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Volume XXX, Issue 11 - Ak
Volume XXX, Issue 11
Maricopa, Arizona
June 3 - 16, 2016
The Class of 2016
Story and photos by: Runner Staff
Earning a diploma is a wonderful cause
for celebration. Whether its preschoolers
graduating to kindergarten or going from
an undergrad to master’s degree recipient,
achieving academic success not only celebrates
passing tests and submitting homework, it also
celebrates the journey it took to get there.
Wearing a cap and gown symbolizes the hard
work and dedication it took to be able to walk
across the stage while the graduation song
“Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1” plays
through the loud speakers.
Class of 2016 continues to page 3a
Maricopa High School
Class of 2016 graduate
and Ak-Chin Community
Member Marciano Joaquin
shares a moment with his
little brother Abraham.
Danel Peters signs with Chandler Gilbert CC
Story and photos by: J.Ysaguirre
Danel Peters is taking her
talents to south Chandler.
On Friday May 27, hours
after
Danel
graduated
from
Sequoia
Pathway
High School, she officially
signed
her
admissions
letter to attend ChandlerGilbert Community College
and join the 2016-2017
Women’s Basketball team.
Surrounded by her family,
close friends and her new
head coach, Danel Peters
oozed quiet confidence as
she entered the Sequoia gym,
eager to sign her letter of
admission.
“I love her swag she
showcases out on the court”
Danel Peters continues to page 14
Danel Peters officially
signs to CGCC while her
Mom Lerline and David Sr.
watch on.
Casa Grande honors
fallen heroes
Story by: R. Peters,
photo by: Nichole Kakar
Memorial Day is a significant time to
honor the brave men and women who
died while in service to our country.
It was initially observed on May 30,
when flowers that would adorn the
fallen graves would be in full bloom,
and since that time has been observed
on the last Monday of May.
On Monday, May 30, Casa Grande
Memorial Day Committee members
remembered our heroes entombed at
Mt. View Cemetery during a Memorial
Day Ceremony.
Inside this Issue
American flags respectfully waved
over every fallen hero’s grave as Master
of Ceremony, David Snider provided
the Welcome and Order of Service.
After the Wreath Laying Ceremony
was performed Casa Grande Mayor,
Bob Jackson led the Honoring of Fallen
Heroes.
Heroes honored this year included,
Abraham S. Kakar who was born in
Casa Grande, Arizona, March 16,
Memorial Day continues to page 6
Relatives of Abraham S. Kakar honor his memory during the Memorial Day Ceremony on May
30, at Mt. View Cemetery. At Left; Marine Corps League Casa Grande Det. Adjutant Josie KakarDelsi (niece), Joe Kakar (brother), Carlos K. Gamez (son) and Ray Kakar, Sr. (brother).
Page 2
Elder News
Page 5
Page 4
Creative Learning
Page 10
Community Events
NABI
Page 11
Word Search
Pages 1b-4b Ak-Chin Graduations
2a
June 3 - 16, 2016
Council Update
Greetings Community
Membership,
As always, Council hopes
you are all in good health and
all is well with you. Here are
some updates for the month
of May.
The month of May was a
graduation month for all
students who are members
or who reside within the
Community. Congratulations
to all graduates and parents,
from my information received
the number of graduates from
preschool, middle school,
high school and higher
education has surpassed the
number(s) we’ve had in the
past, this year we had 12
graduates from Maricopa
High School.
Education staff credits not
only the students for their
continued hard work, as
well as the parents for their
ongoing support. When
questioned as to the key of
success, a staffer credits the
involvement of parents.
A highlight for me included
being one the guest speakers
for
the
commencement
ceremony for the Maricopa
High School graduating
class of 2016. It was a very
special night due to having
two daughters graduating
from the class, it also marked
30 years since I graduated
myself from MHS.
I was invited to attend the
Arizona State University
(ASU) American Indian
Convocation for Native
American graduates. It was
Mollie Norris lone Ak-Chin medalist
at May Quechan Senior Games
Photos by Candace Allcott
Elders stacked cups, shot some hoops, did the
ring toss, obstacle course, and chicken throw
that brought participants from throughout
Arizona. Members of the Ak-Chin Turtles
and Lizards team combined to participate in
the chair volleyball tournament.
Mollie Norris was the only Ak-Chin elder
to earn medals at this year’s games, placing
first in the ring toss and placing second in the
stackers game.
Mollie Norris stacks cups in a pyramid
shape as quick as she can.
Evelyn Enos walks the
plank during the ladies
obstacle course.
TOP: Ak-Chin elders enjoy a break during
the Quechan Senior Games.
RIGHT: Malinda Pete uses one hand during
the timed paper crunch individual game.
Monday June 6
Red chili stew, carrots
ce:mait apple sauce
Tuesday June 7
BLT sandwich
macaroni salad
peaches
Wednesday June 8
Ground beef burritos
zucchini w/corn
brown rice, Jell-O
Thursday June 9
Chicken party
sandwich, mixed
vegetables
chips, cookies
Friday June 10
15 Bean soup
potato w/gravy
Symptoms appear seven to 12
days after exposure but may
take up to 21 days. It begins
with fever (101 F or higher),
red, watery eyes, cough and
runny nose and is followed
by a rash that is red, raised,
and blotchy. The rash begins
on the face at the hairline and
moves down the body. The
rash may last five to six days.
Newly Identified Public
Exposures:
• Wednesday, May 18, 2016:
o Denny’s, 1851 E Florence
Blvd Casa Grande, from 2 to
Brussel sprouts
corn bread
pudding
Monday June 13
Salad bar, potato soup
Popsicles
Tuesday June 14
Chicken s r fry
white rice, egg roll
yogurt w/berries
ARIZONA - The Arizona
Department
of
Health
Services, Maricopa County
Department of Public Health
and Pinal County Public
Health Services District have
confirmed an additional case
of measles stemming from
the outbreak at the private
detention center in Eloy,
bringing the total number of
confirmed cases to eleven.
The potential exposure area
is being expanded because
some of the identified cases
may have exposed other
people within Pinal and
Maricopa Counties.
“This is an evolving situation,
and given how contagious
measles is, public health
will continue to update our
communities on places of
potential exposure,” said
Dr. Cara Christ, director of
the Arizona Department of
Health Services. “People who
have a rash and fever must
call their healthcare provider
or emergency department
before going to let them know
they may have measles. This
is vital to help stop the further
spread of the disease.”
Rupert Stephens attempts nothing but net during the
men’s basketball throw.
Friday June 3
Turkey pasta salad
Carrots/celery
Crackers, muffins
The
Harrah’s
Ak-Chin
Casino Expansion is moving
forward. Capital Projects
and Planning & Zoning
Commission have met to go
over Site Submittal packages
and how it will be phased into
the project. Following the
Site Submittal, the possible
project start of construction
should begin soon after,
which would be focused on
Thursday June 16
Taco salad, le uce
tomato, cheese
fruit cocktail
Friday June 17
Steaks, baked potato
ranch style beans
corn on cob, cake
Ak-Chin continued its support
with the Special Olympic
Torch Run as members of the
Ak-Chin Police Department,
community staff, and Council
Members participated in
Ak-Chin’s leg of the run.
I commend the Ak-Chin
Police Department for their
fund raisers and financial
support of Special Olympics
of Arizona.
Over 1,500 boys and girls
basketball
players
will
invade the Ak-Chin Indian
Community and the City
of Maricopa as the AkChin Community hosts the
Native American Basketball
Invitational
(NABI)
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
1
2
5
8
9
7
Egg Day
H
Happy
Birthday!
M
Marcella
Lewis
12
13
Movie Day
14
Egg Day
15
TBD/Baseball
Game AZ
Diamondback vs
LA Dodger Game
Time12:40pm
y
Happy Birthday!
Joseph Lope z
16
20
21
Egg Day
Bowling 10 AM
22
Officer Advisory
Board
Meeting 11 AM
Happy Birthday!
Linda Sue Jose
26
27
Elder Advisory
Board
Meeting 1 PM
28
Egg Day
Caregiver &
Grandparents Raising
g
Grandchildren
Outreach Day
@ Elements
Happy Birthday!
Priscilla Allison
Happy
Birthday!
H
Delores Rodri guez
Saturday
4
10
11
Piano w/Celina
Shepard 12 noon
Caregiver Training
8 AM to 1 PM
Salt River Courtyard
Marriott
Happy Birthday!
Marvin Lewis
17
Elder Check Day
18
Happy Father’s Day
Luncheon
12 noon
23 Movie Day
Happy Birthday!
Lillian Shade
29
Friday
3
y!
Happy Birthday!
Daniel Antone
Happy Birthday!
Tribuies Narcia
19
Previously reported public
exposure from another case
includes:
• Saturday, May 21, 2016:
Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino,
15406
North
Maricopa
Road in Maricopa from
approximately 6 a.m. to 2
a.m. (May 22).
• Sunday, May 22, 2016:
Arco AM/PM Store, 2245
East Florence Boulevard in
Casa Grande from 8:30 to 11
a.m.
•
Multiple visits to the
Apostolic Assembly - The
Faith, 424 E. Frontier Street
in Eloy on Sunday May 15
from 1 to 3 p.m., Monday
Thursday
***Calendar Subject to Change***
Eggs Donated by Hickman’s available for pick up every
Wednesday and Thursday from 8AM to 4PM. Breakfast
served from 7:30AM to 9:00AM. Lunch served at 12 noon.
For transportation assistances call the
Elder Center at 520-568-1760.
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5:30 p.m.
o Wal-Mart Pharmacy, 1741 E
Florence Blvd Casa Grande,
from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.
• Thursday, May 19, 2016:
Wal-Mart Pharmacy, 1741 E
Florence Blvd Casa Grande,
from 5 to 8 p.m.
• Daily between May 20,
2016 and May 29, 2016:
Circle K, 2382 N Pinal Ave
Casa Grande from 2:30 PM
to 7:00 PM
• Friday, May 20, 2016:
o Safeway, 1449 N Arizona
Blvd, Coolidge, from 4 to 7
p.m.
o Golden Corral, 2064 E
Florence Blvd, Casa Grande,
from 8 to 11 p.m.
o Ross, 1004 N Promenade
Pkwy, Casa Grande, from 9
p.m. to midnight
o Walmart, 1741 E Florence
Blvd, Casa Grande, from 10
p.m. to 1 a.m.
o Corner Store, 2182 E
Florence Blvd, Casa Grande,
from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
• Friday, May 27, 2016:
Cheddars, 2530 W Chandler
Blvd, Chandler, from 5 to 9
p.m.
