December 2014 GRIN

Gov. Mendoza Gives Farewell Address

Students from St. Peter Indian Mission School sing prior to Gov. Mendoza's speech at the Dec. 17 Council meeting.

Students from St. Peter Indian Mission School sing prior to Gov. Mendoza's speech at the Dec. 17 Council meeting.

Dec. 19, 2014

By Roberto A. Jackson
Managing Editor

With many guests, songs and blessings, Gov. Gregory Mendoza said goodbye to his staff and his colleagues in a farewell address during the Community Council meeting in Sacaton on Dec. 17. “It has been the honor of my life to be your 21st governor," said Gov. Mendoza.

Mendoza served a three-year term as governor of the Gila River Indian Community, and prior to his election he served as a District 4 Community Council representative.
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Broadcast TV Channel Coming to Gila River

Broadcast TV channel coming to Gila River

Broadcast TV channel coming to Gila River

Dec. 19, 2014

By Mikhail Sundust
Community Newsperson

For many in the Gila River Indian Community, the television airwaves over the Gila River are as static as the vacant riverbed below. But soon, they will be flowing with a stream of television content just for Community members and channeled directly into any GRIC household with a TV set and digital antenna. 

“Most of the Community members get their television from off-the-air broadcast with a digital antenna from South Mountain,” said Gila River Telecommunications, Inc. General Manager Derek White. “There are a number of households that choose to go [with] satellite broadcast, [but] neither of those options provide local Community content.”
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Department of Energy Secretary Visits Arizona

Secretary of the Department of Energy Ernest Moniz learns about the Salt River elementary school students' robotics class project.

Secretary of the Department of Energy Ernest Moniz learns about the Salt River elementary school students' robotics class project.

Dec. 19, 2014

By Mikhail Sundust
Community Newsperson

The Secretary of the Department of Energy, Ernest Moniz, visited the Gila River Indian Community earlier this month, where he met with tribal leaders to discuss energy policy in Indian Country.

This was the first visit to Indian Country by a cabinet member after Pres. Barack Obama, at the White House Tribal Nations Conference earlier this month, issued a directive to all of his cabinet members to visit Native nations in an effort to enhance federal-tribal government-to-government relationships.
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D7 Community Members Ready to Move Into New Homes

Families tour the new homes in District 7. Twenty-five initial families are moving into the neighborhood on Baseline Road and 79th Avenue.

Families tour the new homes in District 7. Twenty-five initial families are moving into the neighborhood on Baseline Road and 79th Avenue.

Dec. 19, 2014

By Christopher Lomahquahu
Community Newsperson

For some families, the holidays just got a bit sweeter as they received the keys to their much anticipated gift. We are not talking about the keys to a dream corvette or pickup. 

An open house put on by the Department of Community Housing officially welcomed the Community to the District 7 Pee Posh housing development on Dec. 16.
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Newly Elected District 4 Council Member Takes Office

Angelia Allison is sworn in as a Community Council representative on Dec. 3 in Sacaton.

Angelia Allison is sworn in as a Community Council representative on Dec. 3 in Sacaton.

December 5, 2014

By GRIN Staff


Angelia Allison, who won the District 4 Community Council special election, was sworn in as the newest Council representative.

Allison was given the oath of office by Chief Judge Anthony Hill at the first regular monthly meeting of the Community Council at the Governance Center in Sacaton on Dec 3. She defeated former District 4 Community Council Representative Darrell Gerlaugh on Nov. 4 with 54.04 percent of the vote.  Community Council certified the District 4 special election results at the Nov. 19 regular monthly meeting.

Her sister is current District 4 representative and former lieutenant governor, Jennifer Allison.

Multi-Purpose Building opens in Hashan Kehk

Crowds tour the Hashan Kehk Multi-Purpose Building at the grand opening on Nov. 22 in District 2.

Crowds tour the Hashan Kehk Multi-Purpose Building at the grand opening on Nov. 22 in District 2.

December 5, 2014

By Annie Gutierrez

It was an emotional sight for District 2 residents when they saw community elders Everett Kisto and Elizabeth Pablo cut the ribbon of the long awaited Hashan Kehk Multi-Purpose Building, Nov. 22.

Tears of joy and smiles were among many faces that came out to celebrate the grand opening of the new service center. The evening ceremony began with a welcome from District 2 resident Jiivik Siiki, followed by a traditional blessing from Tim Terry Jr. and the posting of the colors from Haskell Osife-Antone Post 51.

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Gila River Youth Represents Community at D.C. Honors Event

Taylor Antone stands with Richard Rossi, Founder and Executive Director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists.

Taylor Antone stands with Richard Rossi, Founder and Executive Director of the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists.

December 5, 2014

By Christopher Lomahquahu
Community Newsperson

Taylor Antone, District 6, had the honor of representing the Gila River Indian Community at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders in Washington, D.C. Nov. 14-16.

The Cesar Chavez High School junior from Co-op Village was nominated by her school and Dr. Connie Mariano of the National Academy of Future Physicians, the CFML host organization.

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Blackwater Youth Attends White House Tribal Nations Conference

Darius Jackson before the podium at the White House Tribal Nations Conference hosted by President Barack Obama, Dec. 3.

Darius Jackson before the podium at the White House Tribal Nations Conference hosted by President Barack Obama, Dec. 3.

December 5, 2014

By Mikhail Sundust
Community Newsperson

The 2014 White House Tribal Nations Conference placed heavy emphasis on the development of Native American youth and education in Indian Country.

“The United States shares a sacred bond with our Native nations,” said Pres. Barack Obama at the conference. “We have a sacred responsibility to all our young people, including Native youth.”

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