November 2009 www.gilariver.org/news Vol 12, No. 11 Serving all seven districts of the Gila River Indian Community Ribbon Cutting time at the new Wild Horse Pass Casino and Hotel. From Left: GRIC Lt. Governor, Joseph Manuel, Harold Baugus, Kenneth Manuel, John Strauss, Carolyn Williams, GRIC Governor William R. Rhodes, D6 Councilman Anthony Villareal, Sr., Allison Anderson, Deborah Griffin and Dale Enos. (GRIN Photo - Roberto A. Jackson) GRIC opens New Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino Story on Page 6 Daryl Lynn Jay wins Miss Indian AZ title and passes Balancing Act crown to 1st attendant GRIC struggles with By Roberto A. Jackson bringing forth a balanced Arizona, Jay said she was honored to GRIN Reporter Daryl Lynn Jay, D6, has serve the Community during the last budget for FY ‘10 eight months and to be only the third added to her royal credentials by Community member to hold the title By Mihio Manus besting five other contestants to cap- of Miss Indian AZ. She was pre- GRIN Managing Editor ture the title of 2009-2010 Miss In- ceded by Victoria Quintero and Pam dian Arizona on Oct. 10 2009. Thompson. While relinquishing the crown of While the Gila River Indian During her introduction to Community (GRIC) has moved fur- Miss Gila River, Jay said during the Council, Jay passed on the Miss Gila pageant she represented herself and ther into the second month of fiscal River crown to her 1st Attendant year 2010 (FY 2010), the Governor’s family the best that she could. “I Kristen Dosela. “I know I have big was definitely myself.” Executive Team struggles with pro- shoes to fill as Daryl has become the posing a balanced budget that will ap- Jay said she is still deter- new Miss Indian AZ and I will do the mined to fulfill the goals she planned pease both it’s constituency and the best of my ability to live up to the Community Council. as Miss Gila River while represent- standard she has set for me,” said ing the State and learning about On Sept. 29, the Community Dosela, D6, a sophomore at South Council passed GR-168-09, a resolu- other Native Communities. “The Mountain Community College. biggest thing is being flexible,” said tion approving continuing GRIC’s op- As Miss Gila River, Dosela erating budget for FY 2009 into FY Jay of her newfound duties. now completes a royal flush for the Jay’s experience represent- 2010 for 60 days. This continuation Dosela family as her younger sister was based on four critical aspects: the ing GRIC was augmented by her Starsha is the current Jr. Miss Gila work with National Congress of decrease of incoming revenues due to River. While Jay continues to travel the national economic recession; the American Indians (NCAI), United across Arizona she still has rigid National Indian Tribal Youth initial per capita distribution of gam- plans to graduate from Arizona State ing revenues to Community members; (UNITY) and six years on the University and eventually moving Akimel O’odham Pee-Posh Youth needs of departments and districts to on to Georgetown University. “I adequately serve members while pro- Council with a term as President. want to be a lobbyist for the Tribe,” Jay also credits her great-grandpar- moting economic growth; and the she said. Community’s effort to devote funds to ents and godparents who gave her Jay was overcome by the the strength and determination to long term savings. support she received from the Com- Daryl Lynn Jay, the newly proclaimed Miss Indian Arizona succeed. The continuation allowed munity during the competition. To 2009-2010, crowns 1st Attendant Kristen Dosela as Miss During her official intro- Gila River during a ceremony before Council. (GRIN Photo Community departments to resume see the faces of the youth during the duction on Oct. 21, 2009 before - Roberto A. Jackson) pageant was, “very heartwarming.” Continued on Page 6 GRIC Tribal Council as Miss Indian Page 2 GRIN November 2009 November 2009 GRIN Page 3 Letters Letter from David C. Gironda/202 Extension I had represented myself at the location and mitigation of area homes. Other Chapter XXVI, which states in part: MAG hearing on 10-21-09 as a Citizen of routes exist that would not require these mil- “In no event shall any real property Phoenix, and not representing the Phoenix lions be spent in this manner. within any City Mountain Preserve be sold, Mountains Preservation Council The PMPC would like to make it traded or otherwise alienated, redesignated or (PMPC). Tribal people there asked for more clear that we are not opposed to the freeway deleted from the Mountain Preserve except information about PMPC, provided below. itself. It is recognized that the freeway is an by approval of a majority of the electors vot- The Phoenix Mountains Preserva- important addition to the road system and ing thereon,” (Election of 11-5-1985); and tion Council was founded in 1970 with the will both decrease traffic in other areas and “Notwithstanding any other provi- Gila River Indian purpose of preserving the mountains within create economic opportunities that the state sion of the Charter of the City of Phoenix, no News the boundaries of Phoenix so that these needs. However, the PMPC is adamantly op- land within any City Mountain Preserve, as would be set aside as unique wilderness pre- posed to the freeway alignment across any that term is defined in Chapter XXVI of the serves, untouched by development with all part of South Mountain. We encourage your Charter of the City of Phoenix, shall be sold, their natural beauty intact. There is currently efforts to find an alternative alignment across traded, alienated, redesignated, leased, or MIHIO MANUS an issue that threatens the unique pristine land that does not have such dramatic natural otherwise deleted or removed from the email@example.com livelihood of the mountains in Phoenix, beauty, cultural significance and historical in- Mountain Preserve except by approval of a GRIN Managing Editor specifically the impending South Mountain terest. We strongly ask you to consider the majority of electors voting thereon.” (Elec- (520)562-9718 Freeway. The current proposed alignment of detrimental effects that the proposed freeway tion of 12-9-1986) the planned Southwest Loop, or South route will incur and take action from your po- As in the cited Texas highway JERI THOMAS Mountain Freeway SR-202, will severely im- sition and responsibility to find another route case, State officials and other agencies can firstname.lastname@example.org pinge on South Mountain itself, where large for the freeway.” waste a great deal of taxpayer funds trying to GRIN Office Manager cuts will have to be blasted out of the moun- The planned freeway cannot avoid get around the protections over (520)562-9717 tains to make space for traffic lanes going in Reservation land without going through a parklands, trying to rely on so-called en- each direction. These will cut across the portion of the sacred South Mountain Park dorsements by local municipalities, city Main Ridge North, the Main Ridge South Preserve. As referenced in my letter in the councils, and regional boards, but fool- GINA GOODMAN and the Alta Ridge, and will pass through ASU Dottie Gilbert collection, with Court ishly not having a consensus of the voters. In email@example.com dedicated Preserve parklands. They will se- case references cited, as available at Phoenix, to try to go around provisions to Receptionist verely impact the sacred mountains, cut off http://www.asu.edu/lib/archives/gilbert/1990 have the voters decide, would be unconstitu- (520)562-9715 access or destroy sacred sites. In response to s.htm, there are legal issues to any freeway tional and un-American, as a completely this, an official statement of the PMPC’s that is planned through parklands. wasted effort. If they do waste extensive ROBERTO A. JACKSON standing has been recently sent to all gov- Additionally, the City of funds pursuing an improper freeway route, firstname.lastname@example.org ernmental entities, and news media, as fol- Phoenix government, including the ADOT and MAG should be held accountable Reporter lows: “The Phoenix Mountains Preservation Phoenix Mayor and City Council, cannot en- for their malfeasance and be subject to judi- (520)562-9719 Council and their membership would like it dorse or approve any route through mountain cial actions. to be known that we oppose any freeway, preserves, or willfully allow the transfer or parkway or other road alignment that goes alienation of any mountainous park lands, David C. Gironda Fax: (520)562-9712 through, encroaches upon or constitutes an without a vote of the Citizens of Phoenix as 1515 E. Las Palmaritas Email: email@example.com incursion into the South Mountain provided within Chapter 26 of the Phoenix Phoenix, Arizona 85020 www.gilariver.org/index.php/news Gila River News ranges. The currently planned route for the City Code, as can be available to you on their Freeway will cause hundreds of millions of website at http://www.municode.com/re- (Part Mohawk of the Iroquois) this nearly $2 billion project to be used in re- sources/gateway.asp?pid=13485&sid=3 : Material published in the Gila River Indian News may not be reproduced in any form without consent from the Be careful driving along AZ Ave Gila River Indian Community. Dear Editor, zona Avenue. His lights went on and he became very agitated and stated he could give LETTERS POLICY: GRIN welcomes letters pulled me over. A Caucasian officer came to me more charges if I want to go there. and columns from readers. Letters should be limited to 200 words and be in good taste. I am a resident of District 4. 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Keep your address or phone number will not be accept- limit. out of the car. cars clean, tags clean, and do not use Arizona able to GRIN for publication. GRIN reserves the right to edit submitted materials for gram- I saw him turn his lights on then Then another non-Caucasian officer Avenue at night. Try to stay on the rez. Run mar, spelling and content. quickly start to tail gate me. I did not know came up in another car. He just stood there Indians, run. They are coming after you. Write to: why he was bothering me. I eventually pulled quietly. I asked him, in a calm tone, if he had Editor, GRIN P.O. Box 459 me over just before entering the rez on Ari- pulled us over because we were Native. He Elaine Newmoon Sacaton, AZ 85247 Published letters or columns do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editor or Gila River In- dian Community. In Memory of Lyle Davis Gila River Indian Community P.O. Box 97 Lyle, going with you, I’m gonna Sacaton, AZ 85247 ride…..just kidding Dad, I don’t 520.562.9500 My dear son, I still can’t want to make you cowboys cry www.gilariver.org believe you’re gone. Memories when I take your money!” William R. Rhodes, Governor come flooding back to days when Son, you were always smil- Joseph Manuel, Lt. Governor you were 5 years old, and you would ing, laughing, and we had great come running to the road when I times you and me. came home from work yelling, To say good-bye is the District #1: Arzie Hogg “There’s my daddy!” You were so hardest thing to do, but know that Augustine Enas full of life then and up to that fateful your DAD is ever so proud of you. District #2: Jewell Whitman day. No one will ever take your place. District #3: Rodney Jackson There were times when I know what a broken heart Myron Schurz your mom and I would go to the feels like, because this father’s heart District #4: Barney B. Enos Jr. dances, and you were always riding is truly broken. Rebecca Rowe on my shoulders, wearing your little Creator took you much too Darrell Gerlaugh cowboy hat. You were so proud of soon we say. I feel your brother John Antone that hat, you would say “Daddy, I’m needed you, so take care of him. My District #5: Brenda Robertson a cowboy huh?” and I would tell sons, you both are in my thoughts Brian Davis Frank Pablo, Sr. you, “Yes you are son.” everyday, and both of you were Delane Enos However, you took your taken much too young. District #6: Anthony Villareal own road in life, as all young men My comfort in this world Albert Pablo must do. is, knowing that we’ll all see each Terrance B Evans Then there’s that funny, other one day. District #7: Devin Redbird silly side of you…coming to the house saying, “Dad when are you Love always, Arthur Felder, Tribal Treasurer going to another rodeo?” I’d tell you Dad Charmaine Escalante, Community “Next week son” and you’d say “I’m Ricky R. Jackson Council Secretary Page 4 GRIN November 2009 The Flu Ends with You By Jeri Thomas cent and 40 to 50 percent effective in preventing illness complications and PHX. A panel of experts from the Cen- death.” ters for Disease Control recently gath- Kroger said people with com- ered to talk to ethnic media about H1N1 promised health should be first to get flu vaccinations. Disparities and special the H1N1 vaccination. The list includes factors affect ethnic communities differ- diabetics, asthmatics, or people with ently. chronic heart or lung diseases. Preg- The CDC asked for briefings to nant women should get the vaccine. get closer and contacted New America However, the vaccine is not licensed to Media, host, who has been conducting be administered to infants younger than forums around the country. “This [CDC] 6 months. is the first government agency who has The CDC estimates the H1N1 reached out to ethnic media, said strain has afflicted 40,000 people, an Sandy Close, Executive Editor and Di- underestimate, according to Kroger, Pictured Left to Right: Dr. Andrew Kroger, Medical Officer, National Center for Im- rector of New America Media. “Just like and hospitalized 200,000. Statistics munization and Respiratory Diseases, CDC; Dr. Corey Hebert, Chief Medical Editor, Obama and the Indian leaders,” refer- show that every year 36,000 people die WDSU-NBC; Arleen Porcell-Pharr, Public Affairs Specialist, CDC; and Sandy Close, ring to the White House Tribal Nations from complications to the seasonal flu. Executive Editor, New America Media. (GRIN Photo - Jeri Thomas) Conference held on Nov. 4. The goal of getting the H1N1 vaccina- have to cocoon yourself among those “Adverse events are entered Dr. Corey Hebert, Chief Med- tion is to ward off or prevent complica- around you to keep the virus from into a database,” said Hebert, who is ical Editor, WDSU-NBC and assistant tions from the flu. spreading.” also the Medical Director for the professor of pediatrics at Tulane Uni- “The seasonal flu is classified In obtaining access to the vac- Louisiana Recovery School District, and versity said, “Black, Asian, and Latino as H3N2. There is one little piece of a cine, an unidentified reporter from Uni- is responsible to protect children at 50 communities have a distrust of govern- protein variation that when injected into vision Phoenix 33 said people are afraid schools. He said he had a no-adverse- ment in lots of ways. We cannot allow your body your body may react but it will they will be asked for papers as identifi- event incident where a child was vacci- those things to step in the way of sci- not get Influenza. The next time your cation at the County Health Dept., nated, but the mom did not sign the ence.” body recognizes the foreign substance which, according to Pearl, should not consent. “She could not read. The vac- “We have been on a wild ride you will be immune,” said Hebert. We happen. “You should only be required to cine is safe and effective to protect your for the last 7 months. I hear so many have been doing this for 30, 40 years, give consent,” she said, which also can child.” untruths about vaccines. We have to be and we do it every year. pose a problem. very careful. Vaccines are a good thing Hebert went on to say, “This when done correctly.” Hebert went on to say that there was a disease called HIB [H1N1] is a new disease. There was no vaccine. Children spread disease like Extending the 202 through GRIC meningitis that ‘died’ at his hospital, due crazy. They are dirty little things. They By Jeri Thomas to vaccinations. do not wash their hands, they wipe their The Arizona Republic recently re- by proxy, announced that the Community Dr. Andrew Kroger, Medical Of- runny noses . . . By next year the next ported that the Maricopa Association of would be