June 2016
Bowling 10 AM
Wednesday June 15
Egg salad sandwich
carrot/raisin salad
baked apples
site work and utilities.
tournament the week of June
27th through July 2nd. The
tournament was annually
held in downtown Phoenix
but will move to Ak-Chin this
year.
Prior to the tournament
later
this
month,
the
community
hosted
the
NABI Golf Tournament to
kick-off its tournament at
Southern Dunes Golf Club.
The tourney featured two
former National Basketball
Association (NBA) Legends;
A.C. Green (formerly of the
Phoenix Suns/Los Angeles
Lakers/Dallas
Mavericks/
Miami Heat) and Mark West
(formerly of the Cleveland
Cavaliers/Phoenix
Suns/
Update continues to page 6
Measles Cases confirmed, exposure in
Pinal and Maricopa counties
The Ak-Chin elders traveled to Yuma to
participate in the annual Quechan Senior
Games. Held at the Pipa Event Center at the
Quechan Casino Resort, the elders enjoyed an
overnight stay as they participated in a variety
of individual and team games.
During their downtime, elders enjoyed dining,
sitting at the pool, and the slot machines.
a great experience to be one
of a number of Tribal leaders
throughout Arizona to be
present as over 400 students
received degrees. Graduates
represented their respective
tribes which included; Navajo
Nation, Gila River, Cocopah,
Salt River, San Carlos, and
Tohono O’odham Nation.
30
r Birthday
rl
Quarterly
Party @ Harrah’s
12 noon
Happy Birthday!
Martin Antone Sr.
M
24
Piano w/ Celina
Shepard 12 noon
25
Happy Birthday!
Johnny Lopez
J
May 16 from 6 to 8 p.m., and
Wednesday May 18 from 7 to
8:30 p.m.
• Tuesday, May 17, 2016:
Villa Oasis High School
graduation, 3740 N Toltec
Road in Toltec from 6 to 9
p.m.
What to do if you think you
have measles:
* If you have a healthcare
provider, contact him/her by
phone and let them know that
you may have been exposed
to measles. They will let
you know when to visit their
office so as not to expose
others in the waiting area.
* If you do not have a health
care provider, you may need
to be seen at your local
hospital emergency room/
urgent care center. Please call
before going to let them know
you may have measles. For
more information on measles’
signs and symptoms or where
you may find vaccine, please
check with your healthcare
provider or your county
health department.
You are immune to measles
if you have received two
measles, mumps, and rubella
[MMR] vaccines or were
born before 1957 and have
received one MMR vaccine.
Health care providers are
required to report suspect
cases of measles to their
local health department.
Public health continues to
investigate contacts and
places of exposure for these
new cases. The Department
will continue to provide
updates
and
additional
information on confirmed
cases and potential public
exposure as information
becomes available.
For
information
on
signs and symptoms of
measles, or where you
can find vaccine, please
visit StoptheSpreadAZ.
com. Medical questions
should be directed to
your health care provider.
For
outbreak-related
questions,
community
members may call 602839-2275.
Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino
has been notified by the
Arizona
Department
of Health Services that
on the evening of May
21st from 6 p.m. to May
22nd at 2 a.m. a guest,
who had been confirmed
to have been previously
exposed to measles, was
on site at the casino.
They are following the
recommendations of the
health department. If you
have questions please call
602-839-2275.
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June 3 - 16, 2016
May Community Meeting
Newspaper
of the
Ak-Chin Indian Community
©2016
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Chairman: Robert Miguel
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Council Members: Ann Antone
Gabriel Lopez & Louis Manuel, Jr.
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EPD, Health Education, Him-Dak,
Library, Health & Human Services,
Recreation & MUSD.
The May 23 Community Meeting
began with an opening prayer
from Community member Carmen
Narcia; followed by a welcome and
introduction from Chairman Robert
Miguel.
Ak-Chin Library was the first
department introduced to present.
Library Manager Melanie Toledo
and Librarian Jeff Stoffer led
the presentation, that included
information from staff members;
Karen Gardner, Cecily Peters and
Sandiin Mitchell.
Once all staff members introduced
themselves and provided a brief job
summary, Jeff was more than hyped
to provide in-depth information on
all the fun and exciting programs
that the library staff has lined up for
the summer.
Jeff talked about the awesome eight
week summer reading program, that
included the 1,000 Books before
Kindergarten and Read to Buddy,
as well as 15 amazing things they
will be offering over the summer
including a few new programs like
the adult and elder coloring that
will be held twice a week, with the
adult coloring to be held at Council
chambers and the elder coloring at
the elder center.
Once the Library was finished,
Chairman
introduced
Capital
Projects manager, Judy Purcell to
provide an update on the Casino
Expansion project. Judy informed
the membership about the progress
that has taken place so far on the
casino expansion, to include a Site
Development Submittal for Phase
1, the following day at the P & Z
(Planning and Zoning) meeting,
which was later approved.
Other programs Jeff discussed
included; the Listening Lounge
and Mad Science on Monday,
Board Gameapoolza and Dark
Readings Tuesday, Movie Club and
Lego Learn Time on Wednesdays,
App Tester and Game Hacker on
Thursdays. They will also offer a
rotation of TGIF, Yadi’s Kitchen
and Water Days on Fridays.
Judy also provided information on
the different phases, construction
and timelines for the expansion.
Story and photos by K. Morago
They came to play, seven family
teams enjoying a Jeopardy type
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game format which brought a great
family atmosphere that will not soon
Each team had one member
compete in the special round
during Family Night at the May
Community Gathering.
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Phase 2 will also be dedicated to
creating a new parking garage,
banquet facility, conference room,
new bingo room and new hotel with
29 more suites.
be forgotten at the May Community
Gathering on Thursday, May 26th.
Hosted by the Ak-Chin Youth
Council, they took great care to
making a wonderful evening for
families and sharing their activities
in a creative way. Walking into
the Service Center, displays of
information about Youth Council
were in the lobby.
After a chicken dinner meal, the
focus was on the game board at
the front of the room. Labeled with
“Trivia,” “Act It Out,” “Draw It,”
“Humm It,” and “Race The Clock,”
Youth Council Coordinator Antonio
“Gohk” Davis served as master of
ceremonies explaining that as each
team came up, they would draw
for their activity. Ak-Chin Youth
Council Coordinator Marla Antone
and Youth Council members in
attendance assisted with the game.
Chairman Robert Miguel and his
family were selected to go first.
However, they drew a special decal
that required each team to send a
player to the front for extra bonus
points. Each person blew up a
balloon and if they knew the answer
to a question, they were to sit on the
balloon, popping it to be first to give
an answer.
Teams often chose “Draw It,” and
“Act It Out.” It was fun to watch
families try and interpret what their
other family members were trying
Gathering continues to page 7
Photos and story by J. Ysaguirre
The hot sun has begun
to poke its head out
which means its potato,
alfalfa, cotton, pecan,
corn, barley and oat
season here in AkChin.
This year’s potato
harvest continues to
be one of the main
highlights of this year’s
farming season thus
far.
At the bright and early
time of 4am, the potato
workers at the Ak-Chin
Potato Washing Plant
started their day on the
assembly line making
sure each potato meets
expectations.
While on the line, the
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The expansion will add about
20,000 SF to the casino, which
would allow room to add 100 more
slots per the compact. New venues
include a wine bar, patio and burger
bar/steak house. The Range will be
remodeled to accommodate more
seating for The Buffet and Agave’s
will become a three-meal restaurant,
as a dedicated new Diamond Lounge
is built.
Ak-Chin Youth Council create Fun Family Night for Gathering
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Community, as well as surrounding
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of the north lot and is scheduled
for September 2016. Phase 3 will
include the completion of Phase 2,
and is slated to begin September
2017.
Meeting continues to page 7
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Phase 1 construction is scheduled
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all approvals are in order. Phase 1
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Phase 2 will include the demo
Story by R. Peters
Continues to Page 5
Ak-Chin produces summer crops
workers inspect each
potato by hand, making
sure dirt pockets as
well as any debris
are removed from the
potatoes.
They are then loaded
directly into semitrucks and are shipped
out to Frito-Lay.
From the plant, the
potatoes will then get
turned into delicious
potato chips varying in
different flavors.
This process is repeated
day in and day out
from 4am until about
Noon, right before the
sun gets to its hottest
temperature for the
day.
Potato workers on the assembly give us their best vogue pose with community spuds.
Class of 2016 continued from front
Graduations were a plenty on May
19, and the Runner was in full
force to take them all in, starting
with the Maricopa High School
class of 2016, with a total of twelve
graduating students from the AkChin Indian Community.
As Chairman Robert Miguel
addressed the crowd, he doted
on the fact that it’d been 30 years
from his graduation at good ole
MHS. Chairman was also excited
to recognize in the graduating
class his daughters, Jasmine Ann
Carlyle-Miguel and Yasmin Santa
Cruz, who were among Ak-Chin
classmates; Christian Alvarez, Isaac
Carlyle, Tommy Jensen, Marciano
Joaquin, Esperanza Miranda, Isaac
Miranda, Victor Ortega, Brittany
Paddock, Christopher Pablo and
Nikolai White.
After the concluding procession
out of Ram Stadium, 2016 MHS
graduates were led back to the gym
for a final hoorah and cap tossing,
before heading out to the courtyard
to be greeted by the throngs of
family and friends hollering out
their names to congratulate them.
Taking a cruise up highway 347 to
Lakeshore drive was Raven Vallejo’s
graduation from Marcos De Niza
High School. Her ceremony was a
two hour event which highlighted
academic success as well as allowed
for all seniors to toss their caps into
the air. As families stormed the
field, a fireworks display capped
off the end of the Marcos De Niza
school year and a new beginning for
Raven.
Fireworks may have ended Vista
Grande High Schools but it was
the beginning processional that
energized the graduation ceremony.
A skydiver with an American flag
landed on the field after all the
graduates arrived. With a decorated
mortarboard escribed with “Chief”
and adorned with firefighter
equipment and arrows similar to
those on the tribal seal, Ak-Chin
student Arnulfo Bandin received his
high school diploma. He plans on a
career in the fire service.
Senior
graduations
continued
the following day at the Mesa
Arts Center for Patricia Medina.
Graduating from Desert Hills
Continues to Page 1b
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June 3 - 16, 2016
<TITLE> Ak-Chin
Code Academy Kids visit
InfusionSoft </TITLE>
Story and photos by: J.Ysaguirre
Ak-Chin kids from the Game Hacker club were given a full tour of the InfusionSoft
campus. The tour included free bowls of cereal and a tetherball court.
