January 2015 GRIN

2015 Inauguration Ceremony: ‘Year of Our Water Rights’

Above: At the 2015 Inauguration Ceremony Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis takes the oath of office with his son, Daniel, holding the Bible.

Above: At the 2015 Inauguration Ceremony Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis takes the oath of office with his son, Daniel, holding the Bible.

January 21, 2015

By Mikhail Sundust
Acting Managing Editor

The Gila River Indian Community celebrated the swearing-in of Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis and Lt. Gov. Monica Antone at the 2015 Inauguration Ceremony Saturday Jan. 10. 

The day started with a processional led by Gila River royalty and including the Akimel O’odham/Pee-Posh Youth Council, Gila River dance groups, and local veteran organizations.
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Australian official visits GRHC, talks indigenous sovereignty and self-determination

Australian Attorney General and Minister for Justice of the Northern Territory John Wessel Elferink (left) speaks with GRHC podiatrist Wesley Taxier.

Australian Attorney General and Minister for Justice of the Northern Territory John Wessel Elferink (left) speaks with GRHC podiatrist Wesley Taxier.

January 21, 2015

By Christopher Lomahquahu
Community Newsperson

John Wessel Elferink, Attorney General and Minister for Justice of the Northern Territory Government of Australia met with Gila River Health Care staff last week while on a tour of the U.S. 

Elferink visited the Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital campus in Sacaton Jan. 9 to learn how the Community manages it’s own health care system. Ginger Martin, the Director of Cultural Customer Service at GRHC, provided a tour around the campus.
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Community Members Win Tickets to Super Bowl XLIX

Former Arizona Cardinals players (L-R) Damien Anderson, Kwamie Lassiter and Frank Sanders drew the names for the Super Bowl ticket winners during the Jan. 7 Council meeting.

Former Arizona Cardinals players (L-R) Damien Anderson, Kwamie Lassiter and Frank Sanders drew the names for the Super Bowl ticket winners during the Jan. 7 Council meeting.

January 21, 2015

By Mikhail Sundust
Acting Managing Editor

The stage is set, the teams are ready and the fans are pumped up for Super Bowl XLIX.

This year, the Super Bowl will be held at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale on Sunday, Feb. 1, and 78 lucky Community members will have the opportunity of a lifetime to watch the game live.

Thanks to a partnership between the Gila River Indian Community and the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, the tribe was able to offer up 39 pairs of tickets to its members, which it raffled off during the Jan. 7 Community Council meeting.
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Shoshone Tribe visits GRICUA, aims to start own utility authority

Shoshone-Bannock Chairman Nathan Small speaks to the GRIC Council Jan. 7. Other delegates from the Shoshone tribe stand behind him.

Shoshone-Bannock Chairman Nathan Small speaks to the GRIC Council Jan. 7. Other delegates from the Shoshone tribe stand behind him.

January 21, 2015

By Christopher Lomahquahu
Community Newsperson

Representatives from the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe of Idaho visited the Gila River Indian Community Jan. 7 to learn about the GRIC Utility Authority. 

The Shoshone tribe is seeking to establish its own Tribal Utility Authority like GRICUA, something its leaders see as taking one step toward self-reliance in terms of serving its energy needs. Nearly six thousand tribal members live on the approximately 544,000-acre Shoshone-Bannok Fort Hall Reservation.

The tribal representatives toured the GRICUA power stations that provide electricity to Community members and received guidance from the GRICUA board on “issues associated with forming a TUA,” said Lenny Gold, GRICUA General Manager.
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New Leadership Sworn Into Office

Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis and Lt. Gov. Monica Lynn Antone in Community Council chambers, shortly after being sworn into office.

Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis and Lt. Gov. Monica Lynn Antone in Community Council chambers, shortly after being sworn into office.

January 2, 2015

GRIN Staff

Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis and Lt. Gov. Monica Lynn Antone were officially sworn into office before a small audience in the Community Council chambers Jan. 1.

Cheif Judge Anthony Hill and associate judges Janice F. Breckenridge, Lucille Antone-Morago, Lucinda M. Nez, Dallas Delowe and Donna Kisto-Jones also took the oath of office for their elected positions that morning. 

The 2015 Inauguration Ceremony will take place Saturday, Jan. 10 at the GRIC Tribal Fairgrounds in Sacaton at 2 p.m. It is open to the public.

GRICUA Opens Energy Efficient Building

Guests participate in a circle dance at the grand opening of the new GRICUA administration building Dec. 18. GRICUA will seek LEED certification on the new facility for its highly energy efficient design.

Guests participate in a circle dance at the grand opening of the new GRICUA administration building Dec. 18. GRICUA will seek LEED certification on the new facility for its highly energy efficient design.

January 2, 2015

By Christopher Lomahquahu
Community Newsperson

Gila River Indian Community Utility Authority opened its new home, offering a glimpse of the future while respecting the past. Before a gathering of elders, tribal representatives and other dignitaries, the GRICUA board of directors and Stephen Roe Lewis, governor-elect, cut the ribbon on the new GRICUA administration building on Dec. 18.

As you take a step into the 7,610 square-foot administration building, you will notice the interior lined with works of art made from Community artists.

Many of the examples are photographs from around the Community, paintings and traditional-contemporary wear contributed by Gila River artists.
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H.O.P.E. Group Officially Recognized for Contributions to Community

Members of H.O.P.E. (Helping O’otham Pursue Equality) stand with Gov. Gregory Mendoza after he signs a proclamation Dec. 22 to make the group a Community-backed organization. L to R: Vanessa Loose, Trudy Jackson, Gov. Gregory Mendoza, Iann Austin, and Kay Kisto.

Members of H.O.P.E. (Helping O’otham Pursue Equality) stand with Gov. Gregory Mendoza after he signs a proclamation Dec. 22 to make the group a Community-backed organization. L to R: Vanessa Loose, Trudy Jackson, Gov. Gregory Mendoza, Iann Austin, and Kay Kisto.

January 2, 2015

By Christopher Lomahquahu
Community Newsperson

An historical occasion took place within the Governance Center marking the Community’s stance on equality. Gila River Governor Gregory Mendoza, before an audience of attendees, signed a resolution titled GR-296-14 and proclamation into affect on Dec. 22.

GR-296-14 is a resolution officially recognizing the group Helping O’odham Promote Equality or “HOPE” for their contributions within the GLBT (Gay, Lesbian, Bi, and Transgender) population of Gila River.
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UMA Elects New Leadership

Newly elected leaders of the Urban Members Association met actor/entrepreneur Adam Beach. L to R: Willetta Felder, Corrina Pino, Denise Cupis, Floyd Johnson, Adam Beach, Roland Blackwater and Della Pena. Not pictured: Candace Johnson, Dan Sneed and Ray James.

Newly elected leaders of the Urban Members Association met actor/entrepreneur Adam Beach. L to R: Willetta Felder, Corrina Pino, Denise Cupis, Floyd Johnson, Adam Beach, Roland Blackwater and Della Pena. Not pictured: Candace Johnson, Dan Sneed and Ray James.

January 2, 2015

Submitted by Willetta Felder
Urban Members Association President

My fellow tribal members, the Urban Members Association (UMA) would like to take this opportunity to communicate to you our mission and vision. 

The UMA was established by resolution GR-84-99 more than 15 years ago. The resolution was intended to create a liaison between the Gila River Indian Community and the tribal members that reside off-reservation. The Community Council understood the importance of keeping all members informed of issues in health, education, enrollment and tribal government. The Community Council empowered the UMA with the responsibility of organizing and managing the association through its executive directors and advisory committee.
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