willing to consider a proposal to ficer, National Center for Immunization vaccine will have H1N1.” Governments passed a plan to extend Loop build on tribal land. In actuality, according and Respiratory Diseases, CDC, said Janey Pearl, Public Information 202 through Ahwatukee Foothills and South to MAG minutes, Lt. Governor Manuel the H1N1 strain has been detected Officer and Latino Outreach Coordina- Mountain Park. replied that the tribe would look at that throughout the world and the World tor, Arizona Dept. of Health Services in Plans for a thoroughfare have been issue, as it has never been proposed to them. Health Organization declared a pan- speaking of immigrant day laborers, in the works for the past two decades. Manuel voted to abstain from the demic on June 11. Since then, muta- “Lets face it, employers do not care if Strong opposition to the loop continues vote to cut funding for freeway expansion tions of the strain have not occurred. you are sick. If you stay home, there are from many Ahwatukee residents. work due to plummeting tax revenue and However, a recent new twist is that the other people lined up on the side of the The proposed loop is designed to economic downfall. illness has been detected in household road for your job.” relieve congestion on Interstate 10 East, by- The MAG Regional Council voted pets. “Cats, dogs, and ferrets are com- Arleen Porcell-Pharr, Public Af- passing the Phoenix metro area, and con- to cut its $16 billion freeway-improvement mon hosts. There is no evidence of pets fairs Specialist, CDC, said, “We are ask- necting to Interstate 10 West through program to $9.4 billion. Many projects were infecting humans.” ing employers to be flexible. This is all Laveen at 59th Avenue. scaled back or shelved. Kroger went on to say that the we can do. We posed this same ques- The Gila River Indian Community Dennis Smith, executive director efficacy of the vaccine depends on how tion to the White House. There is legis- Council passed resolutions twice against the of the MAG, said following the meeting, he healthy an individual is. “In healthy peo- lation currently being proposed for a freeway being located on Reservation land. received a phone call from GRIC Commu- ple the vaccine is effective 70 to 90 per- mandatory 5 days of paid leave. You According to the Arizona Repub- nity Manager David White requesting a lic, approximately two dozen GRIC mem- meeting with BIA, ADOT, MAG and Con- bers appeared at the MAG Transportation gressmen Harry Mitchell and Ed Pastor to Committee meeting held in downtown discuss putting the freeway on Tribal land. Phoenix. A few individuals gave testimony Changing the route of the South in opposition to plans to cut through the Mountain freeway to connect Chandler to South Mountains. Laveen is far from a done deal. It will take After an hour of hearing testi- weeks to organize the gathering. mony, Mesa Mayor Scott Smith moved that Additionally, ADOT community the Committee approve the plan and said, relations director said, “ADOT officials do “None of the solutions are perfect, but as a not intend to formally look at any potential region we have needs that can’t be ignored.” freeway routes south of Ahwatukee until the Although it was reported by the Gila River Tribal Council repeals two reso- Arizona Republic that prior to the MAG lutions it has voted on against having the vote to approve the extended loop, Lt. Gov- 202 on tribal land. ernor Joseph Manuel, who sits on the MAG November 2009 GRIN Page 5 Per Capita hits GRIC New regulations enforce clean up of Tres Rios Refuge By Roberto A. Jackson GRIN Reporter At Phoenix Inter- national Raceway (PIR) NASCAR’s elite race car drivers negotiate thrilling turns on the one mile cir- cuit. Fans enjoy race cars that average over 100 miles per hour from one of PIR’s 70,000 plus seats while the roar of the Subway Fresh Fit 500 can be heard from miles around. Outside the track, authorities are in a heated race of their own to halt illegal activities that are defiling the revitaliza- tion efforts of environmen- tal sites. On Oct. 15, 2009 County Attorney Andrew Thomas held a press con- ference at the confluence of the Gila, Salt and Agua Fria Rivers to outline a plan to restore the Tres Rios Riparian Refuge, a revitalized ecological site Mihio Manus/GRIN in the west Valley which includes a portion of the Sacaton-Shawn Tsinhnahijinnie, D3, (above) was one of many Commu- Community’s Westend. nity members who opted for the pay card in the Community’s inaugural Thomas is aligning with per capita distribution. However, many chose to be issued a live check and Arizona Game and Fish as waited in line on Mon, Nov. 2, at the Governance Center in Sacaton, Ariz. well as local law enforce- Tsinhnahijinnie said that she feels the amount given was sufficient for this ment to put the brakes on first payment. activities that range from “We should all be happy that we’re being given this per capita illicit dumping, trespass- and that we’re here,” she said. For those who work and support families, ing, gang and drug crimes. Debris from polluters lines the banks of the Tres Rios Riparian Tsinhnahijinnie says this payment is a welcome boost to their income. “We are going to be Refuge at the confluence of the Gila, Salt and Agua Fria Rivers. Although all Community members are entitled to Per Capita dis- reaching out to all part- (GRIN Photo - Roberto A. Jackson) tribution, only those adults who applied for it, received it. This first quar- ners in law enforcement and among the people here in Maricopa ties brings encroachment issues to the fore- terly distribution was approximately $300 dollars and comes at a critical County to work together to clean up and pre- front for GRIC. Through funding from the period in the economy of the Community. Many Community members are serve the Tres Rios refuge,” Thomas said. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) a number of feeling the squeeze of a down-turning economy while others are dealing “The Gila River [Indian] Community would gates were installed which proved helpful in with job losses and work furloughs. be an important part of that.” keeping trespassers out. Christopher Louis Rhodd, D3, is another Community member Efforts include increased patrols and The problems in the Tres Rios re- who has 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 investigations into illegal activities as well as gion barely echo the severity of illegal dump- a focus on crimes that contribute to the envi- ing and misuse of the land located in the said. ronmental degradation of the Tres Rios Ri- expanse of the Community. “Trash grows For Amber Johns, D2, accepting the payment wasn’t such a black parian Refuge. “It would be great to have more trash,” said Corporal Richard Sichling and white decision. “At first I was against it,” Johns said, noting that it would affect several programs. support from your Nation on this when we do of the Special Services Division/Rangers a major clean up in March,” said Thomas re- with GRPD. The D2 resident went on to express that she hoped everyone ferring to the role of GRIC during clean ups Typical dump sites include, TVs, would be smart with the money. in the spring at the Tres Rios Festival. tires, wrecked furniture, used oil, cans of It was estimated that 2000 checks were printed by the Per Capita The Community is also involved in paint and other building materials such as office for those who opted to receive a live paycheck like Kelley Terrazas its own restoration efforts. Projects include concrete dry wall and roofing material. Used and Rebecca Moreno (pictured below, left to right). the Pee-Posh Wetlands on 91st Ave north of oil along with acetone and weed killer has Baseline and the Gila River Wetlands which very high drainage potential to contaminate is south of the Tres Rios Project. Army Corp ground water. of Engineers is working with GRIC to define Large items that are illegally their own Tres Rios Project along the West- dumped within the Community have a ten- end. dency to be used as objects aimed at for tar- The area in and around the Tres get practice. The mercury found in TVs and Rios area remains volatile due to drug and lead in paint contaminates the aquifer and en- human smuggling and the firing of weapons. danger local wildlife. Drug labs were reportedly located in the area Similarly, around the Tres Rios Ri- where human and animal remains were re- parian Refuge sewage affluent streams are covered. The dumping of toxic materials and mistaken for natural rivers. Despite signage, industrial waste is active as are incidents in- it is very common to see entire families hav- volving illegal hunting and angling. ing an outing of swimming, and fishing in Through a special grant the GRIC’s sewage. The fish in the sewage are also Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) often consumed as people continue to use was able to remove 86 tons of trash from the streams from the sewer for recreation. Pee-Posh wetlands. Cleaning costs for Tres A major clean up of the area begins Rios and surrounding Community sites are in in March of 2010. “My hope is now that we the millions of dollars. In times of recession can build on that to preserve the area and and cutbacks, there is simply inadequate clean it up and restore it to its original lus- funding to address the issue in its entirety. ter,” Thomas said. Development of adjacent communi- Census Bureau launches Arizona student competition The US Census Bureau is calling through 12 are asked to come up with Also, the winning design in each group entry form along with their designs. The on Arizona students to use their creativity ways to say why Census is important to will be used to assist the Census during entry form provides the rules and specific to help promote the 2010 campaign. The their community. There are 3 separate the 2010 promotional campaign. information about the contest. students can help by participating in the competitions, which are: 3rd-5th Grade: Deadline to submit entries are To print the entry form and fly- student design contest which will allow Poster Design 6th-8th Grade: T-Shirt November 20, 2009. All entries must be ers, visit the Census Student Design Com- the students an opportunity to develop Logo Design 9th-12th Grade: Video Sub- mailed to: Attn: 2010 Census Arizona petition temporary website: messages on the importance of the census mission Student Design Comp 850 W. Adams http://azcensus.weebly.com/ by using posters, T-shirts or video. Prizes will be awarded to the top Street Suite. 110 Phoenix, AZ 85007 The students from grades 3 3 designs/submissions in each group. Every student must submit an Page 6 GRIN November 2009 Balancing Act/from page 1 thority. We need to approve these resolu- Verizon that the Community gets every normal operations under the stipulation that chasing school supplies. tions to address these issues. We need coun- quarter. controlled spending measures from Budget The second resolution proposed a cil approval to proceed.” Before the assembled Council, Modifications 1 and 2 would continue and shift in GRIC’s Housing program to move Beyond motioning to dispense the GRIC Treasurer, Arthur Felder said that now that the four percent wage adjustment for FY away from using tribal Residential Housing proposed 2010 Budgeting Options, Com- is the time to make these decisions. “Now ’09 would be retracted effective October Improvement Program (RHIP) funds toward munity Council brought forth several offi- we’re in a situation where we have less than ’09. Controlled spending measures in- utilizing federal NAHASDA monies, which cial motions to also address budgetary 60 days to solve these things,” Felder said. cluded, but were not limited to, eliminating are provided through the Native American concerns. “The truth of the matter is we’re spending the Christmas gift to Community employ- Housing Assistance and Self Determination Councilman Myron Schurz, D3, more than we make and we have to fix that.” ees, elimination of GRIC’s Water Rights Set- Act of 1996. While this option sought to motioned to direct Governor Rhodes to con- As GRIC nears the November 25 tlement Day as a paid holiday, reduction in temporarily suspend the RHIP program, it duct an assessment on the inventory of the continuance deadline to come forth with a travel and also a reduction in Community afforded the Community a possible budget- community vehicles and to address the take- balanced budget, Community departments department operations budgets by 13.1%. ary cushion while allowing a re-evaluation home policy of all tribal vehicles to deter- continue to operate on 1/12th of their operat- With the national unemployment of RHIP guidelines and the enforcement of mine justification. ing budgets per month. rate hitting the 10 percent mark in October RHIP policy. D6 Councilman, Anthony Villareal The Executive Team along with the ‘09 and the U.S. Government facing fiscal The third resolution proposed a re- Sr. motioned to postpone the Compensation Public Information Office have taken to the 2010 with a 176 billion dollar deficit, the duction in force measure to examine areas Study until fiscal year 2011. This particular districts with an outreach program designed economic crisis that faces the Community is within GRIC departments where the Com- study would allow the Community to review to address the budgetary concerns and fur- undoubtedly reflective of the greater na- munity could possibly eliminate positions and adjust the salaries of Community em- ther proposed options surrounding reducing tional economic condition. that are not absolutely needed. This option ployees according to national and regional the budget to the tune of 35M dollars. In a special Council meeting held also took into consideration the possibility averages. Included in these proposed options on Wed, Oct. 29, GRIC Governor, William of work furlough days and marking the re- Councilman Villareal Sr., also mo- are: R. Rhodes said, “Finally it’s here too. We’ve mainding FY 2010 holidays as unpaid, leave tioned to direct Governor Rhodes, Treasurer •A 13.1% reduction to all Community de- been meeting trying to decide the best way without pay (LWOP) days. Arthur Felder and the Government and Man- partment operational budgets. to cut expenses but before we can make res- And lastly, the fourth resolution agement Committee to analyze budgetary •A reprioritization of RHIP. olutions, we need council’s approval.” sought to scrutinize income guidelines for fi- options 3 and 4 for consideration to meet the •To postpone the compensation study until During the special Council meet- nancial assistance programs, like the Home goal of a balanced budget without negatively FY 2011. ing, the Governor’s Executive Team brought Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), by affecting 24/7 departments. Included in the •A proposal to eliminate the Education Af- forth four resolutions addressing measures which Community members are able to gain motion was to consider cuts without nega- fordability Program (EAP). that the team hoped would effectively reduce assistance in paying their utility bills. In dis- tively affecting the operation and service of •A reprioritization of Capital Projects to in- the budget by approximately 35M dollars. cussion regarding this particular option, D5 these 24/7 departments. clude new buildings for the MIS, Property The resolutions were presented as 2010 Councilman Frank Pablo, Sr., said, “There In a motion made by D4 Council- and Supply, and Fleet Management build- Budgeting Options. are a lot of people who are making money man Barney Enos, Jr., it was directed that ings. The first measure addressed elimi- but are still coming to the districts for utility Governor Rhodes and Community Manager •Seven LWOP holidays effective 1/2/10. nating or lessening funds allocated toward assistance. People with two incomes.” David White expedite the Government Re- •12 LWOP work furlough days, excepting GRIC’s Education Affordability Program Ultimately, Council motioned to organization project. Furthermore, Council- 24/7 operations. (EAP) that provides assistance to Commu- dispense these items under the premise that man Enos, Jr., motioned to clarify that the According to Governor Rhodes, nity parents in purchasing school clothes