On May 25, the Ak-Chin Library Code
Academy kids who participate in the weekly
game hacker club got to witness firsthand the experience of intense computer
coding thanks to their field trip to the
Chandler-located InfusionSoft company.
InfusionSoft specializes in small business
product
integration
for
marketing,
e-commerce
and
app
development.
Originally based in Mesa in 2001, the
company has grown exponentially into a
thriving organization estimated at about $80
million in revenue. Their product line heavily
features coding whether its javascript, html
or hypertext preprocessor (known as the
recursive acronym PHP).
Ak-Chin Librarian, Jeff Stoffer and Video
Assistant, Cecily Peters hopped into a
van and drove the Ak-Chin code kids to
InfusionSoft where they were given a tour of
both facilities on the InfusionSoft campus.
They began the tour with a walk through of
the main campus which houses InfusionSoft’s
sales and marketing department as
well as their in-house I.T. department.
G.E.D. students testing
and passing
GED students are off to a
great start in 2016! The 2014
GED exam, that is currently
in use, has undergone a
series of changes that have
helped to give students a
better chance at success.
Our
students
are
demonstrating the positive
results of these changes
Smack dab in the middle of the main building on nearly a weekly basis.
was a tetherball pole which was installed by
Students are consistently
InfusionSoft continues to page 8
practice testing, passing
sections, and then being
The <TITLE> tag is HTML
code (Hypertext Markup
booked for sections of
Language) which defines
the actual GED exam.
a title in the browser
Once students are booked,
toolbar, provides a title
they travel with GED
when added to favorites
Instructor, Desiree Guarino,
and displays a title for a
to one of the approved GED
page in search engine
test sites, most often to
results (like Google).
either Rio Salado College in
Tempe or Central Arizona
College
in
Coolidge.
Most recently, students have
passed most of the sections
attempted at official GED
test sites, which attests to the
practice exam’s accuracy in
predicting whether or not a
student will pass.
The Ak-Chin GED program
currently has a total of seven
students who have passed
one or more sections of the
2014 version of the exam.
Two of these students
have already earned their
GEDs in 2016 and two
more students only need to
pass one more section in
order to achieve the GED!
student, Eduardo Santiago.
The Education Department
is thrilled to announce that
Gloria passed her final section
on this date and is now our
newest
GED
graduate!
Eduardo passed science
on this date as well,
and has now passed the
majority of his GED exam.
All in all, we are thrilled with
the recent successes of the
GED students and encourage
anyone in need of a GED to
come into the GED office to
join the growing list of 2016
GED graduates.
Come into the GED office,
Monday through Friday,
to learn more about how
to achieve your GED!
On Friday, May 27th,
community
member,
by:
GED
Gloria Villarreal, traveled Submitted
Instructor,
Desiree
Guarino,
to Rio Salado College
with
GED
Instructor, 520-568-1284.
Desiree Guarino, and GED
Gloria Villareal shows off her official GED diploma.
L to R: Sisters, Gracie and Marie Ortega along with
Eduardo Ortega tested at Rio Salado College on May
18, 2016.
5a
June 3 - 16, 2016
Farm Continued from Page 3
Val Whitehead, Ak-Chin potato
farm contractor states, “It’s early,
but it’s a lot cooler temperature
being out here at 4am and they
end their day when the sun is the
hottest.”
The potato harvesting process
began in early May and will
continue on throughout the summer
months, ending in August.
NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT
IMPACT AND NOTICE OF INTENT TO
REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS
June 3, 2016
Ak-Chin Indian Community
42507 West Peters and Nall
Road Maricopa, Arizona 85138
520-568-1000
These no ces shall sa sfy two
separate but related procedural
requirements for ac vi es to be
undertaken by the Ak-Chin Indian
Community.
Home grown potatoes rolling down the conveyor belt.
A look
deeper into
the corn life
at Ak-Chin
Farms.
The Ak-Chin Indian Community
proposes
development
of
residen al and administra ve
facili es on an approximately
224-acre parcel on Farrell
Road within the Ak-Chin Indian
Community in Pinal County,
Arizona. The Project is located
in Township 5 South, Range 3
East, a por on of Sec ons 4 and
5, Gila and Salt River Baseline
and Meridian (the Project Area).
This Public Use and Residen al
Development Project (Project) has
been described in the Public Use
and Commercial Area Master Plan
developed through an itera ve
process with community members.
The Project Area borders historical
residen al
neighborhoods
(tradi onal Ak-Chin Village) and
current Community facili es zoned
as “preserva on/sensi ve” lands
to the north; Smith Wash and
commercial enterprises, including
the UltraStar Mul -tainment
Center and Harrah’s Ak-Chin
Casino Resort to the east; and,
ac ve agricultural fields farmed
by Ak-Chin Farms to the south and
west. Funds are being requested
for one element of this project,
construc on of the Cultural Center
on a 7-acre parcel within the 224acre Project Area.
REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS
On or about June 20, 2016 the AkChin Indian Community will submit
a request to the HUD Southwest
Office of Na ve American
Programs for the release of Indian
Community Development Block
Grant (ICDBG) funds under Title
I of the Housing and Community
Development Act of 1974, as
amended to undertake a project
ENVIRONMENTAL CERTIFICATION
known as the Ak-Chin Cultural and
Language Center. The purpose of
the Cultural and Language Center
is to provide a site for cultural,
language and tradi onal ac vi es.
The Cultural and Language Center
Site is a 7-acre parcel located south
of Farrell Road within the Ak-Chin
Indian Community in Pinal County,
Arizona in T5S, R3E, Por on of
Sec on 5, Pinal County, Arizona,
Maricopa USGS 7.5’ Quadrangle
(2014).
The total project
construc on cost is es mated at
$7,895,000. Of which $605,000 is
from through the ICDBG Program
under HUD.
The Ak-Chin Indian Community
cer fies to HUD that the Ak-Chin
Tribal Chairperson consents to
accept the jurisdic on of the
Federal Courts if an ac on is
brought to enforce responsibili es
in rela on to the environmental
review process and that these
responsibili es have been sa sfied.
HUD’s approval of the cer fica on
sa sfies its responsibili es under
NEPA and related laws and
authori es, and allows the Ak-Chin
Indian Community to use Program
funds.
FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT
IMPACT
OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF
FUNDS
The Ak-Chin Indian Community
has determined that the 224acre development Project, which
includes the 7-acre Cultural and
Language Center, will have no
significant impact of the human
environment.
Therefore,
an
Environmental Impact Statement
(EIS)
under
the
Na onal
Environmental Policy Act of 1969,
as amended (NEPA) is not required.
Addi onal project informa on
is contain in the Environmental
Assessment (EA) on file at the AkChin Planning and Development
Department, 42507 West Peters
and Nall Road, Maricopa, Arizona
85138 and may be examined or
copied weekdays 8:00 AM to 5:00
PM.
HUD Southwest Office of Na ve
American Programs will accept
objec ons to its release of
funds and the Ak-Chin Indian
Community’s cer fica on for a
period of fi een (15) days following
the an cipated submission date or
its actual receipt of the request
(whichever is later) only if they are
on one of the following bases: (a)
the cer fica on was not executed
by the Cer fying Officer of Ak-Chin
Indian Community; (b) the Ak-Chin
Indian Community has omi ed a
step or failed to make a decision of
finding required by HUD regula ons
under 24 CFR Part 58; (c) the grant
recipient has commi ed funds or
incurred cost not authorized by
24 CFR Part 58 before approval
of a release of funds by HUD
SWONAP; or (d) another Federal
agency ac ng pursuant to 40
CFR Part 1504 had submi ed a
wri en finding that the project is
unsa sfactory from the standpoint
of
environmental
quality.
Objec ons must be prepared and
submi ed in accordance with the
required procedures (24 CFR Part
58) and shall be addressed to
HUD SWONAP at HUD- Phoenix
Office, Phelps Dodge Tower, One
North Central Avenue, Suite 600,
Phoenix, Arizona 85004. Poten al
objectors should contact HUD
SWONAP to verify the actual last
date of the objec on period.
PUBLIC COMMENTS
Any individual, group or agency
may submit wri en comments
to the Ak-Chin Planning and
Development Department at the
following address on or before
June 18, 2016: Ak-Chin Indian
Community Council, 42507 West
Peters and Nall Road, Maricopa,
Arizona 85138 and 520-5681000. A en on: Robert Miguel,
Chairman. All comments received
by June 18, 2016 will be considered
by the Ak-Chin Indian Community
Council prior to authorizing
submission of a request for release
of funds. Comments should specify
the No ce they are addressing.
Robert Miguel, Chairman
Asset Giveaway: Two days of Free Stuff for
Community Members
Story and Photos by: J. Peters
Members
shuffling
through
the piles of
clothes and
other items
to possibly
take home.
Attention Community Members!!
The Events team has been getting a lot of questions
regarding Copper Sky Vouchers.
Please Note: any Community Member may come to the
Community Events office (located at the Tribal Headquarters42507 W. Peters & Nall Rd.) anytime Monday-Friday,
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. until June 30th, 2016; to receive a FREE 1-yr
membership to the Copper Sky Multi-generational Facility.
Spouses and children of members are eligible;
family form must be filled out & signed by the
requesting Community Member.
We ask that you call ahead of time to make sure
someone is in the office to help you.
Brittany Allcott – (520) 568-1067
Henry Garcia – (520) 568-1068
Tribal Headquarters Main – (520) 568-1000
Thank you,
Brittany and Henry
On May 21st the Ak-Chin Indian
Community had a small giveaway
for Community members. The
giveaway stared at 7:30 am at the
Old Akco shed and lasted until
12 p.m. that afternoon. Members
were welcomed by the Events staff,
Carole Lopez from Enrollment
and other workers once they
arrived to collect items. Items that
were available at the giveaway
included; clothes, children’s items,
bookshelves, vacuums, tv’s, and
promotional items. Members were
not limited to the number of items
being taken with the exception
of the bookshelves, which were
limited to one per person.
Following the May 21st giveaway,
the Community held another
giveaway on May 24th, 2016. This
giveaway was held at the Old PD/
Language Buildings. The event
started at 5:30 p.m. and lasted to
7:30 p.m. Members could wrangle
up as many items as they wanted,
although there were a few items that
had to be limited. Items available
to the community included; office
desks, office accessories, office
chairs, and storage items.
Elena Cypriano taking a look at some shirts during the giveaway.
