the new naming rights deal for the home of the Coyotes, Gov. Gregory Mendoza was selected to drop the ceremonial puck during opening night.

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Contestants Show Commitment at Miss Indian Arizona Pageant

Shasta Dazen, White Mountain Apache, salutes the crowd following her win as the 53rd Miss Indian Arizona on Oct. 11.

Shasta Dazen, White Mountain Apache, salutes the crowd following her win as the 53rd Miss Indian Arizona on Oct. 11.

Oct. 17, 2014

By Christopher Lomahquahu
Community Newsperson

It was that time of the year when one reign ends and another begins at one of Arizona’s oldest pageants. The Chandler Center for the Arts hosted the 53rd Annual Miss Indian Arizona pageant on Oct. 11, where seven girls from tribal communities across the state vied for the crown and sash.

The theme was “Honoring Friendships of Arizona Tribes,” and focused on the relationships tribes have shared over the years.

Former Miss Gila River and former Akimel O’odham Pee-Posh Youth Council president Lisa Hohokimal Hendricks, District 2, represented the Community.

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ASU Indigenous Sustainability Conference

Lt. Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis at the Indigenous Sustainability Conference in Tempe.

Lt. Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis at the Indigenous Sustainability Conference in Tempe.

Oct. 17, 2014

By Christopher Lomahquahu
Community Newsperson

American Indian tribes look to cultural and contemporary practices to stay relevant in today’s economy. The Indigenous Sustainability Conference hosted by the School of Global Institute of Sustainability (GIOS) at Arizona State University, brought together professionals, academics, and tribal representatives on Oct. 5 and 6.

Hosted at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Conference Center, the conference brought together tribal communities to discuss resource sustainability. Many of the tribes elaborated on how they are establishing a presence in markets beyond tribal gaming and using revenues and resources to support the tribal community.

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ADOT releases FEIS on Proposed South Mountain Freeway

Courtesy of ADOT

Courtesy of ADOT

Oct. 3, 2014

By GRIN Staff


The 60-day review period for the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway has begun.

The Arizona Department of Transportation, in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration, released the FEIS on Sept. 26. The review period closes on Nov. 25. According to ADOT, the final decision, called the Record of Decision, is expected to be finalized in late 2014 and released in 2015. The FEIS is available online at azdot.gov/SouthMountainFreeway.
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Legislative Hearing on Keep the Promise Act

Proponents and opponents of S. 2670 prepare to testify at the Sept. 17 Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing.

Proponents and opponents of S. 2670 prepare to testify at the Sept. 17 Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing.

Oct. 3, 2014

By Christopher Lomahquahu
Community Newsperson

Washington, D.C. - The next stage of the “Keep the Promise Act,” a bill that started out as H.R. 1410, now renamed as S. 2670, was introduced to the Senate by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) July 28.

On Sept. 17, Gov. Gregory Mendoza testified at a legislative hearing on behalf of the Gila River Indian Community regarding the tribe’s opposition to the proposed Tohono O’odham Nation casino and resort in the West Valley.

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District 4 Man Overcomes Health Issues, Graduates College

 Alvin Cooper posing in his cap and gown. Photo courtesy of Cooper family.

Alvin Cooper posing in his cap and gown. Photo courtesy of Cooper family.

October 3, 2014

By Mikhail Sundust
Community Newsperson

Seven years ago, when Alvin Cooper was diagnosed with diabetes, put on dialysis and told that he couldn’t work anymore, an old rebellious instinct kicked in.

“There’s a lot of things that I’ve been told [I] can’t do. But I just do it just to prove them wrong. Don’t tell me I can’t do it. I’ll find a way to do it,” he said in an interview alongside his wife and daughter at the GRIN office.

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RPY Grand Opening

RPY Director Kimberly Herman at the RPY grand opening Sept. 25, talked about the team effort that went into making the new facility a reality.

RPY Director Kimberly Herman at the RPY grand opening Sept. 25, talked about the team effort that went into making the new facility a reality.

October 3, 2014

By Christopher Lomahquahu
Community Newsperson

The Community was treated to the grand opening of a facility like none other found in Indian Country.  Designed to take care of the tribe’s most vulnerable population, the new Residential Programs for Youth facility opened its doors on Sept. 25.

It was a cheerful atmosphere for those in attendance to see the building up close, knowing the facility will offer the youth a place that feels like home. It was a theme that resonated throughout the event: to bring the Community’s children home to the reservation.

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