and adequate information regarding these reso- ‘expedition’ be included with the motions re- the budget is at a critical point. “Money isn’t supplies for their children. The rationaliza- lutions was not provided to them to, in turn, garding the analysis of tribal vehicles and coming in from tribal entities as it once tion behind this measure being that along inform their constituency. the budget process for FY 2010. had,” Rhodes said. “We’re not exempt from with the implementation of per capita pay- “We need these resolutions to be Councilman Darrell Gerlaugh, D4, the recession. You’ve seen it in the news. ments are guidelines by which parents of mi- approved for us to start making moves and motioned that the Governor and Executive What we’ve been doing is trimming the fat nors are able to receive funds from the taking initiative,” Governor Rhodes said. “I Team look into the possibility of the Com- off the budget.” minor’s trust account for purposes of pur- don’t have the power. Council has the au- munity utilizing the RSA dividends from A preview of the 1400 seat entertainment venue housed in the new Wild Horse Pass Casino and Hotel. (GRIN New Wild Horse Pass Casino and Photo - Mihio Manus) Hotel/from page 1 The Governor acknowledged that this momentous GRIC Lt. Governor, Joseph Manuel said, “It’s By Mihio Manus financial endeavor has taken a lot of hard work and planning going to bring unanticipated revenues that we need, espe- GRIN Managing Editor on behalf of the Community. cially in the economic times that we’re in. It’s just unbe- “It’s a good asset for the Community. They’ll ben- lievable that this place is so immaculate. We’re premiere in CHANDLER-On Fri, Oct. 30, the Gila River Indian Com- efit from the proceeds coming in and through here. Educa- the State of Arizona for hotel and Indian casinos. We’re at munity opened the doors to its new 100,000 square foot Wild tion gets a big chunk of the money that comes in,” Rhodes the top and we’re going to stay there.” Horse Pass Casino. The casino features over 1,000 slot ma- said. Harold Baugus, Chief Executive Officer for the chines, 71 table games along with five lounges and eight The Governor also noted that many other programs Gila River Gaming Enterprise was thrilled to see the new new dining facilities. would benefit alongside education such as programs for the casino come to fruition with such grandeur. Billed as Arizona’s premier hotel/casino, the new elderly. “What were going to see is a brand new type of Wild Horse Pass Casino and Hotel will offer 242 rooms in a gaming in Arizona like it’s never seen before. We’ve built ten story hotel and the finest in upscale service and lodging. a multimillion-dollar facility that’s going to be the top of the Ernie Stevens, Jr, Chairman of the National Indian state for a number of years to come,” Baugus said. “We have Gaming Association was on hand for the grand opening. state of the art gaming as well as eight food outlets that en- Stevens delivered a message of how important gaming is to compass fine and casual dining. Our Shula’s Steakhouse Indian Country. will probably be known the finest steakhouse in Arizona. “Even though this is an economic endeavor it re- We’re also offering a four-star hotel along with a 1400 seat ally starts out with culture and it evolves to the business entertainment venue which no other casino in Arizona has. world and economic development. It still comes back to tak- This is huge endeavor and commitment for the Community.” ing care of our economies and communities,” Stevens said. In addressing the state of the national economy, “We understand this it’s a challenging economy and we’re Baugus said that the new Wild Horse Pass Casino and Hotel working hard to fix it. But I think that the foresight, the ex- has been developed as a long-term plan for the Community. pertise and the work ethic of Indian Country, it really is an “This is was not a short term vision,” he said. important part of what we’re about.” “When we started this, the economy was okay. When it After the ribbon cutting ceremony, Governor GRIC Governor William R. Rhodes makes the inau- started to go bad, all it caused us to do was change our busi- William R. Rhodes was given the honor of placing the first gural spin on a slot machine as Lt. Governor Joseph ness model and change our marketing strategies into a dif- bet and spinning the reels of the first slot machine. Rhodes Manuel watches at the grand opening of the new ferent direction. However, this is a long range plan for didn’t win on the inaugural spin but his luck changed the Wild Horse Pass Casino and Hotel. (GRIN Photo - generations to come for the Community.” second time around winning $60 dollars. Roberto A. Jackson) November 2009 GRIN Page 7 Since it’s inception, the CARLOTA Acad- must abide by. emy has trained over 2,400 officers and as- “After that 8-week training, she’ll be able sisted upwards of 88 different police to go out on her own,” said Corporal agencies. Richard Sichling of the Special Services Di- On Thurs, Oct. 22, Officer Vanessa Enos vision/Rangers with GRPD. graduated with Class 109 from the CAR- Sichling also remarked on Enos accom- LOTA Academy with distinguished honors, plishments in graduating with honors from sweeping the awards given in areas of phys- the Academy. “There were students from ical fitness, firearms and academics. Enos Yuma, San Carlos, Casa Grande, all over the was also given the coveted Russell L. Dun- state,” he said. “She was at the very top of can award which memorializes a fallen pa- her class. We’re very proud of Ms. Enos.” trol officer from the Apache Junction Police Before Community Council on Weds, Department who was killed in the line of Nov. 4, Enos was presented as a graduate of duty in 1983. This particular award is given the CARLOTA academy. to a member of the graduating class who has D5 Councilman, Frank Pablo, Sr., con- been chosen by his/her peers in the acad- gratulated Enos saying that he knows it was- emy. n’t easy but how remarkable it was that she Of the 12 cadets who started the program, came out on top. “Overall I think the person Enos was one of the remaining five to grad- who is most proud is Mr. Enos.” uate. “I didn’t want to give up. That’s not Officer Enos is the daughter of D5 Coun- Councilman Delane “Tony” Enos ceremonially places the GRPD badge on his daugher, Vanessa Enos at her something I look to do,” she said. “I really cilman Delane “Tony” and Terry Enos. graduation from the Carlotta Academy at CAC/Signal Peak. (GRIN Photo - Mihio Manus) D5 Community member, Enos graduates wanted to become a ranger so I kept up and “Yes, I’m very proud of her and what she’s kept my grades up as well.” accomplished,” Councilman Enos said. from CARLOTA Academy Upon graduating from CARLOTA, Enos “With what she’s accomplished, the rest will is a state certified police officer. However, follow. She’ll be protecting the Community Story by Mihio Manus in her pursuit to become a ranger with the from Districts One to Seven.” SACATON-For D5’s Vanessa Enos, 24, the Signal Peak is a program designed to pre- Gila River Police Department (GRPD), Of- Although her training with the academy is drive to become a Gila River Police Officer pare potential police recruits for entry into ficer Enos will be put through a 12-week over and she no longer has to spend hours was what compelled the young lady through law enforcement positions. In addition to field-training program in which she’ll learn on end at the shooting range in mid-sum- the rigors of an 18-week training program physical fitness training and practical exer- to be an officer of the Gila River Indian mer, triple-digit heat, Officer Vanessa Enos which embodies the CARLOTA Academy. cises, cadets also study matters of the Crim- Community. After which, she will then un- can now look forward in her career as a The Central Arizona Regional Law Offi- inal Justice System, Laws of Arrest, Search dergo another 8-week program where she GRIC ranger patrolling the seven districts cers Training Academy (CARLOTA) of- and Seizure, and Narcotics and Dangerous will learn laws and codes regarding bound- of the Community. fered through Central Arizona College at Drugs among many other subjects. ary and resource protection that rangers Department of Homeland Security, Tohono O’Odham Nation to develop enhanced tribal ID Submitted by The White House Media United States by land or sea—enhancing benefit the greater good. Secretary Napoli- WHTI is a joint initiative between Affairs Office safety and security of U.S. borders while fa- tano, Acting Commissioner Ahern, CBP and DHS and the Department of State that im- cilitating legitimate travel and trade. the Tohono O’odham Legislative Coun- plements a key 9/11 Commission recom- WASHINGTON—The Department of “This agreement will strengthen cil deserve a great deal of credit for their mendation and Congressional mandate to Homeland Security and the Tohono O’od- safety along our borders while providing To- diligence in developing this momentous establish document requirements for travel- ham Nation of Arizona today formalized an hono O’odham members a secure and stan- agreement,” said Chairperson Norris. “The ers entering the United States who were pre- agreement to develop a Western Hemi- dardized ID card,” said Secretary Tohono O’odham Nation is committed to viously exempt, including citizens of the sphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)-compliant Napolitano. “In the months ahead, we will doing its part by working with federal au- United States, Canada and Bermuda. Enhanced Tribal Card (ETC)—signed by continue to build upon these efforts—from thorities to protect the U.S. homeland.” DHS implemented WHTI at land U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) secure identification to preparing for emer- Today’s agreement reflects Secre- and sea ports of entry as of June 1, requiring Assistant Commissioner Thomas S. gencies—with our tribal partners across the tary Napolitano’s commitment to close co- travelers to present an approved travel doc- Winkowski and Tohono O’odham Nation of country.” ordination with tribal partners across the ument to enter the United States. Approved Arizona Chairperson Ned Norris, Jr., in a “This agreement is of tremendous United States on security initiatives and un- documents include passports, U.S. passport ceremony in Washington. importance to the Tohono O’odham Nation derscores the mutual commitment of DHS cards, trusted traveler program cards and The ETC verifies tribal citizenship and is an excellent example of how positive and the Tohono O’odham Nation to enhance state- or province-issued enhanced driver’s and identity for the purpose of entering the government-to-government relations can border security and combat threats of ter- licenses. Upon successful testing and is- rorism and transnational crime through se- suance, ETCs, developed in accordance cure identification. with the signed agreement, will also be ac- Since January, CBP has also signed cepted for border crossings. agreements with the Kootenai Tribe of There are over 28,000 enrolled cit- Idaho, the Pascua Yaqui of Arizona and the izens of the Tohono O’odham Nation. The Seneca Nation of New York. CBP is cur- Nation’s lands contain 75 miles of the inter- rently working with approximately 25 addi- national border in south-western Arizona tional tribes across the country on the ETC and extend into Mexico, covering an area initiative. the size of Connecticut. Sacaton man sentenced to 27 years for 2nd degree murder for vehicular homicide of Gilbert man PHOENIX - Webster Norris III, 44, of collision was at such a high speed that the Sacaton, Ariz., was sentenced yesterday to left side of the victim’s body was mangled, 27 years in prison by U.S. District Judge to include total amputation of his left arm Mary H. Murguia after Norris was found and hand and near amputation of the left guilty of Second Degree Murder and Ag- side of his leg. The victim’s amputated arm gravated Assault by a federal jury on June and hand flew into Norris’s car and into the 26, 2009. Norris was responsible for the back seat. 2008 vehicular homicide of a bicyclist on The evidence showed that Norris never the Gila River Indian Reservation. slowed prior to, or after, hitting the victim. On September 20, 2008, Norris and a Norris drove his vehicle some distance female colleague spent the day drinking and down the road, stopped his vehicle and told driving throughout the Arizona communi- his passenger to get out and run. Norris was ties of Chandler, Maricopa, Casa Blanca, located 48 hours later and claimed he had Casa Grande and Sacaton. Norris had con- no memory of the previous 48 hours due to sumed a 12-pack, as well as 40-ounce cans, his extreme intoxication. Norris had previ- of beer. About 20 minutes before the colli- ously been convicted of Aggravated DUI in sion, Norris raced through a residential area Arizona and had been arrested for DUI where emergency responders were trying to twice in 2007 for drunk driving on the Gila extinguish a residential fire. Although River Indian Reservation. warned to slow down approximately 10 The investigation in this case was con- times, the passenger testified that Norris’s ducted by the Gila River Police Department speed reached as high as 90 mph. and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Norris passed two vehicles and col- The prosecution was handled by Heather lided with a bicyclist, a 60-year-old Gilbert, Belt and Sharon Sexton, Assistant U.S. At- Ariz., man who was cross-training in prepa- torneys, District of Arizona, Phoenix. ration for a marathon. The impact of the Page 8 GRIN November 2009 Tribal Constitution Reform Project Frequently Asked Questions …. About the Proposed Constitution Submitted by the TCRP Task Force Following each of the district presentations on the held special meetings at District 6 and 7 on this issue. Res- community member suggested that the Election Board be Constitution Reform Project, the Tribal Constitution Reform idents of Co-Op Village explained the difficulty they expe- removed from the Community Council Secretary’s Office. Project Task Force (Task Force) received questions regard- rienced in getting services from District 7 Community, they The Community Council Secretary is appointed by and ing proposed amendments. The Task Force is reprinting believe, in part, because District 7 is primarily Maricopa serves at the direction of the Community Council. This some of those questions and answers for your review. while residents of District 6 are Pima. This has led to nu- gives, at a minimum an impression of impropriety or the po- merous issues throughout the years. Residents of District 7, tential for over involvement in elections by the Community •How did the Task Force decide to leave the required acknowledged problems in the past but that there are no cur- Council. Added to the conflict is the Community Council’s blood quantum at ¼ degree Indian blood? rent problems and some residents of Co-Op Village pre- power to sit as the final judge of all elections. After survey ferred to remain a part of District 7 where they receive their of other tribal constitutions, the Task Force reviewed some Blood quantum is critical to membership and many Com- services. that had provisions for an independent elections board. The munity members had many diverse opinions on the topic. Task Force evaluated the idea and decided to include the For example, one suggestion was to eliminate the blood The options were to leave the language as is, to propose concept in the Proposed Revised Constitution. However, in quantum requirement entirely and move to descendency (lin- moving the boundary line so that all of Co-Op Village was an effort to make certain that the independence of the Elec- eal ancestry). Another suggestion was to lower the blood in one of the two districts or to clarify the language of the tions Board was not compromised through budgetary con- quantum from ¼ to 1/8 or 1/16. Others suggested leaving constitution so that it was clear that Districts 6 and 7 each in- straints and work space issues, the Proposed Revised the blood quantum at ¼ but changing the requirement from cluded portions of Co-Op Village. After reporting to their re- Constitution requires the Board to be funded