June 3 - 16, 2016
6a
Maricopa Chamber Mixer held at
Him-Dak EcoMuseum
Photo by J. Peters
The Him-Dak Eco Museum hosted a “Mixer”
for the Maricopa Chamber of Commerce on May
24, 2016 here at the Museum.
What is a mixer? Mixers are networking
and social venues for businesses/organiza ons/
individuals, and the Maricopa Mixer can be
hosted at any business, en ty or organiza on,
whether or not they are a Chamber member.
The event started off with Chairman Robert
Miguel who welcomed and thanked the guests
for coming to the special event, alongside Vice
Chairman Delia Carlyle and Council Member Ann
Antone.
Museum Director Elaine F. Peters then
provided a brief history of the Museum followed
by Him-Dak Staff Waylon Antone, Wendy Wagner
and Jeremy Johns who provided informa on on
Him-Dak Programs.
The Ak-Chin Baban Keina Group then sang
and danced for the guests on the roof top of the
museum (Observatory Area). The Him-Dak Staff
mingled and provided a tour of the Museum,
Mission School House and the Art Staff provided
a tour of the Art Building throughout the evening
for the visitors.
Vekol Market catered the food for the event,
some of the food served were Brusche a,
Chicken Salad Sandwiches, Puff pastries w/goat
cheese, just to name a few.
Chris Cahill gives compliments to Antonio “Gohk” Davis on
his singing after the dance group performance.
Raffle prizes were donated
by Harrah’s (2 pk for 2 Buffet
Meals) UltraStar (Family Pack of
4), Southern Dunes (Golf for 4),
and from the Community (Ra lers
Tickets).
We would like to thank all
Ak-Chin Enterprises, Businesses/
Organiza ons and guests who
a ended and par cipated in the
event and to Ultrastar Marke ng
Director, Jennifer Birk for helping
to organize the event. We hope to
see everyone again soon!
The Him-Dak Staff
Ak-Chin Regional Airport
completes electrical upgrades
(Maricopa, Ariz. – May 23, 2016)
The Ak-Chin Regional Airport,
owned and operated Ak-Chin Indian
Community, is pleased to announce
the completion of electrical
upgrades, which
include
placing
runway
edge
lights,
utilizing
the airport beacon
and
installing
an
automated
weather observing
system (AWOS).
The runway edge lights run the
entire length of the 4750 foot runway
allowing the airport to be open 24
hours a day. The airport beacon, a
tower mounted light that alternately
blinks green and white, is now
illuminated at night as a wayfinding
aid for aircraft. The AWOS is a
system of weather instruments that
transmit the weather data to aircraft
using an aircraft radio and can also
be disseminated for remote access
by the flying community and other
weather data users such as the
National Weather Service.
“These important upgrades came
out of an airport master plan process
that was recently completed and
approved by the
Federal Aviation
Administration,”
said Tim Costello,
Ak-Chin Regional
Airport manager.
“We are pleased
as these new
additions
will
help us compete
for aviation business and takes the
airport to the next level in terms of
offering what aircraft owners need
and expect in a small airport.”
The Ak-Chin Regional Airport
generates the majority of its traffic
from aviation training and visiting
aircraft. The airfield is home to 12
general aviation, fixed-wing aircraft
made by U.S. manufacturers like
Cessna, Piper, Beechcraft, Mooney
and others.
Memorial Day continued from front page
1934. He enlisted into the U.S.
Army at age 18 and served during
the Korean War Era. Private Kakar
was wounded on June 10, 1953,
while neutralizing an enemy held
cave. He received the Silver Star
Medal for combat valor and the
Purple Heart for wounds received
in action against the enemy and
for meritorious performance of
duty. Abraham’s injuries sustained
during wartime, proved to be the
biggest battle of his life, and he
succumbed in September 26, 1965.
Abraham, son to the late Mike
Singh Kakar, joined the military
under the guidance of his mother
Ignacia Kakar. He came from a
family who served their country,
following in the footsteps of older
brothers Carlos and Joe Kakar;
who also served in the U.S. Army
during the Korean War Era; and
Mike Kakar who served with the
Civil Air Patrol. He led the way for
younger brothers Johnny and Ray
Kakar, who also served. His legacy
lives on through his sons, Abraham,
Jr. and Carlos K. Gamez.
In addition to Abraham, three
more heroes were honored during
the Memorial Day Ceremonies,
including; John A. Kinser – U.S.
Marines, killed in action, July 14,
1944, World War II Era; Salvador
J. Mendez – U.S. Army, killed in
action, August 19, 1968, Vietnam
War Era; and Eric M. Wilson – U.S.
Marines, September 25, 2007, Iraq/
Afghanistan Era.
May we always remember to honor
our dead and pay special tribute on
Memorial Day; to the brave and
fallen few who raised their hand to
support and defend our nation and
keep our country free!
I am personally humbled and
honored to include this article
on behalf of my Uncle Abraham,
my father Joe, and his brothers. I
would also like to take a moment
to recognize my grandfather and
uncles on my mother’s side, as
well as my husband Cecil, step-son
Darren, sister
Delsey, sisterin-law Elaine,
as well as the
many
other
family, friends,
and community
m e m b e r s
who stepped
forward
to
take the oath
and serve our
country.
Update continued from page 2
Milwaukee
Bucks/Detroit
Pistons/Indian
Pacers/
Atlanta Hawks) who also
participated in the golf
tournament.
Nike Corporation, one of the
world’s largest suppliers of
athletic shoes and apparel,
was a sponsor of the golf
tournament and gave out
the new N7 golf shoes to
everyone who participated in
the tournament.
The Council put in for
an Indian Health Service
(IHS) Planning Cooperative
Agreement Grant through the
Office of Self-Governance
Indian Health Service. The
Community entered into a
contract with a seasoned
Consulting group who is well
versed in Self-Governance.
The Community has been
working diligently on this
proposal which is due June
3rd. If awarded, the project
would start on July 1, 2016.
The project will encompass a
planning initiative of health
services for the Community
under
Self-Governance.
This planning will help
the Community get a good
idea of health care status
and
possible
solutions
for inquiries concerning
healthcare.
Concerning the Bureau of
Indian Affairs (BIA), the
Community Council and SelfGovernance will meet at the
end of this month in regards
to the FAST Act, which
pertains to transportation
and transportation shares
discussions. The Fixing
America’s
Surface
Transportation Act (FAST)
helps
provide
longterm funding for surface
transportation, where state
and local governments can
move forward with critical
transportation projects, like
new highways and transit
lines, with the confidence
that they will have a Federal
partner over the long term.
Council is also actively
working on a strategy
concerning the Operations
and Maintenance (O&M)
for the Justice Complex.
When the Justice Complex
was completed and ready
for operation, The Bureau
of Indian Affairs would not
support the O&M request
from the Community because
BIA stated Ak-Chin never
had an O&M agreement prior,
and therefore not eligible.
The
Community
feels
otherwise and is continuing
to seek the funding they feel
is warranted.
Councilwoman Ann Antone
and I were guest speakers
during the Pinal County
Peace Officers Memorial
Service in Florence, Arizona
this month. During the service
all officers who were killed
in the line of duty in Pinal
County were recognized,
which included Ak-Chin’s
Milton “Paul” Antone and
Ronald
Eugene
Kelly.
Members of the Antone
family and representatives
from the Ak-Chin Police
and Fire Departments were
in attendance and a few
participated in the service.
One of the more exciting
additions to the UltraStar
Multi-tainment facility is
the addition of an ice skating
rink, which UltraStar hopes
to unveil in the very near
future. The Community was
fortunate enough to receive
an ice skating rink and
equipment from New Mexico
and is very excited to see the
potential of ice skating in the
Community.
The
Ak-Chin
Indian
Community
Council
recognizes the need to keep
its membership informed and
will continue to communicate
through Community updates
and meetings. If there is any
matter that the membership
feels needs to have more
attention,
I
welcome
membership to my office, as
I have always had an opendoor policy.
Thank you for your continued
support of your elected
officials.
Sincerely,
Robert Miguel,
Chairman
Ak-Chin Indian Community
7a
June 3 - 16, 2016
Gathering continued from page 3
to draw or act. The biggest
laugh was when the Delores
team was up. Reggie acted
out an animal and his
family knew it was a lion,
funny because no one in the
audience recognized the lion.
Another fun moment was
Connie Miguel having to
draw out Prince songs. With
a time limit, her family was
able to get them all.
It was clear by the
entertaining topics that the
Ak-Chin Youth Council spent
a great deal of preparation
time to plan the evening and
serve the chicken dinner
meal. When there was a tie
for third place, they even
had a game to break the tie.
The Miguel family and team
of Sally Antone, Carole
Lopez, Justine Lopez, Lisa
and Zachary Garcia, were
each given photos of Youth
Council activities. They had
to place the photos in the
correct timeline of Youth
Council beginning with
their inaugural year in 2005.
Sally’s team got the most
photos right.
Announced as Family
Night Winners and receiving
outdoor equipment for their
efforts were the Delores
family. Placing second was
Melanie Antone’s team and
Sally Antone’s team placing
third.
LEFT: Family
night winners
from left to
right: Joel
Villegas, Jr.
Mayleigh,
Madalina,
Reginald,
Victor and
Ryleigh
Delores.
RIGHT: Johnny
Perkins “acts it
out” trying to
give his family a
hint of a sport.
Royalty event with foster children held at Ten Pins Down
Three Precious Miracles Executive Director, Elisia Manuel (seated center)
with visiting royalty participating in the Royalty with Miracles bowling event
at UltraStar’s Ten Pins Down. TOP LEFT: Diaper donations collected during the
bowling event. BOTTOM RIGHT: The Manuel children welcoming guests to the
Royalty with Miracles event dressed in traditional dress.
In recognition of May being
National Foster Care Month,
non-profit organization Three
Precious Miracles (TPM)
hosted a “Royalty with
Miracles” bowling event
at Ten Pins Down inside
UltraStar on Sunday May
22nd. Over 30 tribal royalty
bowled with over a hundred
Native American children
currently in foster care.
The event also included
a diaper drive and TPM
received a total donation
of fifteen boxes. Smiles
and laughter permeated the
bowling lanes as the children
bowled with royalty. One
parent was grateful for the
event and shared that as a
non-native parent she was
able to embrace “the beauty
of Native American culture.”
“I really wanted to have an
event where children can
be around culture but also
have fun at the same time”
said event organizer Elisia
Manuel, who also serves as
Sureno
Executive Director of Three
Pacheco,
Precious Miracles. “All
Melanie
Antone
children love princesses,
and Vonnie princes and superheroes and
Santa Cruz
what better way to do that
try to move then to allow children to bowl
a cookie
with amazing role models
from their
from native communities,”
forehead to
she added.
their mouths
Elisia and her husband
Tecumsah created the nonprofit when she saw a need
for resources in the local
native community for foster
parents. Many are given
children who arrive with only
the clothes on their backs.
