Per Capita hits GRIC

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Sacaton-Shawn Tsinhnahijinnie, D3, (above) was one of many Community members who opted for the pay card in the Community’s inaugural per capita distribution. However, many chose to be issued a live check and waited in line on Mon, Nov. 2, at the Governance Center in Sacaton, Ariz. Tsinhnahijinnie said that she feels the amount given was sufficient for this first payment.

“We should all be happy that we’re being given this per capita and that we’re here,” she said. For those who work and support families, Tsinhnahijinnie says this payment is a welcome boost to their income.

Although all Community members are entitled to Per Capita distribution, only those adults who applied for it, received it. This first quarterly distribution was approximately $300 dollars and comes at a critical period in the economy of the Community. Many Community members are feeling the squeeze of a down-turning economy while others are dealing with job losses and work furloughs.

Christopher Louis Rhodd, D3, is another Community member who was welcomed the additional per capita funds. “They (the tribe) put me through school, any other money they want to give me I’m cool,” he said.

For Amber Johns, D2, accepting the payment wasn’t such a black and white decision. “At first I was against it,” Johns said, noting that it would affect a several programs.

The D2 resident went on to express that she hoped everyone would be smart with the money.

It was estimated that 2000 checks were printed by the Per Capita office for those who opted to receive a live paycheck like Kelley Terrazas and Rebecca Moreno (pictured below, left to right).

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