and provided ¼ Indian blood to ¼ Pima or Maricopa blood. Still others spective districts, Task Force Representatives decided to work space. suggested increasing the blood quantum to ½. After re- leave the language “as is” and allow the districts to try to re- viewing all of the suggestions, the Task Force created Draft solve the issues. They reported that many of their district An independent Elections Board is necessary to make cer- 1 of the Proposed Revised Constitution. In Draft 1, the pro- residents opined that other districts shouldn’t “have a say” in tain that the Community Council, Governor’s Office and posed blood quantum requirement was changed from ¼ In- a district where they do not reside. At a recent Legislative Court system do not overly get involved in the elections dian blood to 1/8 Gila River Pima and/or Maricopa blood as Standing Committee Meeting, the Task Force was directed process. Community Council members, the Governor and a basic membership requirement. When Draft 1 was pre- to change the draft language to move the District 6 and 7 Lt. Governor and most of the Court’s judges are elected. To sented to the Community, the Community was asked to pro- boundary line so that all of Co-Op Village was a part of Dis- allow any one of those branches to exercise unchecked au- vide feedback on that specific requirement. Only 76 of 139, trict 6. thority over the procedures and employees responsible for or 55% of those completing surveys indicated that they carrying out the duties of Elections carries, at a minimum agreed with the proposed blood quantum requirement. •Why is there only minimal increase in the educational the appearance of a conflict of interest. The inclusion an in- requirements for elected officials? dependent election board gives an additional protection for The blood quantum requirement directly impacts whether the elections process to speak the voice and message of the one is eligible for membership in the Community and any In the original surveys, many Community members relayed people. changes to this amount will impact the overall membership. that elected officials should be required to meet educational If that threshold is set too low, many people who may not be requirements to serve. Some commented that they make The question arises whether this provision should be a part of Pima/Maricopa descent would be eligible for enrollment multi-million dollar business decisions without the benefit of of an ordinance as opposed to the Community’s constitution. and the benefits that derive from enrollment. On the other advanced education. Others pointed out that an education Although an elections board could be created by the Com- hand, if the threshold is set too high, membership will de- doesn’t mean the person will make the right decision. One munity Council through ordinance, it could also be abolished cline and could affect the long term existence of the Com- person wrote, “Some individuals are smart culture wise – through similar action of the Community Council. One munity. Because blood quantum is such a critical issue, the fair, honest.” After review of all comments, a survey of ed- Community member commented about the proposed lan- Task Force felt it necessary to leave the quantum at ¼ degree ucational requirements in other tribal constitutions as well as guage regarding the inclusion of an independent elections Indian blood and make a recommendation to the Commu- consideration of the requirements to hold public office else- board, “[t]his article is also very good.” nity Council to conduct a detailed study on the issue of blood where, the Task Force decided to balance the two extremes, quantum and how each suggested change, either to increase including an educational requirement with the reality that •What is a Secretarial Election? or decrease blood quantum will impact the long term exis- some individuals make great leaders, even if he or she has A Secretarial Election is the election necessary to amend the tence of the Community. All of these factors should be stud- not had an opportunity to pursue higher education. Community’s Constitution. It is a federal election, super- ied in great detail to determine what the effects of a change vised by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and conducted using in blood quantum would have on the Community. Once •What are the benefits of a separation of powers? procedures outlined in the Code of Federal Regulations. these issues are analyzed, each Community member voting Tribal elections law does not apply. on any proposed change would have better information on “Separation of powers” is generally used to describe a sys- how the change will or could impact the Community’s exis- tem of checks and balances on the government and its three •Why does the Bureau of Indian Affairs have to conduct tence over time. branches: legislative, executive and judicial. Under this sys- the elections to amend the Community’s Constitution? tem, each branch of government is delegated certain powers •Draft 1 of the Proposed Revised GRIC Constitution while, at the same time, exercises oversight over the other The Community’s Constitution was originally adopted as a contained term limits for the Governor, Lt. Governor two branches so that no one branch can become more pow- part of the Indian Reorganization Act and the terms of the and the Community Council members. The final draft erful than the other two. This concept was added to the draft Community’s Constitution require a Secretarial Election to only has term limits for the Governor and Lt. Governor. based upon numerous comments received from interested amend the Constitution. The Bureau of Indian Affairs con- Why were term limits for the Community Council re- Community members raised in the first round of presenta- ducts the election as a representative of the Secretary of the moved? tions. In the responses to Draft 1, Community members Interior and in accordance with 25 CFR Part 81. overwhelmingly indicated that they support the inclusion of Early survey results indicated Community members wanted a separation of powers into the Community’s Constitution. •I’m already registered to vote in tribal elections, will I term limits for elected officials. Draft 1 did include a limit Of the 139 responses received, 115, or 83% of those re- need to register for the Secretarial Election? on the number of terms one could serve as Governor, Lt. sponding indicated they agreed with the addition of separa- Governor or Community Council member to 2 four year tion of powers, 10 or 7% disagreed with adding separation Yes, you will need to register for the Secretarial Election. terms. However, responses to the surveys on Draft 1 demon- of powers and 14, or 10% did not answer the question. The Secretarial Election is an election that is supervised by strate overall that support for term limits was not strong. On the Bureau of Indian Affairs and is conducted using proce- this issue, 139 Community members were asked if they liked •Why is there a succession plan included in the Final dures contained in the Code of Federal Regulations. Those the term limits. Only 86, or 62% of those responding agreed Draft? regulations require eligible individuals to register to vote in with the term limit concept, while 46 Community members the Secretarial Election. either did not answer the question or answered they didn’t Article IX of the current Community Constitution spells out like the term limits. One comment on the topic was, “[t]he what happens if there is a vacancy in the Office of the Gov- •Is the Secretarial Election the same as a Tribal Election? interest currently shown by members to run for office is so ernor, the Lt. Governor acts and if, the Governor’s absence few that limiting could give even less choices.” Another is permanent the Lt. Governor succeeds the Governor’s Of- No, a Secretarial Election is a federal election governed by pointed out, “[t]here are some very effective council people fice and the Office of the Lt. Governor become vacant. federal law and federal procedure. A Tribal Election is gov- who should be allowed to serve more than 2 terms.” Term However, there is no plan for succession if there is an ab- erned by tribal law and tribal procedure. limits were left in the final draft for the Governor and Lt. sence in both the Office of the Governor and Lt. Governor. Governor to reduce the potential for concentrated power in This could be an issue because there would be on one ful- •How old do I have to be to vote in the Secretarial Elec- one person who might be re-elected time and time again. filling the duties until an election could be held. The pro- tion? posed draft includes a provision for the Treasurer to assume •What is the issue with the District 6 and 7 Boundary? the responsibilities of the Office of Governor if there is a va- You must be eighteen (18) years of age or older on the date cancy in the Office of the Governor and Lt. Governor due of the election. The Community’s Constitution has an internal conflict re- death or disability of both officers. This succession plan will garding the District 6 and 7 boundaries and directly affect- make certain that the business of the Office of the Governor •I live off the reservation. Will I be allowed to vote in the ing the Co-Op Village. Article XI, Section 1 describes the and Lt. Governor will continue until the next election in the Secretarial Election? boundaries for each district with a legal description followed unlikely event that both the Governor and Lt. Governor are by an identification of the villages. The legal description for unable to serve. Yes, the Bureau of Indian Affairs notified the Community District 6 and District 7 crosses through the Co-Op Village via letter dated September 22, 2009 that Community mem- leaving a portion within District 6 and a portion within Dis- •What are the benefits of an independent Election trict 7. The village identification, however, states that Co- Board? Continued on Page 9 Op Village is a part of District 6. The village description for District 7 only includes Maricopa Colony. The Task Force In one of the first surveys conducted by the Task Force, one November 2009 GRIN Page 9 TCRP FAQs bers who are qualified to vote and who reg- ister to vote in the Secretarial Election will that the Community’s Constitution may be amended “by a majority vote of qual- Elder recieves home after 30 years be allowed to vote, regardless of residence. ified voters … voting in a [ ] [Secretarial] election …., provided at least thirty (30) •The TCRP Task Force submitted the percent of those entitled to vote shall vote Final Draft Constitution to the Commu- …” What does this mean? nity Council. Will there be changes made and who will make these changes? This section spells out how many people must participate in the election in order for The Legislative Standing Committee and a change to be made. Remember, one must the Government & Management Standing meet certain eligibility requirements to be Committee voted to send the Final Draft for able to register to vote in a Secretarial Elec- Law Office review. Once that review is tion and then must actually register. Those complete, the document could be sent onto that do are the “qualified voters”. Of the the Council and the Community Council or total number of qualified (registered) vot- the Legislative Standing Committee or ers, at least 30% must participate in the Government & Management Standing election by voting. If that 30% threshold is Committee could ultimately decide whether met, and a majority votes in support of the they want additional changes to the docu- proposed amendments, it will pass for fur- ment, if and when they will submit a request ther review by the Bureau. If less than 30% to the Bureau of Indian Affairs for a Secre- participate, the measure will fail, even if tarial Election. more people vote to support the amend- ments. For example, if only 100 Commu- •What happens after the Proposed Re- nity members register to vote, 30 of those vised Constitution is submitted to the Bu- registered voters must actually vote in the reau of Indian Affairs? Secretarial Election in order for the results to count. Once submitted to the Bureau of Indian Af- fairs, along with a resolution from the Com- •What happens if the Proposed Revised munity Council requesting a Secretarial Constitution does not pass? Election, they will begin a legal and techni- cal review of the document. There will be In 1990, there was a Secretarial Election. on-going communication between the Bu- Although a majority of those voting voted reau and the Tribe on this review in an effort to support the amendments, 30% of those to finalize the document to the satisfaction who registered to vote did not actually vote, of both parties. so the attempt failed. It will ultimately be the decision of the Community Council •Article XVII of the Community’s Con- whether additional attempts by the govern- stitution states that the Secretary of Inte- ment are made to revise the constitution. rior shall be responsible “to call an election on any proposed amendment at •If the Proposed Revised Constitution the request of the Council or upon receipt passes, when will it go into effect? Ernestine Blackwater during her open house. (GRIN Photo - Roberto A. Jackson) of a petition signed by five hundred (500) eligible voters, members of the Commu- If the Proposed Revised Constitution is SACATON-Ernestine R. Blackwater, D3, was extremely grateful for her new home dur- nity.” What does this mean? passed, the document must still be approved ing a recent open house event. Blackwater had moved into the Sacaton Elderly Complex by the Secretary of Interior. Once ap- in 1979 after her original home was condemned. The 85 year old elder was approved This section means that the Community proved, the effective date will be deter- for a replacement home by Council in 1983. “It’s working together making sure every- Council may ask for a Secretarial Election mined. The Proposed Revisions are not in one does their part,” said Lt. Governor Joseph Manuel. or at least 500 Community members who effect right now. Fera Wapaha, Blackwater’s granddaughter, worked tirelessly to ensure her meet voter eligibility requirements may ask grandmother would have her house replaced after 30 years. Wapaha finally took the the Secretary for a Secretarial Election to •Can I vote with an absentee ballot? matter to Governor William R. Rhodes. “He was really disturbed,” said Wapaha of Gov- amend the Community’s Constitution. Very ernor’s reaction to Blackwater’s circumstances. “He was going to make sure her house much like the provisions relating to Initia- Absentee voting is allowed, provided that was going to be built.” After a prayer Blackwater expressed her gratitude. “I waited so long…bless all tive and Referendum, this language is a you meet the criteria outlined in Part 81 of of the houses.” She also added, “Thank you with all my heart.” reservation of powers to the people. the Code of Federal Regulations. The Bu- The event was also attended by D3 Councilman Myron Schurz, and members reau of Indian Affairs will send notification of the Department of Community Housing. •The Community’s Constitution states of how to request an absentee ballot. A Decade Later, Lifestyle Changes or Metformin Still Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk Study reports on persistence of benefits seen in the Diabetes Prevention Program Intensive lifestyle changes aimed at raises the risk of a heart attack or stroke and lifestyle intervention group developed type 2 research training on some of the most com- modest weight loss reduced the rate of de- of developing type 2 diabetes in the next 10 diabetes annually, an incidence rate that re- mon, severe and disabling conditions affect- veloping type 2 diabetes by 34 percent com- years. mained steady throughout the DPPOS. ing Americans. The Institute’s research pared with placebo in people at high risk for The DPPOS is a continuation of the When the DPP ended in 2001, the metformin interests include diabetes and other en- the disease, researchers conclude based on DPP, a large, randomized trial in 3,234 over- and placebo groups were developing dia- docrine and metabolic diseases; digestive 10 years of data. weight or