Foster parents themselves to
six children, the Manuel’s
assist other foster families
with care packages and
resources. They have also
included a component of
cultural awareness, hosting
various activities for children
to learn about their culture.
hands free.
Miss Indian Arizona First
Attendant Lexi James served
as co-host at the event with
Miss Ak-Chin attendants
Ashley Vincent and Reyna
Miguel
participating,
including Junior Miss AkChin First Attendant Heaven
Smith.
Two bowling sessions were
held, one at 10am the other
at 1pm. Fifteen lanes and
plenty of pizza and soda were
available at the free event
which was made possible
through the sponsorship
of Cook Native American
Ministries Foundation.
Three Precious Miracles
have an office in downtown
Sacaton next to the Post
Office.
For more information, please
visit their website at www.
threepreciousmiracles.com
or visit their Facebook page
at
www.facebook.com/
ThreePreciousMiracles. They
can also be reached via email
at [email protected]
gmail.com and at (805)9473040.
Wanting to know just a little
more about TPM, we asked
additional questions…
What
inspired
Three
Precious Miracles?
I’m inspired by my children
and that’s were TPM’s name
comes from. T-Tecumseh
P-Precious, M-Micah. They
are truly my blessings and
I thank God for them every
day.
What purpose does TPM
fill in the foster care
community?
TPM provides emergency
basic resources like care
packages of clothing, shoes,
diapers and hygiene to foster
parents and the children. We
also provide cultural events
like “Royalty with Miracles”
to touch the lives of children
living off reservations.
How many families have
you served?
TPM has served 160 families
from 9 different tribes living
throughout the valley.
How did you begin your
foster parent role?
I started volunteering at Gila
River Indian Community
Residential Programs Youth
and fell in love with two little
boys living there. After a few
months of visits my husband
and I became foster parents.
How many children have
you welcomed into your
home?
We have 6 beautiful children.
How great is the need for
Native American foster
families?
The need is tremendous. The
state of Arizona has 19,000
children in foster care the
Native American population
takes up about 9% reported
within the state of Arizona
however these numbers don’t
reflect cases that are only
handled within tribal courts.
What is the biggest
misconception about being
foster parents?
That people only do it for the
money. That has never been
the case from anyone I have
ever met being involved in
foster care. We do it because
we love children and feel like
this is our calling to take care
of God’s children. I know
for me and my husband we
prayed for children for years
and were blessed in 2013
with our son at 7 days old.
How can readers help
Three Precious Miracles?
Three Precious Miracles
needs support: volunteers,
financial,
cultural
and
mentor-ship support. The
organization plans to create
a parent/grandparent support
group and a mentor-ship
program, pairing a Native
youth with a mentor from
the same cultural group. In
order to keep the doors open,
to operate a facility to store
donations and resources,
to continue partnerships
and provide services to
Native youth in foster care
and to grandparents raising
grandchildren
–
Three
Precious Miracles needs the
support of the foster care
community and everyday
people.
Meeting continued from page 3
Judy
informed
the
membership that she will
continue to provide updates
at the monthly community
meetings.
community may not be
experiencing high drug
activity he feels that even
a single incident is one too
many for our community.
Police Chief, Manuel Garcia
was introduced to provide
a department update at
the conclusion of Judy’s
presentation. Chief Garcia
provided information on the
overall police department,
as well as informing the
members about the security
and detention offices and
how the department has
grown over the years to
provide service and security
24/7.
He
commended
the
community
for
their
continued
involvement
and assistance throughout
the years and encouraged
members to step up and
contact the police department
if they see any activity or
behavior that is questionable.
Chief Garcia also talked
about
training
and
programs his department
has either initiated or is
currently working with, like
emergency response, suicide
intervention,
skateboard
safety and partnering with
the language program over
the summer.
One of the big things that
Chief Garcia felt was a
problem in our community
was drugs. Although the
Before
ending
his
presentation, Chief Garcia
received comments and
concerns in regard to police
stops, speed limit posting,
reporting
drug
activity
and block watch. He also
provided a survey for the
members to fill out.
Housing Department was
the last presentation of the
evening as Housing Director,
Marlene Garcia stepped
forward to introduce staff
members; Grace Pablo,
Bernett
Lopez,
Sergio
Romero and Abel Parsons.
Maintenance
workers,
Bernett, Sergio and Abel
updated the membership on
the types of maintenance work
they perform for Housing.
They also highlighted the
shower tile project they are
currently working on that is
saving thousands of dollars
for the community.
Housing maintenance is
primarily responsible for
maintaining all HUD homes;
they will however assist
with
community
home
maintenance on weekends,
if a community maintenance
worker is not available.
Grace
Pablo
provided
information on the new home
policies that were recently
approved, to include the
minimum age requirements
and education requirements
in order to sign up for a new
home.
The new age requirement
states that the member must
be age 21 years old or older, as
well as have either a GED or
high school diploma in order
to sign up for a new home.
Grace
also
informed
the
community about the zero
drug tolerance policy and
requirement
for
board
approval to have tenants in
the home.
Marlene finished up by
providing an update on
current
and
completed
housing projects, as well
as grants and RFPs that are
currently in process. She also
introduced Housing Board
members; Adella Zabawaacting Board Chair, Teresa
Valisto, MaryAnn Soliz and
Faith Gonzales.
Marlene
also
reminded
members to contact Housing
for needed home maintenance,
so that it can be documented
and a work order can be
created and sent to the proper
maintenance crew to perform
the needed repairs.
Council updates focused
on; financial projects, Peace
Officers Memorial, Special
Olympics Torch Run, events
at Harrah’s, Southern Dunes
and UltraStar, Community
member graduations, Royalty
and Pageant responsibilities.
8a
June 3 - 16, 2016
InfusionSoft continues from page 4
every cereal imaginable, the idea behind
implementing a cereal bar was to give staff
some brain food as they code the day away.
The Ak-Chin kids then got to go into the
trenches of javascript coding and meet with
a few of the technicians at InfusionSoft. The
techs gave the kids a first-hand look of app
development and began stating key code
terms they utilize such as XML, C++ and
java.
Thanks to the Ak-Chin Library’s Game
Hacker club, these key code terms were not
uncommon as the key terms were something
the kids work with each game hacker session.
“See guys, we work with the same code style
as they do” reaffirmed Jeff.
The field trip was an eye opening experience
as the InfusionSoft techs encouraged the kids
to keep coding away because the more they
learn to code, the more they’ll understand
the ins and outs of how much work goes
into a single computer or phone app.
The Ak-Chin kids have created their own ipad
games and have been looking at developing
more website design as well as creating their
own apps.
During one of the tours of the 2 InfusionSoft buildings,
Ralston Justin looks amazed as he stands next to an
Ironman art piece made up entirely of post-it notes.
InfusionSoft’s upper management as a way to
clear the mental pallet and allow for
new and fresh ideas to sprout. Needless
Zylen Antone helps himself to some cereal at the InfusionSoft Cereal
Bar. The cereal bar had every cereal brand imaginable ranging from
healthy options to the sugary kind.
to say, the Ak-Chin code kids couldn’t
wait to test out the tetherball pole.
One of the many highlights was the
The Ak-Chin Library’s Game Hacker club
will continue to expand the minds of the
future generation of Ak-Chin’s coders. They
meet every Thursday from 3 to 5pm at the
Ak-Chin Library.
reveal that all coders at InfusionSoft are
allowed free and unlimited access to
the company’s cereal bar. Stocked with
AK-CHIN INDIAN COMMUNITY
Purchasing
AK-CHIN INDIAN COMMUNITY
Purchasing
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (RFP)
Ak-Chin Indian Community
Design-Build Services for
Elders North Parking Lot
The
Ak-Chin
Indian
Community
(“Community”) is seeking a General
Contractor to provide Design-Build
Services to develop a .8 acre parking lot,
north of the Elders Facility.
PROJECT DESCRIPTION
Work to include:
Earthwork, utilities, curbs, paving,
landscaping and lighting. Detailed Scope
of Work can be picked up at the Ak-Chin
Purchasing Office, Purchasing Manager,
Flora Howerton ([email protected]
us) at 42507 West Peters and Nall Road,
Maricopa AZ, 85138, starting on Friday,
June 3, 2016.
 A site bid walk will be scheduled for
June 10, 2016, at 9:00 AM.
 The deadline for submitting RFI’s
will be on June 13, 2016.
 The deadline for submitting your
proposal is June 20, 2016 at 2:00 PM.
Danel
Peters:
WNBA
bound
AK-CHIN INDIAN COMMUNITY
Purchasing
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS
INSTALLATION OF A DRYWELL
IN A RETENTION BASIN ALONG
WITH EROSION REPAIR. REPLACE
CRACKED CONCRETE AND
BROKEN CURBING AT THE FIRE
STATION
AK-CHIN INDIAN COMMUNITY
Purchasing
NOTICE AND REQUEST FOR
PROPOSALS
DRIVEWAY REPAIR, EROSION
REPAIR TO RETENTION BASIN AND
INSTALLATION OF CONCRETE
CURBING AT THE JUSTICE CENTER
The Ak-Chin Indian Community
(“Community”), Maricopa, Arizona is
seeking Proposals for installation of a
drywell in the retention basin, erosion
control and the removal and replacement of
a driveway and curbing of the facility.
The Ak-Chin Indian Community
(“Community”) Maricopa, Arizona is
seeking Proposals for the repair to a
driveway and retention basin damaged
due to rain water erosion. The addition of
concrete curbing attached to the existing
east and west basketball court areas to
channel rain water to the existing drains.
Proposals are due on or before 10:00AM
MST on June 21, 2016.
Proposals are due on or before 10:00AM,
MST on June 21, 2016.
The time for substantial completion will be
(45) Calendar Days after the issuance of the
Notice to Proceed.
The time for substantial completion will be
(45) Calendar Days after the issuance of the
“Notice to Proceed”.
A pre-bid meeting will be held at 10:00am
MST on June 7, 2016. Location will be AkChin Fire Station No. 561, 45401 W. Farrell
Road, on the Ak-Chin Indian Community,
Maricopa, AZ. A site visit will follow
immediately after the meetings conclusion.
A pre-bid meeting will be held at 2:00 pm
MST on June 7, 2016. Location will be
the Multi-Purpose Justice Center, 45525,
W. Farrell Road, on the Ak-Chin Indian
Community, Maricopa, AZ. A site visit
will follow immediately after the meetings
conclusion.
