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Kennise McGertt Continues Flag Tossing with ASU Marching Band 

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community member Kennise McGertt has had quite an adventure since graduating from Mountain View High School in May. McGertt traveled to more than 20 states while on tour with the Academy Drum and Bugle Corps over the summer. When she returned in mid-August, she began her first year of college, attending […]
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Kennise McGertt Continues Flag Tossing with ASU Marching Band 

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community member Kennise McGertt has had quite an adventure since graduating from Mountain View High School in May. McGertt traveled to more than 20 states while on tour with the Academy Drum and Bugle Corps over the summer. When she returned in mid-August, she began her first year of college, attending […]
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SRPMIC Member Becomes IFBB Bikini Professional Bodybuilder

Leanne “Aimee” Velasquez, a 27-year-old Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community member, was working as a registered nurse when she decided to change up her routine of going to the gym in February 2020. Feeling intimidated and lost, she hired a fitness coach to help her get a new routine down. Her coach turned out to […]
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Jacob Butler Becomes Chair of Native Seeds/SEARCH

After serving on the board of Native Seeds/SEARCH since 2017, Community Garden Coordinator Jacob Butler will now serve as chair of the board for the nonprofit seed-conservation organization based in Tucson. Butler has a big presence in the Community, having served as Community garden coordinator for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community for 16 years. […]
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Taté Walker Talks ‘The Trickster Riots’ and Collaborating With Family

Salt River Schools Communications and Public Affairs Director Taté Walker (Lakota citizen of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe of South Dakota) has released a new poetry collection called “The Trickster Riots” with illustrations by their 14-year-old child, painter and graphic artist Ohíya Walker (Lakota citizen of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe/Red Lake Ojibwe/Mvskoke Creek). For […]
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SRPMIC Hits a Home Run with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Native American Recognition Day

There were baseball fanatics aplenty in downtown Phoenix as tribes from across Indian Country traveled to Chase Field for the annual Native American Recognition Day (NARD) on June 15, hosted by the Arizona Diamondbacks and sponsored by Talking Stick Resort. Though the game between the Diamondbacks and the Chicago White…
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SRPMIC Well Represented in 2024 Arizona D-Backs Inter-Tribal Youth Baseball Tournament

Every summer, youth all across the country leave the classroom behind for the baseball diamond. This includes the youth of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community who participated in the 24th annual D-Backs Inter-Tribal Youth Baseball Tournament, held June 11-14. Games took place at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix, Salt…
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SRPMIC Celebrates Community Graduates

To celebrate the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community students who recently graduated at the high school, GED, trade school, college and university levels, the Community held a Class of 2024 graduation recognition program at the Talking Stick Resort Ballroom on June 27. Monte Yazzie, injury prevention coordinator for the SRPMIC…
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SRPMIC Hosts Webinar on Seasonal Affective Disorder

Unfortunately, the “summertime blues” is more than the title of a Ritchie Valens song—it’s a form of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which affects many people every year. Seasonal affective disorder is a type of mood disorder in which people who have normal mental health most of the time regularly experience…
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Sialik King Crowned Miss Salt River 2024-2025

This year’s Miss Salt River 2024-2025 pageant featured three Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community members vying for the crown: Sialik King, Zoe Hernandez and Evevannah Garza. Held inside the Talking Stick Resort Ballroom on June 22, the glamorous event featured a who’s who of Indigenous royalty from across Indian Country,…
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A Legacy Fulfilled: Presiding Judge Darayne Achin Retires

On June 17, after 32 years of working for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, Presiding Judge Darayne Achin has officially retired, capping off a highly decorated career. “I didn’t work until I got married; I was a teacher’s aide at the Mesa Public Schools for a couple of years….