obese adults with elevated blood betes at the rate of 8 and 11 percent a year, diseases, nutrition, and obesity; and kidney, Participants randomly assigned to glucose levels. Researchers announced the respectively. In 10 years, however, the urologic and hematologic diseases. For more make lifestyle changes also had more favor- initial findings of the DPP in 2001, a year yearly diabetes incidence rates for the drug information, visit www.niddk.nih.gov. able cardiovascular risk factors, including earlier than scheduled because results were and placebo groups had also fallen to about The National Institutes of Health lower blood pressure and triglyceride levels, so clear: after three years, intensive lifestyle 5 to 6 percent, and the lifestyle intervention (NIH) — The Nation’s Medical Research despite taking fewer drugs to control their changes reduced the development of type 2 group’s rate remained at this lower level. Agency — includes 27 Institutes and Centers heart disease risk, according to the study. diabetes by 58 percent compared with “Sustaining even modest weight and is a component of the U.S. Department Treatment with the oral diabetes placebo. Metformin (850 milligrams twice loss with lifestyle changes is highly chal- of Health and Human Services. It is the pri- drug metformin reduced the rate of develop- a day) reduced it by 31 percent compared lenging, but it produced major long-term mary federal agency for conducting and sup- ing diabetes by 18 percent after 10 years with placebo. health rewards by lowering the risk of type porting basic, clinical and translational compared with placebo. Results of the Dia- Intensive lifestyle changes con- 2 diabetes and reducing other cardiovascu- medical research, and it investigates the betes Prevention Program Outcomes Study sisted of lowering fat and calories in the diet lar risk factors in people at high risk of de- causes, treatments, and cures for both com- (DPPOS), which examines the persistence and increasing regular physical activity to veloping diabetes,” said lead author and a mon and rare diseases. For more information of the interventions tested in the Diabetes 150 minutes per week. Participants received principal investigator for the study, William about NIH and its programs, visit Prevention Program (DPP), appear online in training in diet, exercise (most chose walk- Knowler, M.D., Dr.P.H., of the NIDDK in www.nih.gov. The Lancet on Oct. 29, 2009. ing), and behavior modification skills. In the Phoenix. “Once we learned how dramati- In the United States, about 11 per- first year of the DPP, this group lost 15 lbs. cally this intervention reduced diabetes onset Contact: cent of adults—24 million people—have di- on average but regained all but about 5 in the DPP, we offered modified training in Joan Chamberlain abetes, and up to 95 percent of them have pounds over 10 years. The metformin group lifestyle changes to all participants, which Mary Harris 301-496-3583 NIDDKMe- type 2 diabetes. An additional 57 million has maintained a loss of about 5 pounds, and probably contributed to the falling diabetes firstname.lastname@example.org overweight adults have glucose levels that the placebo group lost less than 2 pounds rates in the placebo and metformin groups.” are higher than normal but not yet in the di- over the decade. NIDDK, part of the NIH, conducts abetic range, a condition that substantially About 5 to 6 percent of those in the and supports basic and clinical research and Page 10 GRIN November 2009 Governor’s Employee of the Month Native American Recognition for Oct. ’09 – Ramona Tecumseh Run Against Diabetes ‘09 SRPMIC-Once again Gila River Indian Winners who receive awards in their Community has brought home their 8th age category: Governor Rhodes congratulates Ramona Tecumseh with a special plaque be- Award for the Most Participation Travel- Wally Kyyitan, Gary Johnson Sr., Chris fore Council. (GRIN Photo - Roberto A. Jackson) ing Team. Loma, Chris Allen, Clyde Antone, Rod Ramona Tecumseh has been the activities include a vibrant, enthusiastic and Congratulations to all who took Marrietta, Eugene Allison, Rita Sue Ira Hayes Memorial Librarian for over 3 leadership filled resume of community serv- part in the 5k, 2 mile, 1 mile and kids 50 Ysaguirre, Mavin Klain, Sky Reed Dawn years. Ramona is from the Nebraska Win- ices that include the following: yard DASH. You make a difference in our Thank you Gila River families for your nebago and Meskwaki Nation. She received community through health and fitness. participation. a Bachelor of Arts in English Education at • Ramona unequivocally demonstrates Stay active! the University of New Mexico. Ramona her genuine interest in this community’s ed- later received a Master’s degree in Educa- ucation and literacy through personal in- tional Administration and Supervision with vestments in the library building and book • Ramona continues to exemplify com- the current library improvements, updated some doctoral work later at Arizona State collection. She has also collaborated with munity service qualities as an avid member reading selections and national programs she University. educational and reading programs to in- of the Museum and Cultural Advisory Coun- has brought to our Ira Hayes Memorial Li- Ramona’s exemplary day-to-day clude bringing the PBS Kids Raising Read- cil for the City of Mesa from July 2003 to brary. She has moreover dedicated time to work activities include improvements on ers Library Corner summer reading June of this year. Her services were so ad- local, state and international library and lit- the library seeking out regional and national program to this community. The program mired that she received an award from Scott eracy programs as an officer, member or programs and grants; updating current read- involved parents and kids participating in Smith, the Mayor of Mesa and the Mesa task force affiliate. ing lists, information and references; cata- numerous educational and reading pro- City Council. loging, as well as all the public relations grams and exercises — all aimed at form- • For her enduring commitment to vol- activities to ensure that there is a positive ing a lasting relationship with the • More recently, Ramona was asked to unteer unselfishly, for her vibrant enthusi- outlook for the continued growth and use of community’s young readers. serve as a task force member for the Inter- asm in service to this community’s the library. national Federation of Library Association. educational and literacy integrity, and for These areas are the basic qualify- • Ramona is Co-chair of the Arizona She will be part of a Special Interest Group demonstrating consistent leadership quali- ing elements for considering a Governor’s Tribal Libraries organization which com- (SIG) on Indigenous Matters within Library ties in all aspects of these services: we are Employee of the Month candidate. How- prises 23 tribal libraries in this state. She is Services (IFLA SIG) addressing a Multicul- honored to award this plaque and a $200.00 ever, Ramona’s outstanding achievements to date a participating planner and organizer tural Populations Sections forum to gather value gift of her choice to RAMONA in the voluntary arena, above and beyond for the upcoming 7th Annual Gathering of in Goteberg, Sweden in 2010. TECUMSEH, EDUCATION DEPART- her normal work duties and responsibilities, Arizona Tribal Libraries to be held at the MENT EMPLOYEE and GOVERNOR’S distinguished her to become October’s 2009 Ak-Chin Indian Community commencing • Ramona has accepted the position of Li- EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH for OCTO- Governor’s Employee of the Month. These this Friday November 6. brarian with vigor and enthusiasm as seen in BER 2009. November 2009 GRIN Page 11 Page 12 GRIN November 2009 November 2009 GRIN Page 13 Gila River Business Directory ADVERTISING, MARKETING & PUBLIC RELATIONS OTHER ART Letha Lamb (480) 820-2464 Marketing Factory, Inc. David Johnson (520) 418-3454 Pima Boy Furniture Earlton Lewis (520) 562-3393 Rare Breed CLOTHING & TEXTILES (Home Décor & Glass Etching) Sheila Rhodes (520) 562-2935 Yarn Baskets Dawn Evers (520) 705-3402 Sa’alik Creations Earlton Lewis (520) 562-3393 Rare Breed SALES & SERVICE (T-Shirts & Upholstery) Pat Smith (520) 430-4277 Thunder Woman Creations Cameron Rivers (520) 450-0158 Cameron Rivers Construction Carlos Lucero (520) 251-0374 O’otham Transportation & Pure Sandy Nasewytewa (520) 430-3453 Coyote Kids Rain Water email@example.com David Lucero (520) 796-1260 or (602) 750-0916 Lucero’s Automotive Sara Bird-in-Ground (520) 560-2940 Native American Designs firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Deborah Griffin (602) 717-5410 Mary Kay Products Yolanda Elias (520) 430-3002 Delbert Johnson (520) 610-8091 D & J Hay Sales John Antone (520) 610-0776 Hemajkam Productions (Sound Systems) DRAWING & PAINTING Joseph Robles (520) 315-2122 Stohaj Hohhi Construction firstname.lastname@example.org Amil Pedro (520) 315-4012 Amil Pedro Traditional Art Linda Stone (480) 217-5117 Gila Graphics email@example.com Matt Kisto (602) 380-7957 VMK Enterprises, Inc. Antonelli Anton (520) 562-3618 Au’thum Painting (Janitorial supplies & Moving services) vmkenterprises.com Mike Zillioux (520) 430-2096 Misha Gonzales (520) 562-9287 MTO Smoke Shop & Gifts Olen Perkins (520) 705-3987 Southwest Painter Reyna Byler (520) 796-2063 Red Horse Barber & Beauty www.southwestpainter.com Salon Russell Blackwater (520) 562-4003 Tribal Images firstname.lastname@example.org Shane Lynch (602) 803-6399 Ruben Ringlero (602) 621-1946 Edit2Video email@example.com ENTERTAINMENT & DANCE GROUPS Sharon Newkirk (602) 510-8703 Scents Lingerie n Products Bob Villa (602) 705-2320 Desert Man Music Shawn Ruiz (520) 285-6936 Shure Hot Salsa Mrs.Bob@DesertManMusic.com Clifton Pablo (602) 796-3495 Chuck’s Trail Riding Adventures TRAINING & CONSULTING SERVICES Jacob Antone (520) 562-3044 First Class Native firstname.lastname@example.org Amil Pedro (520) 315-4012 email@example.com Russell Blackwater (520) 562-4003 DJ Blackwater Yolanda Elias (520) 430-3002 Traditional Dancers Tim Terry Jr. (480) 734-4191 Seminar & Workshop Facilitator Yolanda Hart-Stevens (602) 826-2280 Traditional Dancers firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Yolanda Hart Stevens (602) 826-2280 PeePosh Project firstname.lastname@example.org FOOD & CATERING Yvonne Garcia (480) 374-0762 Creative Native Consulting (Web Design & Network Consulting) Anna Miguel (602) 432-4362 Anna’s Catering email@example.com Beatrice Benitez (480) 593-0267 Pastries & More by Bea Pastries_by_bea@yahoo.com Danelle Spring (602) 616-6832 The Rez Stop TRADITIONAL BEADWORK, POTTERY, GOURDS, BASKETS, ETC. Eugina Apkaw (520) 418-3236 Apkaw Family Catering Amil Pedro (520) 315-4012 Amil Pedro Traditional Art firstname.lastname@example.org Francine Sieweyumptewa (520) 562-3686 Smohon Gev, Shaved Ice Kermit Bread (520) 550-1240 Traditional Pottery Jose Gonzales (520) 550-0052 Big Joe’s Catering Philbert Soroquisara (520) 430-3050 Pipai-Kavay Arts & Crafts Gourd Sharon Miguel (520) 418-2142 Sharon’s Catering email@example.com Sherry Mark (520) 796-3313 Coyote Kettle Corn & Food Sales Phillip C. Robles (520) 483-5108 Gifted-Gifts Woodwork, Etc. Suzanne (Julie) Acuna (520) 518-2402 4 Sisters Rikki Se:va:lek Francisco Msg: (520) 562-6120 Akimul Awawtham Baskets Valerie Manuel (520) 315-1360 J.B.’s Ice Cream Truck by Se:va:lek Weldon Salkey (520) 418-3007 Pima Indian Fry Bread Yolanda Hart-Stevens (602) 826-2280 Traditional Beadwork firstname.lastname@example.org GRAPHIC DESIGN & PHOTOGRAPHY B. Elaine Blackwater (480) 768-7714 Blue Star Images Joseph Williams (480) 329-4571 Dekalkomania NOTE: Every effort is made to have contact information updated, email@example.com however if you are unable to reach any of the business owners, Kenneth Manuel (480) 895-3298 Ken’s Art Work please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Suzanne (Julie) Acuna (520) 518-2402 4 Sisters Graphic Design Terrance Booth, Jr. (602) 358-3764 Eagleboy Designs Economic Development Department JEWELRY Entrepreneurship Program P.O. Box 97 Aaron Sabori (602) 300-6626 Red Hide Enterprises email@example.com 315 W. Casa Blanca Rd. Antonelli Anton (520) 562-3618 Kelvin (Casey) Bilagody (520) 251-1695 Anton Silversmith Silversmith Sacaton, Arizona 95247 Lisa & Nathaniel Percharo (520) 550-2884 Percharo’s Jewelry Phone (520) 562-6120 Pamela Pratt (480) 390-8597 Premier Designs Jewelry Morago@gilanet.net Fax (520) 562-6125 Tim Terry, Jr. (480) 734-4191 Shell Jewelry, Arts & Crafts firstname.lastname@example.org Page 14 GRIN November 2009 Can diabetes be prevented? Yes it can! Don’t know if you have pre-dia- betes? Then come see us! Or make an ap- Center, with office hours from 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday. The DPP Team can be Can diabetes be prevented? YES, it can! that will have a big impact on your risk of pointment with your doctor and ask for a reached at 520-562-3321 ext. 1242 or 520- We know that genetics plays a role in a per- getting diabetes. The DPP is always look- diabetes screening. The Diabetes Preven- 562-7940. son’s risk of developing diabetes. But did ing for community members who have pre- tion Program is located at Hu Hu Kam Me- Together We CAN Prevent Dia- you know that a person’s lifestyle also has a diabetes and want to do something about it. morial Hospital and at the Komatke Health betes! huge impact on their risk of developing dia- We are now enrolling for our next set of betes? By making small lifestyle changes to classes. the foods you eat and the amount of physi- People with pre-diabetes have cal activity you get, you can greatly reduce higher than normal blood sugar levels, but your risk of getting diabetes. not high enough to be considered diabetes. The Diabetes Prevention Program Most people do not know if they have pre- (DPP) is committed to helping you prevent diabetes. Persons may be at risk for pre-di- diabetes, because diabetes doesn’t have to abetes if they are overweight, have a family be your future. The DPP offers education history of diabetes, or had gestational dia- and support to help you make small changes betes when pregnant. congratulates our former partner Michael C. Shiel on his appointment as General Counsel Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community 1215 Paseo de Peralta 80 E. Rio Salado Pkwy. 500 4th Street, N.W. P.O. Box 8180 Suite 305 Suite 400 Santa Fe, NM 87504 Tempe, AZ 85281 Albuquerque, NM 87102 November 2009 GRIN Page 15 Halloween Spirit Creeps Across the Community/Photos by Jeri Thomas Page 16 GRIN November 2009 Sparkle and Shine at the VHM Congratulations VHM Alternative Alumni Association Car Wash School Students! The staff at Vechij Himdag jelica Saiza. By Lillian Kim Franklin MashchamakuD would like to congratulate Thanks to a generous donation Vechij Himdag MashchamakuD the following 33 students who had 90% at- from Councilman Myron G. Schurz and tendance or better last month: Tia Benally, Mrs. Schurz and an anonymous donation SACATON-VHM Alumni Association Pres- says other Alumni Association events are Chastity Bread, Dallas Brown, Daniel Cas- from a VHM supporter, VHM took the 33 ident, Moranda Morago, was happy with the being planned to help the school. Look for tro, Gabriel Castro, Maria Echeverria, Ce- students on a lunch trip to Native New results of her first Alumni Association event. flyers! celia Enos, Patrice Gage, Alicia Gonzalez, Yorker to celebrate their great attendance. Morago, a freshman at Central Arizona Col- Angelicia Gonzalez, Kara Jones, Amberis VHM would like to send out our apprecia- lege and the daughter of District Four com- Jose, Hannah Kisto, Heidi Kisto, Kassandra tion and thanks to Councilman Myron G. munity member Rondell Norris, said the Koory, Nischelle Lewis, Santiago Lopez, Schurz and Mrs. Schurz for helping out and event she helped to organize, raised almost Isiah Manuel, Sydney Mendivil, Ricardo sponsoring part of our lunch costs support- three hundred dollars for the school. O’Dell, Joshua Pablo, Joshua Paul, Millicent ing VHM’s commitment to excellent atten- “I was really happy that our event Pratt, Miguel Ramirez, Amy Rhodes, Mal- dance for all students. And a big thank you could help to raise money for the students,” colm