Bid Packages will be available for pickup
after 9:00AM, MST, June 6, 2016.
Request for Proposal (“RFP”) instruction
and information package and related
information may be obtained from the
Ak-Chin Indian Community Purchasing
Department, 42507 West Peters & Nall
Road, Maricopa, Arizona 85138, and
may be requested via fax: (520) 568-1040
Attention: Flora Howerton, Purchasing
Manager or electronic mail using
[email protected]
Bid Packages will be available for pickup
after 9:00AM, MST, June 6, 2016.
Request for Proposal (“RFP”) instruction
and information package and related
information may be obtained from the
Ak-Chin Indian Community Purchasing
Department, 42507 West Peters & Nall
Road, Maricopa, Arizona 85138, and
may be requested via fax: (520) 568-1040
Attention: Flora Howerton, Purchasing
Manager or electronic mail using
[email protected]
for you” he began. “Don’t
let your fears prevent you
from doing the impossible.
Story and photo by: J.Ysaguirre You taught me that.” he
finished. Wong got a bit
Days before the cap and gowns filled
choked up during his
the gym, Sequoia Pathway held a speech. Rightfully so, he was with
ceremony to honor their seniors Danel as head coach when they won
during the first-annual Senior Night. the championship in 2015 and has
served as a mentor to her throughout
Danel Peters attended the ceremony her time as a student-athlete at
with her Mom Lerline and Dad Sequoia Pathway.
David Sr.
Danel received scholarships from
Sequoia faculty was on hand multiple universities and in the
as
each
gave
out
awards coming days would sign a letter of
highlighting
outstanding admission to join Chandler-Gilbert
students and their achievements Community College’s women’s
throughout
the
school
year. basketball team this November.
Head coach and athletic director Nate
Wong took to the podium and spoke Though her time as a student-athlete
a few words before honoring Danel at Sequoia has come to an end,
with the award for “Most Likely to her time of working hard towards
make it to the WNBA.”
becoming a WNBA professional
basketball player has just begun.
Danel Peters after receiving her Sequoia Pathway Senior
“There’s not 1 dream that is too big
award during Senior Night on May 24.
AK-CHIN INDIAN COMMUNITY
REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL ON
CONSTRUCTION OF 9 HOMES
The Ak-Chin Indian Community (hereafter
called the “Owner”) invites all General
Contractors to submit proposals on a
General Construction Contract. This
project is to construct 9 new homes, 8 in a
newly developed sub division, and 1 on a
scattered lot in the Ak-Chin Community.
A MANDATORY Pre-Bid Conference
is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. (MST) on
June 15th, 2016 at Ak-Chin Capital
Projects Department Conference Room
located 45710 W. Farrell Road, Maricopa,
AZ 85139. This meeting is considered
mandatory, and in this meeting home sites
will be discussed, infrastructure for each
lot will also be discussed. If you do not
attend this pre-bid meeting your proposal
will NOT be accepted.
Deadline for any questions regarding
this project will be 2:00 p.m. (MST)
on July 6th, 2016. Proposal questions
should be directed to Flora Howerton
at [email protected] also
Cc: Project Manager, Casey Turgeon,
[email protected]
The Owner will receive Sealed Proposals
until 2:00 p.m. (MST) on July 13th, 2016
at the Tribal Purchasing Department
located at 42507 West Peters & Nall Road
Maricopa, Arizona 85138. Proposals
received after the specified date and time
will be rejected and returned unopened.
This invitation is unrestricted; however,
preference will be given to Indian
Organizations and Indian Owned
Enterprises in accordance to the
Community Procurement Procedure.
Request for Proposals (“RFP”) instruction/
information package and related
information may be obtained from the
Ak-Chin Indian Community Purchasing
Office, 42507 West Peters & Nall
Road, Maricopa, Arizona 85138, and
may be requested by electronic mail at
[email protected]
A certified check or bank draft payable
to the Ak-Chin Indian Community,
irrevocable letter of credit, U.S.
Government Bonds, or a satisfactory
Bid Bond executed by the bidder and
acceptable sureties in the amount of
(10%) of the bid shall be submitted with
each bid. The successful bidder will be
required to furnish and pay for satisfactory
performance and payment security bonds
in accordance to the Instruction to Bidders.
The Owner reserves the right to reject, any
and all bids. However, the Ak-Chin Indian
Community at its discretion may postpone
said action for such time as the Tribal
Council may designate, as the interest of
the Community may require.
No bid shall be withdrawn for a period of
sixty (60) days subsequent to the opening
of Bids without consent of the Owner.
9a
June 3 - 16, 2016
Men and Women weekend basketball Tournament at the Rec
Story and photos by: J. Peters
On May 21-22, 2016, the AkChin Parks and Recreation
department had an energetic
weekend
of
basketball
tournaments for women and
men 35+.
Having a total of 8 women’s
teams and 8 men’s teams the
tournaments lasted all day
both Saturday and Sunday.
1st Place- Ball It Up
2nd Place- Young Gunz
Each team played with
ambition
and
intensity.
Playing against each other
with
a
lightheartedness
attitude topped with a
competitive nature, all teams
clashed it out for the win at
the end of the day.
During the battle for first and
second place in the Women’s
tournament, Ball It Up team
and Young Gunz gave an
unforgettable performance.
Both teams were in it for the
long run and were not easily
discouraged, as the women
ended up tying with each
other multiple times towards
the end of the tournament.
The crowed became frantic
as time was running out. In
the end Ball It Up came out
the victors for the women’s
tournament.
As the women’s games were
won and done the men were
up next to compete for first
place honors.
Just like the women’s
championship game, both
teams were at an incline with
each other as the game went
on with both teams putting
in an all-out effort for the
chance to win it all.
With just minutes left in the
game Mi Hermanos was up
ahead in points and ultimately
ended up taking the trophy
and championship title from
C.G.E.C.
Overall winners for the
women’s tourney had Ball
It Up first, Young Gunz
second and Renegades third.
As for the men’s tourney,
Mi Hermanos came in first,
C.G.E.C. placed second, and
Rec Ballers placed third.
Ak-Chin high fives the Phoenix
Mercury
Photo and story by J. Ysaguirre
Below: Brenda Segay and the rest of the AkChin Parks and Rec Mercury fan club high fives
returned Mercury Diana Taurasi.
The Ak-Chin Indian Community made a grand appearance
on the Phoenix Mercury jumbotron. Runner employee JOHNNY
PHOTOBOMBS THE ‘TRON YO! YAY!
As their continued partnership with the
Phoenix Mercury enters another year,
the Ak-Chin Parks and Rec Department
was invited to participate in the pregame Mercury high-five before their
game against the Minnesota Lynx.
Held on May 25, the Ak-Chin Indian
Community had its high-five moment
broadcasted on the Mercury’s jumbotron.
In previous years, the Ak-Chin Parks and
Rec kids have played 8-on-8 basketball
during halftime, participated in photo
sessions with the Mercury in addition
to the Ak-Chin Phoenix Mercury Day
which involved a live practice at the
Ak-Chin gym and dinner at the Service
Center.
Sadly, the Mercury were defeated by
the Lynx that game thanks to the stellar
play of MVP all-star Maya Moore.
1st Place- Mi Hermanos
At press time, the Ak-Chin Parks and
Rec department would like to say that
in order for the Mercury to win their
4 th WNBA title this year, Ak-Chin’s
presence is needed at every Mercury
event held this season.
For more info on how to help the
Mercury win it all this season, call the
Ak-Chin Parks and Rec department at
520-568-1740.
2nd Place- C.G.E.C.
June 3 - 16, 2016
10a
Ak-Chin presents the
14th Annual NABI
Tournament
On June 26, the ballers will be
coming to Ak-Chin for the 14th
Annual Native American Basketball
Invitational tournament.
Taking a trip down memory lane,
the NABI tournament has been
an annual highlight in Arizona to
showcase talented Native American
hoopsters from all over the globe.
In July 2003 the NABI games
debuted with the Phoenix Suns
sponsoring the games and Nike
becoming a major sponsor of the
tournament. In its inaugural year,
the NABI games also helped create
scholarship opportunities for five
NABI athletes.
2004 was Ak-Chin’s first year as
tribal sponsor of the games. In that
same year, Fort McDowell, Yavapai
and Salt River Pima-Maricopa
joined Ak-Chin as tribal sponsors.
The tribal support and sponsorship
of the NABI games helped establish
the tournament as the largest all
Native American sports tournament
in the U.S. and Canada.
The NABI Foundation has
continually expanded its range
when it comes to showcasing
the talent of Native Americans.
Canadian teams as well as teams
from New Zealand have consistently
entered the NABI tournament and
have gone toe-to-toe with some of
the other world-renowned NABI
teams from other tribes.
In 2010, NABI hosted the “Chasing
the Sun 10k and Pow Wow” which
was sponsored by the Ak-Chin
Indian Community at Jobing.
com arena in Glendale. The event
was created to celebrate Native
American culture and history with
the objective of establishing a
bridge to each tribal nation.
The event featured singers, dances,
guest speakers, jewelry vendors, in
addition to food stands and more.
The inaugural “Chasing the Sun
10k and Pow Wow” was in 2009 at
the University of Phoenix Stadium
and was the first ever pow wow to
be hosted in an NFL stadium.
By 2014, over 120+ teams
entered to compete in the
NABI
tournament
games.
With an increase of more than 100
teams from the original 24 teams
that competed in its first year, the
NABI foundation has included
ample scholarship opportunities,
a slam dunk contest with Kenny
Dobbs and countless NBA and
WNBA ambassadors such as Amare
Stoudemire and Diana Taurasi.
Fast forward to this year’s
tournament, the NABI tournament
and foundation is stronger than
ever. Over 1,200 athletes will make
their way to the Ak-Chin Indian
Community to compete in this
year’s games. On June 26, the NABI
athletes will be treated to a firstclass experience at UltraStar and the
Ak-Chin Elements Center for team
check in, a career fair and various
mandatory
coaches
meetings.
2016 Ak-Chin Runner
Summer Youth Workers
Story by: J.Ysaguirre
of the National Coalition of Native
American
College
Placement
Services, Laurel Deegan-Fricke
will be on Tuesday at 9am and 1pm.
On June 29, “Believe and
Achieve Financial Success” with
Kelsey Haake from the Native
Financial Foundation will also
be featured at 9am and 1pm.
