August 2015 GRIN

Monsoon Storm Strikes Casa Blanca

A large monsoon storm in D5 caused heavy damage to trees and buildings at Casa Blanca Community School.

A large monsoon storm in D5 caused heavy damage to trees and buildings at Casa Blanca Community School.

August 26, 2015

By Mikhail Sundust
Acting Managing Editor

Strong winds from a monsoon storm caused major damage to buildings and homes in parts of District 4 and 5 late yesterday afternoon. Casa Blanca Community School has been closed down until further notice. Fortunately, no injuries were reported.

The damage is still being assessed at the school, but work crews noted extensive damage to campus buildings, trees, fences and playgrounds.
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GRIC Teacher In-Service: ‘Creating Opportunities Through Education’

Casa Blanca Community School staff and a student learn about robotics in the classroom at the GRIC educator’s In-Service Aug. 14.

Casa Blanca Community School staff and a student learn about robotics in the classroom at the GRIC educator’s In-Service Aug. 14.

August 21, 2015

By Ashley Pasqual
Community Newsperson Intern

The 11th Annual Reservation-Wide Teacher In-Service was held on Friday, Aug. 14 at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort.

The conference theme was “Creating Opportunities Through Education” and geared towards improving education for children attending school in Gila River. The Tribal Education Department invited all teachers and staff within the Community to attend and participate.
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GRIC Student Earns Medical Degree

Charity Bishop graduated with a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of North Dakota.

Charity Bishop graduated with a Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of North Dakota.

August 21, 2015

By Christopher Lomahquahu
Community Newsperson

Playing doctor as a child wasn’t just a phase for Charity Bishop, but was always an attainable goal. Now that goal has been realized.

“It’s a dream that I have that I kept working for. I had the thought of being a doctor at young age,” said Bishop, District 3.
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West End Artist Makes Connection to Past

Artist Aaron Sabori, District 6, discusses his artwork with a visitor at his art show’s opening reception July 31 at the Huhugam Heritage Center.

Artist Aaron Sabori, District 6, discusses his artwork with a visitor at his art show’s opening reception July 31 at the Huhugam Heritage Center.

August 21, 2015

By Christopher Lomahquahu
Community Newsperson

My Life, My Art, is the title of a recently opened solo exhibit by Aaron Sabori. 

Mr. Sabori’s exhibit contains artwork spanning a variety of mediums from traditional to contemporary themes at the Huhugam Heritage Center.
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Bringing the Desert Together, Piece by Piece

Artists (L to R) Thomas “Breeze” Marcus, Jaime “Lokey” Jackson, Dwayne “Dwayno Insano” Manuel, Allen “Drempt” Lewis, and Donnie “TekNeik” Miles.

Artists (L to R) Thomas “Breeze” Marcus, Jaime “Lokey” Jackson, Dwayne “Dwayno Insano” Manuel, Allen “Drempt” Lewis, and Donnie “TekNeik” Miles.

August 21, 2015

By Mikhail Sundust
Acting Managing Editor

The Huhugam Heritage Center is doing a lot of great work putting together new and exciting exhibits by local artists and hosting great events that bring whole families of Community members and non-Community members out to the museum.

Piecing the Desert, a new exhibit at the Huhugam Heritage Center, had its opening reception at the Center’s monthly First Friday event on Aug. 7.
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27th Annual Gila River Youth Conference Held at Ak-Chin Ultra-Star Center

Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis speaking at the 27th Annual Gila River Youth Conference.

Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis speaking at the 27th Annual Gila River Youth Conference.

August 7, 2015

By Christopher Lomahquahu
Community Newsperson

It was another good year for the 27th Annual Gila River Youth Conference hosted by the Akimel O’otham/Pee Posh Youth Council on July 17 to 18. 

Adding to the diverse line up of activities, this year’s conference was held at the Ak-Chin UltraStar Multi-tainment Center.

Youth Council president Alex Pablo greeted the youth, “I want you guys to have fun, but I encourage you all to learn from the workshops today,” said Pablo.

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Back to School Backpack Giveaway

Dozens of K-12 students received free backpacks from the Gila River Indian Community and American Federation for Children at the GRIC Boys & Girls Clubs July 25.

Dozens of K-12 students received free backpacks from the Gila River Indian Community and American Federation for Children at the GRIC Boys & Girls Clubs July 25.

August 7, 2015

By Christopher Lomahquahu
Community Newsperson

It was Christmas in July for many students as the new school year is around the corner.

The Gila River Tribal Education Department and the non-profit organization American Federation for Children teamed up to hand out backpacks to students at the Boys & Girls Club in Sacaton and Komatke on July 25.
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Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway Extension, A Community Member’s Perspective

In this file photo from 2013 “No 202” is spray-painted on a brick wall outside of Komatke with South Mountain in the background. The proposed freeway would loop around the mountain’s south side, connecting the southern East Valley to the West Valley. It will cut through a portion of the mountain on its southwest corner, just beyond the Gila River Indian Reservation border.

In this file photo from 2013 “No 202” is spray-painted on a brick wall outside of Komatke with South Mountain in the background. The proposed freeway would loop around the mountain’s south side, connecting the southern East Valley to the West Valley. It will cut through a portion of the mountain on its southwest corner, just beyond the Gila River Indian Reservation border.

August 7, 2015

By Annie Gutierrez
Gila River Indian News

Recently the Gila River Indian Community filed a lawsuit challenging the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Arizona Department of Transportation’s (ADOT) decision to build the proposed Loop 202 South Mountain Freeway on land sacred to community members.

Protect Arizona’s Resources and Children (PARC) and eight other environmental and community organizations, filed an injunction to block construction of the Loop 202 Extension, South Mountain Freeway in June. The Community’s lawsuit was combined with the lawsuits of PARC and the other environmental and community organizations.

U.S. District Judge Diane Humetewa denied the request July 28, saying the coalition failed to show “the freeway would cause imminent and irreparable environmental harm,” according to azcentral.com and the Arizona Republic.
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Gov. Lewis Testifies Before House, Addresses Broadband on Tribal Lands

Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis after testifying to a House subcommittee that the lack of broadband hurts tribal economic development. Photo and caption by Aubrey Rumore of the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Communication. Used with permission.

Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis after testifying to a House subcommittee that the lack of broadband hurts tribal economic development. Photo and caption by Aubrey Rumore of the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Communication. Used with permission.

August 7, 2015

Press Release

Gila River Indian Community Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis made history for the Community and all of Indian Country by being the first elected tribal leader to testify before the House Sub-Commitee on Technology and Telecommuncations. He testified [July 22] before the United States House of Representatives Subcommittee regarding the issues that the Community and other tribal nations face establishing broadband access in rural communities.
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