Santos, Warren Santos, Bronco Somer- to our VHM families for supporting their Morago stated. The car wash money will be ton, Joe-Michael Somerton, Juan Thomas, students in their goal to graduate. used to support transportation (gas for Shereen Townsend, Micco Sabori, and An- busses) and for healthy breakfast and after- noon snacks for the students. The Vechij Himdag Alternative School board came out to support the alumni with a snack and soft drink sale during the carwash. “The fresh fruit and healthy snacks really keep the kids going – they have a very long day 8:00Am to 4:30PM.” Angie Wilt- shire informed the parents and community members who came out to support the school. Students CeCe Enos and Amy Rhodes “We really want to thank everyone and Alumni Jordan Morago and Moranda who came out to get their car washed and Morago wash up cars from all over Gila supported the students at VHM.” Morago River Indian Community. Alumni Association President Moranda Alumni Association president Moranda Morago, Alumni Association Secretary Morago and student Amy Rhodes put the Jordan Morago and School Board Secre- finishing touches on cars at the VHM Car- tary Angie Wiltshire encourage everyone wash. The carwash raised almost three to come to the carwash. hundred dollars for the school. November 2009 GRIN Page 17 Gila River Jr. Rodeo Series Gila River Jr. Rodeo Series Standings The first of the Gila mittee members whom are all vol- Mix @ 520.610.0558, or David River Junior Rodeo Series began unteering not only their time but Yesk @ 520.709.0123. on a September 19, 2009 at the also their expertise in rodeo and D>J Arena in Blackwater-District with the support of Gila River The following are the One. It was a good turnout with Tribal Recreation to make this not schedule event stops and the cur- 70+ contestants entered not only only a social event for the com- rent standings from Blackwater- from Gila River but also from the munity but a successful Junior District One. surrounding tribes with the ages Rodeo. of the competitors ranging from 0- We are also looking for Thank you. 5, 6-11, 12-13, and 14-17 ages. sponsors for help in the awards. If There were several you are interested in providing a Gila River Junior Rodeo Series events which varied from Stick donation please call Delbert John- Committee Horse barrel racing, Dummy Rop- son Sr @ 520.610.8091, Penny ing, and Stick Horse race for the younger crowd (0-5) to ribbon and team roping, barrel racing, calf and steer riding to breakaway roping and Bull Riding (14-17). The crowd was great with plenty of action for everyone and although it was a little warm, no one seemed to be bothered by it. Even the cattle, horses and bulls seemed to enjoy the day and cooperated with their respective owners. The series will continue from Blackwater-District One, to District Four-Stotonic, October 31, 2009 at Mix Arena, then to District Five-Casa Blanca, Loper’s Arena on November 28, 2009 (With a post Thanksgiving BBQ Dinner for everyone!) and the last one in District Six on De- cember 12, 2009 with the Finals to be announced at a later date. I would like to thank all that came out, contestants and parents for their support and their participation to make this, the first of five rodeos a successful event. A big thank you for all the com- Page 18 GRIN November 2009 New Native American Cuisine Recipes from Arizona’s only Five-Star and Five-Diamond Kai Restaurant PHOENIX, AZ- (September 2009) One of the nation’s most these flavorful combinations. highly lauded restaurants, Kai at the Sheraton Wild Horse The resort’s Michelin trained, Executive Chef, Pass Resort & Spa, is one of only fourteen U.S. restaurants Michael O’Dowd considers it his privilege to be a thought- and the first ever Native American restaurant to garner both ful caretaker of the Gila River Indian Community’s culinary the AAA Five-Diamond Award and Mobil Travel Guide’s story. Working diligently to learn traditional recipes and Five-Star Award. present them in a new setting is O’Dowd’s way of paying It is with accolades like these, by exhibiting an ap- homage to the past while weaving a new culinary future for preciation for a culinary sense of place and through an un- Native American inspired cuisine. wavering devotion to Five-Star/Five-Diamond service The hardcover copy of the book was released on standards that the Kai team has brought an ancient cuisine to September 1, is $24.95 and is available for purchase at the the forefront of epicurean dialogue with passion and has resort, on www.amazon.com and in most major bookstores. earned the attention of the culinary world. The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, lo- Now, with the release of The New Native American cated on the Gila River Indian Community, is a total desti- Cuisine, Kai’s top chefs along with prominent food writer nation resort showcasing the heritage, culture, art and Marian Betancourt bring more than fifty time-honored and legends of the Pima and Maricopa Tribes. The resort offer- unique Five-Star quality recipes to your table. ings include: 500 culturally themed rooms, Mobil Five- zona. Specialties include grilled tenderloin of buffalo Star/AAA Five-Diamond Dining at Kai, the Mobil Four-Star with smoked corn puree, sweet corn panna cotta with pick- Native American Aji Spa; 36-holes of Troon-managed golf Jack Strong, was the Chef de Cuisine at Kai for three years led local squash, wood-grilled butternut squash puree with at Whirlwind Golf Club; the 1,000-acre Koli Equestrian and became an essential ingredient in the restaurant’s recipe Pima cotton candy, and butter-basted lobster tail on fry bread Center, and a boat cruise to the Wild Horse Pass Casino and for success. Prior to his role in Kai he was the Sous Chef at with avocado mousse. The recipes vary in complexity, but Rawhide Western Theme Town. For more information The Phoenician’s Windows on the Green restaurant in each will be sure to open an inspiring new arena of culinary please visit: www.wildhorsepassresort.com. Scottsdale. In April 2009, Strong returned to his native Pa- adventures. The book contains a glossary of essential Na- cific Northwest to head up the kitchen of the Salish Lodge tive American foods and a shopping guide. Most of the in- About the Authors in Snoqualmie, Washington, where he now lives. gredients required are available everywhere, and others can be easily acquired from specialty producers or online. Michael O’Dowd, the award-winning Executive Chef of Marian Betancourt is the author or coauthor of more than a Not only does this magnificent book present un- Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort, approaches his position dozen books, including The Texas Hill Country Cookbook: forgettable recipes, it acts as a passport into the great ex- with visionary zeal and coined the term “Native American A Taste of Provence (Globe Pequot). Her writing about food panse of the Sonoran desert. It gives readers the opportunity Cuisine with Global Accents.” He has worked at positions at and travel has appeared in numerous newspapers and mag- to experience true appreciation for Native American Cuisine notable five-star, five-diamond hotels and in New York azines, including American Heritage for which she wrote and the rich history, culture, and agricultural traditions of City’s finest restaurants. He has been showered with na- about the Mashantucket Pequots of Connecticut. She lives in the Gila River Indian People and their land that cultivated tional food and beverage media. He lives in Phoenix, Ari- New York City. to the passionate and talented Kai team writer Marian Betancourt bring more than 2010 RANKINGS POSITION KAI AS whose daily aspirations to deliver world- fifty time-honored and unique Five- class experiences clearly do not go unno- Star/Five-Diamond quality recipes to your ARIZONA’S ONLY FIVE-STAR/FIVE- ticed.” table. Not only does this magnificent book It is with accolades like these and by present unforgettable recipes, it acts as a DIAMOND RESTAURANT exhibiting an appreciation for a culinary passport into the great expanse of the Sono- sense of place that the Kai team has brought ran desert. It gives readers the opportunity PHOENIX, AZ (November 10, 2009) – rience in Arizona. an ancient cuisine to the forefront of epi- to experience true appreciation for Native Forbes Travel Guide (formerly Mobil Travel Kai, the Pima word for seed, opened with curean dialogue with passion and has earned American Cuisine and the rich history, cul- Guide), yesterday announced their list of the resort in October of 2002 with unique the attention of the culinary world. ture, and agricultural traditions of the Gila 2010 award winners. Kai restaurant at the cuisine, coined “Native American with With the recent release of a new cook- River Indian People and their land that cul- Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa was Global Accents” by the resort’s Michelin book, The New Native American Cuisine, tivated these flavorful combinations. awarded Forbes Travel Guide’s highest rat- trained, Executive Chef, Michael O’Dowd, Kai’s top chefs along with prominent food ing with the Five-Star Award. Kai now who considers it his privilege to be a stands alone as one of only 17 Five-Star thoughtful caretaker of the Gila River Indian restaurants in all of North America and the Community’s culinary story. Working dili- sole restaurant in Arizona to receive this gently to learn traditional recipes and pres- prestigious commendation. ent them in a new setting is O’Dowd’s way In addition, AAA last week an- of paying homage to the past while weaving nounced their list of 2010 Five-Diamond a new culinary future for Native American Award winners and Kai was the only restau- inspired cuisine. In so doing, Kai has won rant in Arizona to be named to this vener- the hearts of Resort guests, local and na- ated list. These recent announcements mark tional epicureans alike. Kai’s second Five-Star rating and fourth “It is truly humbling and a distinct honor to Five-Diamond designation. This dual again be deemed one of the finest dining es- recognition solidifies Kai’s position as the tablishments in the world,” said Bunty most celebrated and acclaimed dining expe- Ahamed, General Manager. “It is a tribute November 2009 GRIN Page 19 New Boys and Girls Club in D6 is a state of the art facility By Jeri Thomas commemorate the season.” The major features of the Club are D6-No longer will it be necessary for the the two gymnasiums, computer learning kids and staff to endure sweltering heat due center, and a full-service commercial to ineffective swamp coolers. The brand kitchen. The auxiliary gym features an ele- new Boys and Girls Clubs is a point of pride vated performance stage complete with a in Komatke. The 32,000 square foot facil- wheelchair lift. ity is located at 51st Avenue and Pecos Road. The outdoor play area includes a Since 1995, the Komatke Branch lighted football field that doubles as a soc- was located at the cafeteria and gymnasium cer field, and a 50-foot fire pit, thanks to of the former St. John’s Indian Mission Councilman Terrance Evans, D6, who School. The structure was built in the early posed the idea to the architects, said Jordan 1960s. According to Father Dale, Phoenix of WH Pacific. Catholic Diocese, the high school closed in Dixson said the facility incorpo- 1975 and the elementary school closed in rates several green architectural features. A 1990 due to lack of financing and limited reverse osmosis water filtration system, car- enrollment. bon dioxide sensors, and natural lighting Benny Dixson, Tribal Projects will add to the quality of playtime experi- Manager, believes that the facility is dilap- ences and make visits to the Club memo- idated beyond repair. “The building lived rable ones. Children from the Boys and Girls Club stand with new basketballs donated by rep- out its life. The exterior structural walls are Jones said the Komatke Branch resentatives from WH Pacific. (GRIN Photo - Jeri Thomas) cracking, the sewer system is cast iron serves 92 kids daily, with 342 enrollees. pipes, and the electrical wiring is unsafe. Hours of operation are Monday through Mouse droppings are everywhere.” Thursday 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Fridays 1 The price tag was close $5 million p.m. to 7 p.m. dollars. “It took a few budget mods [2001, The GRIC funded two Clubs for 2002, and 2006] by the Council,” Dixson the past 14 years. The Sacaton Branch said, but the project had the support of the opened its doors to a brand new facility in Community and was totally funded with 1996. The Sacaton Branch serves 75 kids on tribal dollars, he added. a daily basis with 386 enrollees. The Club is To help kick-off the fun at the new open for limited hours on Saturdays. Club, WH Pacific recently donated 10 bas- According to Jones, open gym at ketballs for the kids to enjoy. Local children Komatke is Monday and Wednesday 6:30 accepted the gifts from Carl Jordan and p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Parents and kids travel Gene Valentine, representatives from WH from all areas throughout the Community to Pacific, project architects. The leather bas- enjoy the beautiful amenities. ketballs, customized with GRIC and BGC The BGC of the East Valley will logos, are inscribed with, “Thank you from soon hold its two annual fundraisers. The your friends at WH Pacific.” 13th Annual Boys and Girls Club of the East According to Jason Jones, Club Valley Golf Tournament will be held on Director and 13-year BGC employee, the Nov. 20 at the Whirlwind Golf Club and the The new Boys and Girls Clubs features two gymnasiums, a computer learning cen- Bids for Kids Silent Auction and Dinner, ter, and a full-service commercial kitchen. The auxiliary gym features an elevated per- new Club opened in August. formance stage complete with a wheelchair lift. (GRIN Photo - Jeri Thomas) Jones said activities are in full Nov. 21, at the Sheraton at Wild Horse Pass swing. “The flag football season recently Resort and Spa. ended with a banquet for the kids and par- Look for a Komatke Branch grand ents. Red Arrow Homes donated the food opening date tentatively set for December. and each kid went home with a medal to According to Benny Dixson, Tribal Projects Manager, the old Boys and Girls Club fa- cility (above) was dilapidated beyond repair. (GRIN Photo - Jeri Thomas) Page 20 GRIN November 2009 ‘Problem Child’ Gunning for New Speed Record during 2009 IHBA NAPA Auto Parts World Finals Top Fuel Hydro Boat Looks to Re-write Drag Boat Racing Record Book and Finish 2009 Strong upon the Speedy Waters of Firebird Lake GILA RIVER INDIAN COMMUNITY –Eddie Knox has long been the owner of a “Prob- lem Child.’ He’ll soon be bringing that sassy youngster to Arizona for the 2009 IHBA NAPA Auto Parts World Finals, scheduled for Nov. 20-22 upon Firebird Lake at Firebird In- ternational Raceway. But don’t feel too bad for Knox. Because of that uppity youngster, he can now say his ‘Problem Child’ is the world’s fastest prop driven boat after tearing up waters off San Diego with an elapsed time of 4.56 seconds at a speed of 265.52 miles-per-hour – the fastest speed in drag boat racing history. One might think Knox, driver Daryl Ehrlich and the team at Eddie Knox Racing would be satisfied following their amazing time registered last month during the San Diego Bay Fair. Well guess what! Knox thinks ‘Problem Child’ can go faster! He believes the pris- Test & Tune; Thursday, Nov. 19: $10; kids 12 and under free to general admission areas tine conditions of Firebird Lake – known across the International Hot Boat Association with a paying adult. (IHBA) as the world’s fastest quarter mile on the water – could allow the team to reach the Friday, Nov. 20: tickets range from $25 to $55; kids 12 and under free to general admission 270 mile-per-hour plateau! areas with a paying adult. “Firebird Lake has an awful lot of bite to it,” Knox said. “It’s a very fast track! We Saturday, Nov. 21: tickets range from $34 to $65; kids 12 and under free to general admis- think there’s a very good chance we can go 270 miles-per-hour at Firebird.” sion areas with a paying adult. That would make ‘Problem Child’ quite the problem indeed for competitors in the Sunday, Nov. 22: tickets range from $38 to $75; kids 12 and under free to general admis- IHBA Lucas Oil Top Fuel Hydro category. While winning the World Finals wouldn’t be sion areas with a paying adult. enough to propel ‘Problem Child’ to a season points title, Knox said capturing the most prestigious event in drag boat racing while setting a new world speed record would be a Ticket combos for multiple days are also available, ranging from $65 to $88. General park- great way to close out 2009. ing begins at $10, with lakeside RV parking available for $750. “This event is the Grand Daddy of drag boat racing,” Knox explained. “It’s been a long time since I’ve won there, and I would love to do it this year.” About Firebird International Raceway While Knox, Ehrlich and ‘Problem Child’ are gunning for a record and a World Fi- Since it’s inception in 1983, Firebird International Raceway has grown into one of the most nals win, two other Top Fuel teams will be gunning for the season points’ title during the versatile and diversified motor sport venues in the world. A staple of Metropolitan Phoenix’s 2009 IHBA NAPA Auto Parts World Finals. Defending World Champion Speed Sports Spe- sports and entertainment scene, Firebird’s annual attendance regularly eclipses the 600,000 cial, owned by Lou Osman and driven by John Haas, and challenger Spirit of Texas (David mark. The track is home to four road courses, three skid pads, the 120-acre Firebird Lake Kirkland/driver Scott Lumbert) are in neck-and-neck duel for the 2009 world title heading and its famous quarter-mile drag strip. into the season’s final event at Firebird. Similarly tight points races exist in several different categories of racing, ensuring The Gila River Indian Community-based facility features a prominent calendar of champi- a breathtaking weekend of drag boat racing for fans attending this year’s IHBA NAPA Auto onship-series events including annual stops by National Hot Rod Association Full Throttle Parts World Finals. Drag Racing Series and the International Hot Boat Association as well as its popular Mon- The 2009 IHBA NAPA Auto Parts World Finals is scheduled from Nov. 20-22 on ster Truck Nationals event. Firebird also hosts dozens of smaller public and private events Firebird Lake at Firebird International Raceway. A Test & Tune is scheduled from 10 am each year, as well as professional race team testing, ride-and-drives for major automobile to 4 pm on Thursday Nov. 19. During the actual event, racing will begin each day at 7:30 manufacturers, concerts, and corporate meetings. To learn more about Firebird Interna- am. Tickets prices are as follows: tional Raceway, please visit www.firebirdraceway.com. November 2009 GRIN Page 21 Community Council Action Sheets for Oct. 7 and Oct 21 meetings ACTION SHEET approval) Council with Recommendation for Approval) District Community Cleanup Program (G&MSC Forwards to Community Council Presenter: Dante Nash Presenter: Jennifer Giff Council with Recommendation for Approval) PO Box 2138 APPROVED APPROVED Presenter: Cheryl Pablo Sacaton, Arizona 85147 5. A Resolution Approving and Designating 18.1 Acres of 19. A Resolution Approving and Authorizing an Agreement APPROVED Phone: (520) 562-9720 Community Land in District Six of the Gila River Indian between the Gila River Indian Community and Rothstein, 36. A Resolution Authorizing a Grant Award from the Gila Fax: (520) 562-9729 Community for the Purpose of Development and Construc- Donatelli, Hughes, Dahlstrom & Schoenburg, LLP for Fiscal River Indian Community’s State-Shared Gaming Revenues The first regular monthly meeting of the Community Council tion of a Tribal Subdivision as Shown in Drawing No 20606- Year 2010 (G&MSC Forwards to Council with Recommen- to the City of Casa Grande for Cesar E. Chavez College was held Wednesday, October 07, 2009, 9am, in the Com- 0392DI1 (NRSC Forwards to Council with recommendation dation for Approval) Scholarships (G&MSC Forwards to Council with Recom- munity Council Chambers at the Governance Center in for approval) Presenter: Jennifer Giff mendation for Approval) Sacaton, Arizona. Presenter: Dante Nash APPROVED Presenter: Cheryl Pablo CALL TO ORDER APPROVED 20. A Resolution Approving and Authorizing an Agreement APPROVED Presiding Chairman Governor William R. Rhodes called the 6. A Resolution Approving the Acquisition for Rights-of-Way between the Gila River Indian Community and Dorsey & 37. A Resolution Authorizing a Grant Award from the Gila meeting to order at 9:00 AM with a quorum of 13 Council for a Grant of Easement across Allotted Land Parcels for the Whitney, LLP for Fiscal Year 2010 (G&MSC Forwards to River Indian Community’s State-Shared Gaming Revenues Members present. Purpose of Constructing, Operating, Managing, Maintaining Council with Recommendation for Approval) to the City of Mesa for the Banner Health, Through the Eyes INVOCATION a Roadway and Utilities by the Gila River Indian Commu- Presenter: Jennifer Giff of a Child Capital Campaign (G&MSC Forwards to Council District 5 Councilman Delane Enos provided the invocation nity’s Department of Transportation (NRSC Forwards to APPROVED with Recommendation for Approval) (District 6 Councilman Anthony Villareal, Sr. arrived during Council with recommendation for approval) 21. A Resolution Approving and Authorizing an Agreement Presenter: Cheryl Pablo invocation; quorum equals 14) Presenter: Antonelli Anton and Calvin Touchin between the Gila River Indian Community and Fadell, Ch- APPROVED ROLL CALL APPROVED eney & Burt, P.L.L.C. for Fiscal Year 2010 (G&MSC For- 38. A Resolution Authorizing a Grant Award from the Gila Roll Call was taken via circulating Sign-In sheet. 7. A Resolution Approving a Fifty (50) Year Homesite As- wards to Council with Recommendation for Approval) River Indian Community’s State-Shared Gaming Revenues Executive Officers Present at Roll Call: signment Agreement for B. Elaine Blackwater, District One Presenter: Jennifer Giff to the City of Goodyear for the Homeward Bound, Helping Governor William R. Rhodes of the Gila River Indian Community and Designated as APPROVED the Working Poor Program (G&MSC Forwards to Council Lt. Governor Joseph Manuel Drawing No. 20106-2434 (NRSC Forwards to Council with 22. A Resolution Approving and Authorizing an Agreement with Recommendation for Approval) Council Members Present at Roll Call: recommendation for approval) between the Gila River Indian Community and Public Policy Presenter: Cheryl Pablo D1—Augustine Enas, Arzie Hogg; D2—Jewel Whitman; Presenter: Pamela Pasqual Partners for Fiscal Year 2010 (G&MSC Forwards to Council APPROVED D3—Myron Schurz, Rodney Jackson; D4—Darrell Ger- APPROVED with Recommendation for Approval) 39. A Resolution Authorizing a Grant Award from the Gila laugh, Barney Enos, Jr., John Antone, Rebecca Rowe; D5— 8. A Resolution Requesting the Secretary of Interior to take Presenter: Jennifer Giff River Indian Community’s State-Shared Gaming Revenues Delane Enos; Franklin Pablo, Sr., Brian Davis; D6—Anthony Allotments 3850, 3851, 3852, 3853, 3932, and Portions of APPROVED to the City of Chandler for the Seton Catholic Preparatory Villareal, Sr.; D7—Devin Redbird Allotments 3576 and 3577 into Trust on Behalf of the Gila 23. A Resolution Approving and Authorizing an Agreement High School Master Plan (G&MSC Forwards to Council with Council Members Present after Roll Call: River Indian Community under Section 210 of the Arizona between the Gila River Indian Community and Polese, Piet- Recommendation for Approval) D5—Brenda Robertson (9:05); D6—Albert Pablo (9:05), Ter- Water Settlements Act, Public Law 108-451 (NRSC & zsch, Williams & Nolan, P.A. to Provide Legal Services for Presenter: Cheryl Pablo rance B. Evans (9:13) G&MSC Forward to Council with recommendation for ap- Fiscal Year 2010 (G&MSC Forwards to Council with Recom- APPROVED APPROVAL OF AGENDA proval) mendation for Approval) 40. A Resolution Authorizing a Grant Award from the Gila APPROVED WITH AMENDMENTS: TABLE RPTS #3 & #5; Presenter: Kimberly Dutcher Presenter: Jennifer Giff River Indian Community’s State-Shared Gaming Revenues ADD GILA CROSSING MIDDLE SCHOOL WRITTEN PLAN, APPROVED APPROVED to the City of Mesa for the Foundation for Burns and & PRESENTATION #2 FASTEST DRUMMER CHAMPION 9. A Resolution Approving and Authorizing an Agreement 24. A Resolution Approving and Authorizing an Agreement Trauma, Inc., Forever Courage House (G&MSC Forwards to PRESENTATIONS between the Gila River Indian Community and Adkins Re- between the Gila River Indian Community and Rosette & Council with Recommendation for Approval) 1. 2010 US Census—Video search Associates for Fiscal Year 2010 (NRSC Forwards to Associates, P.C., to Provide Legal Services during Fiscal Presenter: Cheryl Pablo Presenter: Jane Johnson-Woody Council with recommendation for approval with added ver- Year 2010 for the Gila River Indian Community Constitution APPROVED 2. Fastest Drummer Champion—Basha High School biage that the money will be coming out of the Water Settle- Reform Project (G&MSC and LSC Forward to Council with 41. A Resolution Authorizing a Grant Award from the Gila Presenter: Joseph Manuel, Jr. ment Fund) (G&MSC Forwards to Council with Recommendation for Approval) River Indian Community’s State-Shared Gaming Revenues MINUTES – None Recommendation for Approval) Presenter: Jennifer Giff to the City of Phoenix for the Phoenix Rescue Mission, REPORTS Presenter: Jennifer Giff APPROVED Changing Lives Center for Women and Children (G&MSC *1. Akimel O’odham/Pee-Posh Youth Council Report APPROVED 25. A Resolution Approving and Authorizing an Agreement Forwards to Council with Recommendation for Approval) Presenter: Michael Preston 10. A Resolution Approving and Authorizing an Agreement between the Gila River Indian Community and Osborn Male- Presenter: Cheryl Pablo REPORT HEARD between the Gila River Indian Community and Hardee Con- don, P.A. For Fiscal Year 2010 (G&MSC Forwards to Coun- APPROVED *2. Blackwater Community School Annual Report 2008-2009 sulting, Inc., for Fiscal Year 2010 (NRSC Forwards to Coun- cil with Recommendation for Approval) 42. A Resolution Authorizing a Grant Award from the Gila Presenter: Jacquelyn Power cil with recommendation for approval with added verbiage Presenter: Jennifer Giff River Indian Community’s State-Shared Gaming Revenues REPORT HEARD that the money will be coming out of the Water Settlement APPROVED to the City of Mesa for the Gene Lewis Boxing Club *3. Sacaton Elementary School 3rd Quarter Progress Report Fund) (G&MSC Forwards to Council with Recommendation 26. A Resolution Approving and Authorizing an Agreement (G&MSC Forwards to Council with Recommendation for Ap- Presenter: Carol Virkler for Approval) between the Gila River Indian Community and Andrea J. proval) TABLED AT APPROVAL OF AGENDA Presenter: Jennifer Giff Curry, Esq. for Fiscal Year 2010 (G&MSC Forwards to Presenter: Cheryl Pablo 4. Joint Control Board – Progress Report APPROVED Council with Recommendation for Approval) APPROVED Presenter: Harlan Bohnee & Gary Parker 11. A Resolution Approving and Authorizing an Agreement Presenter: Jennifer Giff 43. A Resolution Authorizing a Grant Award from the Gila REPORT HEARD between the Gila River Indian Community and Gookin Hy- APPROVED River Indian Community’s State-Shared Gaming Revenues 5. Bahidaj Harvest 2009 drology, LLC for Fiscal Year 2010 (NRSC Forwards to Coun- 27. A Resolution Approving and Authorizing an Agreement to the City of Casa Grande for the Natural Education Center Presenter: Robert Johnson cil with recommendation for approval with added verbiage between the Gila River Indian Community and Akin Gump Farm Filled Ag-Ventures (G&MSC Forwards to Council with TABLED AT APPROVAL OF AGENDA that the money will be coming out of the Water Settlement Strauss Hauer & Feld, L.L.P., For Fiscal Year 2010 (G&MSC Recommendation for Approval) 6. GRHC FY ’09 3rd Quarter Report For Community Funded Fund) (G&MSC Forwards to Council with Recommendation and NRSC Forwards to Council with Recommendation for Presenter: Cheryl Pablo Programs for Approval) Approval) APPROVED Presenter: Richard Narcia & GRHC Representatives Presenter: Jennifer Giff Presenter: Jennifer Giff 44. A Resolution Approving the Location Transfer of the Gila REPORT HEARD APPROVED APPROVED River Casinos-Wild Horse Pass Liquor License(s) from its 7. Office of Planning & Evaluation Annual Report – FY 2009 12. A Resolution Approving and Authorizing an Agreement 28. A Resolution Authorizing a Grant Award from the Gila Current Location of 5550 W Wild Horse Pass Road, Chan- Presenter: Hank Cannon between the Gila River Indian Community and Franzoy Con- River Indian Community’s State-Shared Gaming Revenues dler, Arizona 85226 to the New Wild Horse Pass Casino REPORT HEARD sulting, Inc. for Fiscal Year 2010 (NRSC Forwards to Coun- to Pinal County for the Anti-Meth Coalition (G&MSC For- being Constructed by the Casino Expansion Owners Team Motion to break for lunch until 1:30; motion carried cil with recommendation for approval with added verbiage wards to Council with Recommendation for Approval) at 5040 W Wild Horse Pass Blvd, Chandler, Arizona 85226 Presiding Chairman Governor Rhodes reconvened the that the money will be coming out of the Water Settlement Presenter: Cheryl Pablo (G&MSC Forwards to Council with Recommendation for Ap- meeting at 1:30; quorum of 13 Fund) (G&MSC Forwards to Council with Recommendation APPROVED proval) [Councilman Rodney Jackson departed meeting; submitted for Approval) 29. A Resolution Authorizing a Grant Award from the Gila Presenter: Harold Baugus and Kenneth Manuel Absence memo to Secretary; quorum equals 16] Presenter: Jennifer Giff River Indian Community’s State-Shared Gaming Revenues APPROVED 8. Gila River Gaming Enterprises, Inc. (Executive Session) APPROVED to Pinal County for the Medical Examiner’s Office Equip- 45. A Resolution Approving the Enrollment of Aaron Angel Presenter: Harold Baugus & Board of Directors 13. A Resolution Approving and Authorizing an Agreement ment (G&MSC Forwards to Council with Recommendation Molina into the Gila River Indian Community (LSC Forwards MOTION WAS MADE TO ENTER INTO EXECUTIVE SES- between the Gila River Indian Community and Peter A. for Approval) to Council with Recommendation for Approval) SION; MOTION CARRIED Mock Groundwater Consulting, Inc. for Fiscal Year 2010 Presenter: Cheryl Pablo Presenter: Francisco Osife REPORT HEARD IN EXECUTIVE SESSION (NRSC Forwards to Council with recommendation for ap- APPROVED APPROVED 9. Gila River Gaming Commission General Report – August proval with added verbiage that the money will be coming 30. A Resolution Authorizing a Grant Award from the Gila ORDINANCES: 2009 (Executive Session) out of the Water Settlement Fund) (G&MSC Forwards to River Indian Community’s State-Shared Gaming Revenues 1. The Gila River Indian Community Council Hereby Presenters: Courtney Moyah & Scott Sanderson Council with Recommendation for Approval) to Maricopa County for the Phoenix Zoo, Edventures Educa- Amends Title 13 of the Gila River Indian Community Law REPORT HEARD IN EXECUTIVE SESSION Presenter: Jennifer Giff tional Program (G&MSC Forwards to Council with Recom- and Order Code (LSC, G&MSC and H&SSC Forward to 10. Osborn Maledon Report Summarizing 2009 Work (Exec- APPROVED mendation for Approval) Council with Recommendation for Approval) utive Session) 14. A Resolution Approving the Extension of the Term of the Presenter: Cheryl Pablo Presenter: Jennifer Giff and Arthur Felder Presenter: David Rosenbaum Appointment of the Chairman of the Gila River Indian Irriga- APPROVED APPROVED REPORT HEARD IN EXECUTIVE SESSION—COUNCIL tion and Drainage District to the Joint Control Board from a 31. A Resolution Authorizing a Grant Award from the Gila 2. The Gila River Indian Community Council Hereby Re- AND ATTORNEYS ONLY One-Year Term to a Term of Three Years (NRSC Forwards River Indian Community’s State-Shared Gaming Revenues scinds Ordinance GR-05-01, Communicable Disease Ordi- MOTION WAS MADE AND SECONDED TO EXIT EXECU- to Council, with recommendation for approval) to the City of Tucson for the Planned Parenthood Arizona, nance, and Enacts the Communicable Disease Ordinance TIVE SESSION; MOTION CARRIED VIA UNANIMOUS Presenter: Gary Parker Generation See Program (G&MSC Forwards to Council with to be codified at Title 