Lastly but most certainly not least,
Phoenix Suns Legend and NBA
Ironman, AC Green will be in AkChin for Thursday’s “Talents and
Purpose” seminar.
Throughout June 27 to July 1, AkChin will be hosting the NABI
tournament at NABI-approved gyms.
Darrin Manuel
Favorite hobby: Playing
Kendama.
Favorite movie: A Clockwork
Orange.
Do you have a nickname: Yes,
Sonny.
Favorite Ice Cream: Vanilla.
On June 29, the Phoenix Mercury
will host “NABI Night” at Talking
Stick Resort Arena. Teams will
take part in a team parade on center
court during halftime. The semifinal games for the male and female
bracket will take place on July 1 at
Maricopa High School.
Favorite Band: White Woods.
Then on July 2 also at Talking Stick
Resort Arena, the best of the best in
the men and women’s bracket will
duke it out in the championship
games. Ak-Chin royalty will
perform the opening prayer and
the Ak-Chin Language Department
will sing the National Anthem.
What I hope to learn out of
this: I hope to learn more than the
basics of a professional camera
and a lot more about how to work
a camera in general.
Later that night, a team meet-andgreet party at UltraStar with guest
DJ Galileo will cap off the first day
of NABI happenings.
At press time, the brackets for the
teams have not yet been released.
However, Ak-Chin will be entering
1 male and 1 female team in
this year’s NABI tournament.
The following day, three seminars
will be featured at the Harrah’s AkChin Hotel & Casino Ballroom.
“Using
Sports
for
Higher
Education” with Founder and CEO
As the rosters get finalized and
the Ak-Chin coaches get their
game plans ready for action, the
anticipation for this year’s NABI
games has reached a fever pitch.
Why I chose to work at the
Runner this summer: I chose
to work here because I always
wanted to go out and see and do
things that I don’t get to do on a
daily basis.
Tyra Williams
Favorite movie: Finding Nemo.
D.C or Marvel: Marvel.
Least favorite food: Pancakes.
Favorite food: Enchiladas.
Favorite drink: Fruit punch.
Why I chose to work at the
Runner this summer: I thought
it would be interesting to do.
What I hope to learn out of
this: I hope to learn how to work
with cameras more.
Photos and interview completed
entirely by: Tyra Williams and
Darrin Manuel.
Ak-Chin Summer
School Students enjoy
lunch
Photos and story by: D. Manuel and T. Williams
Ak-Chin Runner Spotlight:
The Summer Lifeguards
Photos and interviews by: D. Manuel and T. Williams
The Ak-Chin Summer School
students take a break from class
to enjoy their lunch.
On May 31, the Ak-Chin
Education Department served
lunch to the high school students
for the summer school program.
The students also introduced
themselves to the tutors that will be
helping them with school credits.
Name: Micayla Parks
Name: Julia Lopez-Ocano
Age: 27
School: Maricopa High School
Department: AKC Parks & Rec
What do you like to do in your
free time?
Hang out with family and kids.
Name: Isaac Carlyle
Age: 15
Age: 18
School: Maricopa High School
School: Maricopa High School
Department: AKC Parks and
Rec
Department: AKC Parks & Rec
What do you like to do in your
free time? Play basketball.
What do you like to do in
your free time? Rodeo and ride
horses.
Favorite Movie: Disney movies.
Favorite Movie: Blindside.
Favorite movie: Grease.
Favorite Sport: Volleyball.
Favorite Sport: Basketball.
Favorite sport: Rodeo.
Cavs or Golden State:
Golden State.
Cavs or Golden State: Cavs.
Cavs or Golden State:
Golden State.
Name: Adam Sanders
Have you met sponge bob yet?
No.
Age: 17
School: Maricopa High School
What do you hope to get out if
this besides the money?
Learning something new.
Department: AKC Parks and Rec
If a new soap touches the floor,
is the soap dirty because of
the floor, or is the floor clean
because of the soap?
The soap is dirty.
Was there something or
someone that influenced you to
work here?
Wanting to do something instead
of being bored.
Name: Richard Lopez
Age: 29
School: None
Department: AKC Parks & Rec
If a new soap touches the floor,
is the soap dirty because of
the floor, or is the floor clean
because of the soap?
The floor would be clean.
Have you met SpongeBob yet?
No.
What do you hope to get out if
this besides the money?
The experience.
Was there something or
someone that influenced you to
work here?
Self motivation.
Name: Arrow Bowman
Age: 17
School: Vista Grande High School
Department: AKC Parks and Rec
If a new soap touches the floor,
is the soap dirty because of the
floor, or is the floor clean because
of the soap? The soap is dirty.
Have you met SpongeBob yet?
No.
What do you hope to get out if
this besides the money?
Job experience.
Was there something or someone
that influenced you to work here?
My brother.
11a
June 3 - 16, 2016
National Candy Month Word Search
Word Key
Almond Joy
Kit Kat
Skittles
Mr. Goodbar
Reese’s
Jolly Ranchers
Milkyway
Abba Zaba
Whatchamacallit
Big Hunk
Oh Henry
Heath
Crunch
Payday
100 Grand
Milky Way
Mars
Starburst
Hershey’s
Snickers
Hershey’s Almond
Butterfingers
Marvel Movie Word Search Answers
Ak-Chin Education Department
2016 Summer Academic Enrichment Camp
Phone # (520) 568-1283
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Transportation for Middle & Elementary students will be provided by MUSD.
No school on Friday’s
Education Department will purchase and serve a light breakfast for Middle
School students.
Ready for Life will provide lunch for High School and Middle School students.
Elementary students at the Saddleback site will receive a free breakfast and lunch
provided by the Arizona Department of Education.
National Candy Month Fun Facts
 20 million pounds of candy corn
are sold annually in the US.
 The Snickers candy bar, which was
introduced in 1929 by Frank and
Ethel Mars, was named after the
family horse.
 Daniel Peter and Henri Nestle
created milk chocolate in 1875.
 A one-ounce piece of milk
chocolate and a cup of
decaffeinated coffee contain the
same amount of caffeine.
Ak-Chin Summer School Bus Routes
12a
June 3 - 16, 2016
12-MONTH STATE BENEFIT LIMIT (STBL)
What is the 12-month State
Benefit Limit (STBL)?
House Bill 2681 was passed in
07/2015. This new legislation
requires FAA to limit the number
of months of Cash Assistance (CA)
a family may receive in Arizona.
The State Benefit Limit (STBL)
requires that adults can only receive
CA in Arizona for themselves or
a dependent child for a total of 12
months in a lifetime. The months
do not need to be consecutive.
IMPORTANT
Months that count toward the
STBL include payments received
on or after 12/01/02.
When will this change take effect?
This change affects CA payments
issued beginning with the benefit
month of 07/2016. When a
participant has received 10 or more
months of CA in Arizona, by the
benefit month of 04/2016, AZTECS
will generate a letter, informing
them of the total countable months
already received. The letter states
that their final CA payment will
be received in the benefit month of
06/2016, unless they show that it is
a hardship for their CA to stop.
What
happens
participant has
months of CA?
when
the
received 12
Effective 07/01/2016,
will be terminated
participant requests
extension and the
approved by FAA.
CA benefits
unless the
a hardship
request is
What months do NOT count in
the 12-month STBL?
Monthly CA benefits:
 That were received before
10/01/02
 When the payment amount was
for less than a full month
 Which the participant was totally
ineligible to receive because of
an overpayment
 Received as a Grant Diversion
payment
 Received while living on an
Indian Reservation with more
than 50% unemployment
 Received as Tribal CA
 Received ONLY for a child who
was in the custody of the State
(for example: Foster Care)
 Received as Refugee CA
 Received from a state other than
Arizona
How Does the participant know
which months are counted
toward the 12 Month STBL?
 FAA staff must discuss the
countable months with the
participant at each renewal of the
case.
 DES will list the months counted
toward the 12 month STBL in the
letter sent when a participant has
received at least 10 months of CA
benefits.
 The participant can go to a DES
eligibility office and request a
printout of the Arizona Tracking
Display (AZTD) screen as a
written record of the months
that are counted in the 12 month
STBL. (AZTD is the AS Limit
Display screen accessed through
WERE).
What if the participant still needs
CA after they have received
cash benefits for 12 months in
Arizona?
The participant may ask for an
extension of CA if losing cash
benefits will cause a hardship. When
the hardship extension is approved,
they will receive additional CA
benefits.
What is a hardship?
 Mail in their request
 Fax in their request to (602)-2577031 or (844)-680-9840 toll free
 Over the phone or in person at the
DES Family Assistance office
A hardship is a situation that
prevents the participant from
engaging in employment activities
or otherwise supporting their family
without CA benefits.
NOTE: it may be necessary for the
participant to provide verification
to support their hardship claim
When can the participant apply
for a hardship extension?
What kinds of hardship reasons
can the participant claim?
The participant may apply for a
hardship extension after they have
received 10 months of CA or any
time after their CA was stopped
because of the 12- month STBL.
 Being Homeless
 Having a Disability
 Needed as a full time caretaker of
a disabled person
 Being 60 or older and caring for
a child
 Being a victim of Domestic
violence or a crime
 Being unable to find or afford
childcare
 Having no readily available
transportation in their area to go
to work
 Being unable to finish their
current education or training in
the next 6 months without cash
benefits
 Any other reason that is
preventing them from engaging
How can the participant apply
for a hardship extension?
The participant can apply for a
STBL hardship extension in the
following ways:
 Verbally.