17, Chapter 9, Communicable Disease VOICE VOTE APPROVED Recommendation for Approval) Ordinance, of the Gila River Indian Community Law and RESOLUTIONS 15. A Resolution Approving and Authorizing a Lease Agree- Presenter: Cheryl Pablo Order Code (LSC and H&SSC Forward to Council with Rec- *1. A Resolution Authorizing and Approving a Land Use ment between the Gila River Indian Community and Native APPROVED ommendation for Approval) Agreement between the Gila River Indian Community and American Connections, Inc. for the Lease of Commercial Of- 32. A Resolution Authorizing a Grant Award from the Gila Presenter: Rebecca Hall and Dr. Griggs the Gila Crossing Community School for 10.6060 Acres of fice Space for the Gila River Indian Community’s Urban River Indian Community’s State-Shared Gaming Revenues APPROVED Community Trust Land Located in District Six of the Gila Members Service Center (G&MSC Forwards to Council with to City Of Phoenix for the Valley of the Sun School, Valley 3. Enacting the 2009 Gila River Indian Community Code, River Indian Reservation for the Operation and Maintenance Recommendation to DENY and give a 30-day notice to Na- Transportation (G&MSC Forwards to Council with Recom- Providing for the Repeal of Certain Ordinances and Resolu- of the Gila Crossing Community School (NRSC & ESC For- tive American Connections) mendation for Approval) tions, and Providing for the Manner of Amending the Code ward to Council with recommendation for approval) Presenter: Jose Solarez Presenter: Cheryl Pablo (LSC Forwards to Council with Recommendation for Ap- Presenters: Joshua Mike and Kimberly Dutcher DENIED/GIVE 30-DAY NOTICE TO NAC APPROVED proval) APPROVED 16. A Resolution Approving Amendment #1 to the October 1, 33. A Resolution Authorizing a Grant Award from the Gila Presenters: Tom Murphy and Sheila Riley-White 2. A Resolution Approving the Community Research Review 2008 Agreement between the Gila River Indian Community River Indian Community’s State-Shared Gaming Revenues APPROVED Committee’s Policies and Procedures and Forms (H&SSC and Pietzsch, Bonnett and Womack, P.A. (G&MSC For- to the City of Tempe for the Tempe High School International UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Forwards to Council with recommendation for approval) wards to Council with Recommendation for Approval) Baccalaureate Program (G&MSC Forwards to Council with *1. Department Of Community Housing Monthly Report - Presenter: Law Office Presenter: Lisa Guzman Recommendation for Approval) August 2009 (GMSC Forwards to Council under Unfinished APPROVED APPROVED Presenter: Cheryl Pablo Business) 3. A Resolution Approving the Guidelines for Minors’ and 17. A Resolution Rescinding Resolution GR-78-07 which Au- APPROVED Presenter: Nellie Gilmore Legal Incompetents’ Gaming Revenue Per Capita Trusts thorized the Immediate Removal of Cecelia Martinez as the 34. A Resolution Authorizing a Grant Award from the Gila REPORT HEARD (HSSC & G&MSC Forward to Council with recommendation Superintendent of Pima Agency of the Bureau of Indian Af- River Indian Community’s State-Shared Gaming Revenues 2. Two (2) Appointments to Gila River Gaming Commis- for Approval) fairs (G&MSC Forwards to Council with Recommendation to the City of Phoenix for the Girl Scouts – Arizona Cactus- sion—Board of Commissioners Presenter: Law Office for Approval) Pine Council, Adelante Jovencitas Program (G&MSC For- Presenter: Community Council APPROVED Presenter: Anthony Villareal, Sr. wards to Council with Recommendation for Approval) Votes were as follows: Marla M Lemos—12; Serena M 4. A Resolution Approving and Designating 35.44 Acres of DEFEATED Presenter: Cheryl Pablo Community Land in District Six of the Gila River Indian 18. A Resolution Approving and Authorizing an Agreement APPROVED Community for the Purpose of Development and Construc- between the Gila River Indian Community and Elizabeth 35. A Resolution Authorizing a Grant Award from the Gila CCSO Action Sheets tion of a Tribal Subdivision Shown in Drawing No. 30508- Rosenbaum to Provide Legal Representation during Fiscal River Indian Community’s State-Shared Gaming Revenues 0401A (NRSC Forwards to Council with recommendation for Year 2010 for an ICWA Matter in Iowa (G&MSC Forwards to to the City of Maricopa for the Maricopa Redevelopment continued on Page 22 Page 22 GRIN November 2009 CCSO Action Sheets From Page 21 Joaquin—4; Dallas DeLowe—1; Jeri Thomas—3; Donna -Request for donations for back work room supplies wing lobby] cil, with recommendation for approval) Rhodes—0; Ampara Chee—11; Penny K. Hayes—1; -GRIC football team playing in TO Presiding Chairman Governor Rhodes reconvened the Presenter: Charles Enos VOTES FOR MARLA LEMOS (3yr term) & AMPARA CHEE -District 1 Veterans Day meeting with quorum of 12 members present APPROVED (6mo term) CERTIFIED ADJOURNMENT: MINUTES 2. A Resolution Approving and Authorizing an Amendment NEW BUSINESS: MOTION WAS MADE AND SECONDED TO ADJOURN; 1. June 17, 2009 (Regular) #2 to the Agreement between the Department of Environ- 1. Request for the Gila River Indian Community Regional MOTION CARRIED VIA UNANIMOUS SHOW OF HANDS MOTION TO TABLE MINUTES #1, #2, #3, & #4 mental Quality of the Gila River Indian Community and Partnership Council to Remain a Separate Region (ESC MEETING ADJOURNED AT 5:19 2. August 5, 2009 (Regular) Roger K. Ferland, ESQ., Quarles & Brady Streich Lang, and H&SSC forward to Council with recommendation to * Denotes TABLED from previous meeting(s) TABLED L.L.P. (NRSC Forwards to Council, with recommendation for support the request to remain a separate region) 3. September 29, 2009 (Special) approval) Presenter: Cathy Thornton ACTION SHEET TABLED Presenter: Margaret Cook APPROVED Community Council 4. October 8, 2009 (Special) TABLED AT APPROVAL OF AGENDA 2. Gila Crossing Community & Middle Schools Written Plan PO Box 2138 TABLED 3. A Resolution Approving a Memorandum of Agreement be- 2009-2010 (ESC forwards to Council with recommendation Sacaton, Arizona 85147 REPORTS tween the Gila River Indian Community and Joe and Marilyn to approve the Elementary Campus and Middle School Writ- Phone: (520) 562-9720 *1. Sacaton Elementary School 3rd Quarter Progress Report Heal of Coolidge, Arizona, for the Replacement of a Certain ten Plan only) Fax: (520) 562-9729 Presenter: Carol Virkler Irrigation Ditch within the Newly Acquired Right-of-way along Presenter: Ames Singley The second regular monthly meeting of the Community DISPENSED the Pima Lateral Canal East of the City of Coolidge (NRSC APPROVED Council was held Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 9am, in *2. Bahidaj Harvest 2009 Forwards to Council, with recommendation for approval) 3. Declaration of Vacancy (1) for Gila River Indian Commu- the Community Council Chambers at the Governance Cen- Presenter: Robert Johnson Presenter: David DeJong nity Utility Authority (GRICUA) Board of Directors (NRSC ter in Sacaton, Arizona. REPORT HEARD (PowerPoint viewed) TABLED AT APPROVAL OF AGENDA forwards to Council with recommendation to declare a va- CALL TO ORDER 3. Maricopa Village Christian School 3rd Quarter Report 4. A Resolution Delaying the Enactment of Title 1, Chapter cancy with recommended deadline date of October 29, Governor Rhodes called the meeting to order at 9:02 with a Presenter: Jessica Frame 5, Court Of Appeals and Appellate Procedure Ordinance 2009, at 12 Noon and Appointment at the November 4, quorum of 13 members present REPORT HEARD from October 1, 2009, Until April 1, 2010 (LSC Forward to 2009, Council Meeting) INVOCATION 4. Maricopa Village Christian School Annual Report 2008- Council with recommendation for approval) Presenter: William Pezalla District 5 Councilwoman Brenda Robertson provided the in- 2009 Presenter: Jan Morris VACANCY DECLARED vocation. Presenter: Jessica Frame DISPENSED AT APPROVAL OF AGENDA 4. Declaration of Vacancies (2) by Gila River Indian Gaming ROLL CALL REPORT HEARD 5. A Resolution Approving the Enrollment of Angelina Duarte Enterprises, Inc. (GRGE) Board of Directors (G&MSC for- Roll Call was taken via circulating sign-in sheet. 5. Annual Report from Legal Council Roger K. Ferland into the Gila River Indian Community (LSC Forwards to wards to Council with recommendation to declare two (2) Executive Members Present at Roll Call: Presenter: Margaret Cook Council with recommendation for approval) vacancies and for letters and resumes be submitted by No- Governor William R. Rhodes TABLED AT APPROVAL OF AGENDA Presenter: Enrollment Committee vember 12, 2009, by 12 Noon and for the Appointments to Lt. Governor Joseph Manuel 6. DEQ 2009 Third Quarter Report TABLED AT APPROVAL OF AGENDA be made at the regular Council Meeting of November 18, Council Member Present at Roll Call” Presenter: Margaret Cook ORDINANCES: 2009) D1—Augustine Enas, Arzie Hogg; D2—Jewel Whitman; REPORT HEARD UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Presenter: Board of Directors D3—Myron Schurz, Rodney Jackson; D4—Barney Enos, 7. Objections to Application to Sever and Transfer (Power NEW BUSINESS: VACANCIES DECLARED Jr., Rebecca Rowe; D5—Delane Enos, Franklin Pablo, Sr., Point Presentation) 1. Gila River Farms Board of Directors Job Description & 5. Housing Advisory Committee Nominee—District Two and Brenda Robertson, Brian Davis, D6—Anthony Villareal, Sr., Presenter: Jennifer Giff Plan of Operation (EDSC motioned to Forwards to Council District Seven (G&MSC Forwards to Council with Recom- Albert Pablo, D7—Devin Redbird REPORT HEARD with recommendation for approval: (1) Approve salaries of mendation for Approval) Council Member Present after Roll Call: 8. Capital Projects Green Initiative (Power Point Presenta- $24,000 for Board Members; (2) Accept the Plan of Opera- Presenter: Nellie Gilmore D4—Darrell Gerlaugh (9:14); D6—Terrance B. Evans (9:11) tion) tion; (3) Declare (5) Vacancies, and that the letters of inter- APPROVED APPROVAL OF AGENDA Presenter: Wilfred Brown & Casey Turgeon est and resumes be submitted by November 24, 2009 by 6. Transfer of Surveillance Department from GRGE to GRIC Add Lt. Governor Report on Litigation as #9 in Executive REPORT HEARD noon and for the appointments to be made at the regular (With the GRIC FY 2010 Budget underway and an approval Session; Table NB #1; Table Rpt #5 and Resolution #2 & #3, 9. Update on Litigation (Executive Session) Council meeting of December 07, 2009; GMSC concurs.) of a continuous Budget for FY 2009, recognizing a concur- Dispense Resolution #4, Table Resolution #5; APPROVED Presenter: Lt. Governor Joseph Manuel (Executive Committee forwards for discussion) rence memo dated September 30, 2009, motion to forward AS AMENDED MOTION WAS MADE AND SECONDED TO ENTER EXEC- Presenter: Anthony Villareal, Sr. to the Community Council a recommendation of Approval, a PRESENTATION UTIVE SESSION WITH EXECUTIVE, LAW OFFICE, AND TABLED AT APPROVAL OF AGENDA Memorandum of Understanding with GRGE, GRIC, & TGO) 1. Introduction of Miss Indian Arizona 2009-2010 Daryl Lynn COUNCIL; MOTION CARRIED ANNOUNCEMENTS: Presenter: Arthur Felder Jay and Crowning of New Miss Gila River Kristen Dosela Report heard in executive session -November 3, 2009, General Counsel going before AZ APPROVED Helena Rock, Chair of the Ms. Gila River Pageant Commit- MOTION WAS MADE AND SECONDED TO EXIT EXECU- Supreme Court vs. San Carlos Apache Tribe ANNOUNCEMENTS: tee presented Ms. Jay to Council. Ms. Jay addressed TIVE SESSION; MOTION CARRIED -TO football team cancelled out. -Funeral services for former Council member Philbert Soro- Council and thanked the Community for their support. Con- RESOLUTIONS ADJOURNMENT quisara on Friday gratulatory receiving line followed address. 1. Population Survey in the Sierra Estrellas (Komotke, Vii MOTION WAS MADE AND SECONDED TO ADJOURN; -Add travel to NCAI for delegate from District 1 to tomor- Ms. Jay crowned Kristen Dosela as the new Miss Gila River. Alhá) by the Gila River Indian Community Department of MOTION CARRIED VIA UNANIMOUS SHOW OF HANDS. row’s agenda Ms. Dosela introduced herself to Council. Environmental Quality for the Preservation and Conserva- MEETING ADJOURNED AT 1:16 PM. -Request for donation for flowers for Mr. Soroquisara [20-minute break was for brief reception held in Council tion of the Desert Bighorn Sheep (NRSC Forwards to Coun- * Denotes TABLED from previous meeting(s) PUBLIC NOTICE PUBLIC NOTICE The Gila River Indian Community Department of Environmental Qual- The Gila River Indian Community Department of Environmental Qual- ity is announcing that the 30-day public comment period for Hanson’s ity is announcing that the 30-day public comment period for Gila River air quality operating permit officially begins on November 16, 2009. Sand & Gravel San Tan Plant’s air quality operating permit officially Hanson is located at 2126 N. Tanner Road, Sacaton, Arizona 85147. begins on November 16, 2009. Gila River Sand & Gravel San Tan Plant Hanson is being permitted for Particulate Matter less than 10 microns in is located at 2126 N. Tanner Road, Sacaton, Arizona 85147. Gila River diameter (PM10) and Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions. Sand & Gravel San Tan Plant is being permitted for Particulate Matter Public comments will be accepted in writing until December 16, 2009, less than 10 microns in diameter (PM10) and Volatile Organic Com- after which staff will review and respond to all the comments received. pound (VOC) emissions. Public comments will be accepted in writing until December 16, 2009, after which staff will review and respond to Any person may submit a written comment or a request to the Depart- all the comments received. ment to conduct a public hearing for the purpose of receiving oral or written comments on the proposed air quality operating permit. Such Any person may submit a written comment or a request to the Depart- comments and request shall be received by the Department within 30 ment to conduct a public hearing for the purpose of receiving oral or days of the date of the first publication notice. A written comment shall written comments on the proposed air quality operating permit. Such state the name and mailing address of the person, shall be signed by the comments and request shall be received by the Department within 30 person, his agent or his attorney and shall clearly set forth reasons why days of the date of the first publication notice. A written comment shall the permit should or should not be issued. Grounds for comment are state the name and mailing address of the person, shall be signed by the limited to whether the proposed permit meets the criteria for issuance person, his agent or his attorney and shall clearly set forth reasons why prescribed in the Gila River Indian Community Code: Title 17, Chapter the permit should or should not be issued. Grounds for comment are 9 of the Air Quality Management Plan. Only persons who submit writ- limited to whether the proposed permit meets the criteria for issuance ten comments may appeal a permit decision. Copies of the permit appli- prescribed in the Gila River Indian Community Code: Title 17, Chapter cation, the proposed permit, and relevant background material may be 9 of the Air Quality Management Plan. Only persons who submit writ- reviewed during normal business hours at the Department offices. Re- ten comments may appeal a permit decision. Copies of the permit appli- quests and written comments may be delivered or mailed to: cation, the proposed permit, and relevant background material may be reviewed during normal business hours at the Department offices. Re- Gila River Indian Community quests and written comments may be delivered or mailed to: Department of Environmental Quality Attn: Margaret Cook Gila River Indian Community P.O. Box 97/35 Pima St. Department of Environmental Quality Sacaton, AZ 85147 Attn: Margaret Cook P.O. Box 97/35 Pima St. For further information, please contact Dan Blair or Will Antone III at Sacaton, AZ 85147 (520)562-2234 or visit our offices located at 35 Pima St. Sacaton, AZ 85147. Our office hours are Monday thru Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 For further information, please contact Dan Blair or Will Antone III at p.m. (520)562-2234 or visit our offices located at 35 Pima St. Sacaton, AZ 85147. 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