 Complete a request for a
hardship extension on the letter
they received. A list of hardship
reasons will be included in
CA letters beginning 12/2015
and continuing for the next 12
months or more. Instructions for
completing the request and how
Ak-Chin/Maricopa
12 STEP RECOVERY MEETINGS
MONDAY:
Alcoholics Anonymous
Noon
Mt View Community
Church
50881 W. Papago Rd
Narcotics Anonymous
7:00PM
Maricopa Community
Church
44977 W Hathaway Ave
Maricopa AZ
TUESDAY:
Alcoholics Anonymous
6:30PM
Mt View Community
Church
50881 W. Papago Rd
WEDNESDAY:
Alcoholics Anonymous
6:30PM
Mt View Community
Church
50881 W. Papago Rd
THURSDAY:
Narcotics Anonymous
7:00PM
Ak Chin Social Services
48227 W Farrell Rd
Spanish Speaking AA
7:00PM
Mt View Community
Church
50881 W. Papago Rd
Alcoholics Anonymous
7:00PM
Community of Hope
Church
18700 N Porter Rd
FRIDAY:
Alcoholics Anonymous
12:00PM
Mt View Community
Church
50881 W. Papago Rd
Alcoholics Anonymous
7:00PM
Mt View Community
Church
50881 W. Papago Rd
SUNDAY:
Narcotics Anonymous
7:00PM
Maricopa Community
Church
44977 W Hathaway Ave
Maricopa AZ
Al-Anon
FRIDAY:
Al-Anon
7:00PM
Our Lady of Grace
45295 W Honeycutt Ave
Celebrate Recovery
TUESDAY:
6:30PM
Maricopa Community
Church
44977 W Hathaway Ave
Maricopa AZ
Meal & Childcare
Ak-Chin Indian Community
St. Francis of Assisi
Roman Catholic Mission
16657 N. Church St. Maricopa, AZ 85139
June 2016 Schedule
Sunday Mass at 12 noon
June 5 w/ Fr. Michael Tinker
June 12 w/Fr. Brad LePage
June 19 w/Fr. Ed Meulemans
June 26 w/Fr. Brad LePage
ANNOUNCEMENTS
June 11, 10AM
Feast Day - St. Anthony of Padua – Sacaton
Fr. Michael Tinker
June 25, 10AM
CCOE Meeting
St. Anthony of Padua – Sacaton
June 25, 10AM
Feast Day - St. John the Baptist – Laveen
Fr. Michael Tinker
June 26, 10AM
Feast Day - St. Peter the Apostle – Bapchule
Fr. Michael Tinker
Baptisms are every 4th Sunday of the month and
baptism classes are every 2nd Saturday of the month.
If you are interested please contact Flower Ruelas at
(520) 568-3700 or (602) 717-3761.
to submit will be included in the
letters.
 Fill out a State Benefits Limit
(STBL) Extension Request Form:
FAA-1440AS for Spanish.
 Write the request on any piece of
paper.
They may provide the request in
any of the following ways:
Available
AA Information: 520-4269318
www.maricopaaa.org
NA Information: 520-4260121
http://arizona-na.org/
meetings/southcentral.php
Maricopa Celebrate
Recovery: 951-588-3835
Arizona Celebrate
Recovery Meetings:
http://
arizonacelebraterecovery.
org/meeting%20locations.
htm
CRISIS INFO
In case of emergency dial:
911
Crisis Line:
1-866-495-6735
in employment activities or
otherwise supporting their family
NOTE:
While
the
participant may be able to claim any
of the above STBL hardships, the
eligibility for a STBL hardship is
determined on a case by case basis,
based on the verification provided.
Please contact Ak-Chin Health
and Human Services if you have
any questions. They can be
reached at (520)568-1093
Now Hiring at
UltraStar Multitainment Center
• Experienced Line
Cook
• Experienced Server
• Experienced
Nightclub
/Sports Bar Server
• Experienced
Bartender
• Banquet Bartender
• Banquet Server
• Dishwasher
Interested candidates may
apply at UltrastarAkChin.com
or pick up an application at
Ultrastar’s box office.
June 3 - 16, 2016
13a
June 3 - 16, 2016
14a
Danel Peters continues from front page
signing where he introduced
himself to her family and close
friends in attendance.
During her time as a studentathlete at Sequoia, Danel
Peters traveled to Australia
two times for the “Down &
Under
Sport
Tournament”,
bringing home MVP honors
during her second visit there.
She also earned MVP honors
during
the
Puma’s
2015
championship run. “I’m excited to
get her onto the court and watch
her do her thing” said head coach
Rosario.
Moments after becoming an
official Coyote of ChandlerGilbert Community College,
Danel Peters (seated) with family (from l to r): Aunt Marlene
Danel Peters summed up her
Garcia, Uncle Norbert Peters, Sr., Brother Steve Peters, Dad David
experience by stating, “This feels
Sr., Grandma Evelina Lopez, Brother Juan Lopez, Mom Lerline
cool.”
and Cousin Brandon Peters.
said CGCC head coach Brian
Rosario. Newly hired to the
program, Rosario spent four
seasons at the University of
Cumberlands
(previously
Cumberland College) where he
developed the program to an 85-38
record, including two Mid-South
Conference
Championships.
Rosario was on hand for Danel’s
The Chandler-Gilbert Community
College Women’s basketball team
will begin their season later this
year in early November.
Yoga in the Park: The 2nd Annual
Stroke Awareness Event
Story and photos by: J.Ysaguirre
2016 San Juan Church Feast
Saturday, June 25, 2016
47463 W. Farrell Road
Maricopa, Arizona 85139
Tentative Schedule
4:00 pm
Rosary/Traditional Baptism
Procession following Rosary Ed Miguel & Matachina Dancers
5:00 pm
Dinner
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Jewel Adams
7:00 pm to 12:00 am
Gertie and T.O. Boys
9:00 pm
Give Away Dance San Juan Dancers
Food and Arts & Craft vendors welcomed
For information contact Robert Miguel at 520-568-1024
The 2nd Annual Stroke Awareness 5k Winners were handed medals for placing in the top 3 in their
division. From l to r: 1st place - Cecily Peters (Not pictured), 2nd place - Patricia Perillo and 3rd
place - Yolanda Rodriguez. Men’s Division: 1st place - Samuel Justin, 2nd place - Justin Perillo
and 3rd place - Steven Ruelas.
The entire month of May is
official stroke awareness month, a
campaign that has been nationally
recognized by the National Health
Council, the American Heart
Association and the American
Stroke Association.
On a toasty May 30th Saturday
morning, the Ak-Chin Fire
Department hosted the annual
Stroke Awareness event at
Hohokam Park. The event, which
is in its second year of existence,
is a collaboration between the
Ak-Chin Fire department and
the Ak-Chin Health Education
department as a way to help
educate the community on how to
not only prevent a stroke, but also
how to locate what causes them.
Though a severe medical
condition, strokes can be spotted
by using the acronym, “F.A.S.T.”
F is for face drooping. When
someone is experiencing a stroke,
their face will droop downward.
A is for arm weakness. Not to be
considered arm tingling, fatigue
and weakness of an arm is one
of the more common occurrences
during a stroke.
S is for speech difficulty and
slurring. When an individual is
experiencing a stroke, their face
will droop and their speech will
become slurred.
T is for take action and time to
call 911. If you or your loved
ones were to experience a stroke,
taking action by calling 911 is
the acceptable course of action.
Fighting through the pain and
ignoring these symptoms can
aggravate these symptoms which
can lead to further damage to the
body including the brain.
To help raise awareness, the
Stroke Awareness event had
displays scattered throughout the
park in addition to fire department
staff on
blood
hand administering
pressure
levels.
A 5k run/walk event was held in
the early morning at the beginning
of the event, a welcome addition
to the schedule to help beat the
hot sun which would poke its
head out later on that day.
Another welcome addition was
a 1-hour yoga session with
Copper Sky yoga instructors.
This was held immediately after
the 5k. The idea behind this was
to help calm the participants
down from the 5k and to help cool
down and become centered. The
yoga helped as the crowd of yoga
participants grew to full capacity
during the event.
Every 40 seconds someone in the
U.S. has a stroke. Knowing how
to prevent and identify a stroke. Two Yoga instructors from Copper Sky gave a free one-hour Yoga session
for all attendees of the Stroke Awareness Event.
15a
June 3 - 16, 2016
Happy 3rd Birthday
Beautiful Lizzy
ricA
Come
THE TRE
Happy Birthday to my
Little Niece Kiandra Smith
From Uncle Joe
SHOW LINE - UP
HOMBRES G & ENANITOS VERDES
06/17/2016
THE AMAZING TOUR IS NOT ON FIRE
06/21/2016
MICHAEL CARBONARO
06/23/2016
KENNY ROGERS FINAL WORLD TOUR
06/26/2016
BRIT FLOYD
07/01/2016
FLIGHT OF THE CONCORDS
07/03/2016
KOOLest NIGHT EVER FT. RICK SPRINGFIELD
07/08/2016
HALSEY
07/12/2016
ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK TASTE OF CHAOS
07/14/2016
TODRICK HALL
07/17/2016
GOO GOO DOLLS W/COLLECTIVE SOUL
07/19/2016
STEVEN TYLER
07/20/2016
SHAWN MENDES
07/22/2016
PHILLIP PHILLIPS & MATT NATHANSON
07/23/2016
MEGHAN TRAINOR
07/24/2016
MODEST MOUSE
07/25/2016
NICKY JAM
07/30/2016
SUBLIME WITH ROME
07/31/2016
WEIRD AL YANKOVIC
08/03/2016
THE PIANO GUYS
08/05/2016
ALABAMA SHAKES
08/07/2016
MAKS AND VAL
08/09/2016
REBELUTION
08/11/2016
OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW & BRANDO
CARLILIE
08/16/2016
THE GO-GO’S FAREWELL TOUR
08/25/2016
MY2K TOUR: 98 DEGREES, O-TOWN, RYAN
CABRERA & DREAM
08/26/2016
RAY LAMONTAGNE
09/14/2016
FLUME
09/27/2016
OCTONAUTS AND THE DEEP SEA VOLCANO
ADVENTURE LIVE
10/02/2016
THE LUMINEERS
10/04/2016
TROYE SIVAN
10/21/2016
IL DIVO
11/15/2016
MASTERS OF ILLUSION
11/18/2016
Aka where you going? Nowhere.
Aka what happen? Nothing.
Ha-ha you have to be there
to get those.
We love you and hope you
don’t grow up too fast.
LOVE Dad Mom Birdie Cheeks
and Handsome Happy Birthday to
Handsome Machado
From Grandma Jose
Happy Birthday to
my daughter Jessica Q.
From Ma
Happy Birthday
Marco Thompson
May you have many more.
Love your Auntie Arlene
Happy Birthday Marvin Lewis
Love your sister Arlene
Ariah Thompson
6/10
Jason Clark- Early Childhood
Ashley VincentCultural Resources
6/2
Virginia Zepeda- Custodian
Happy 1st Birthday Grandbaby
On May 20th 2016 we
celebrated your Birthday. You
were lil baby Minnie Mouse. You
had cake and presents and had
lots of fun. My lil Baby you’re
cuter than all your cute stuffed
animals, you’re so Huggable,
you’re a sweetie!
Love you lots and forever,
Grandma Thompson
Happy Belated Birthday Brother
6/4
Sylvia Soliz- Law and Order
6/5
Mario Ignacio- Security
6/11
Pamela Velasquez- Education
Alex Bowman- EPD
6/12
Dwayne Yazzie- Diabetes
Jesus EspinozaCommunity Services
Jaime Diaz- IS
6/6
Max HeeresCapital Projects and GIS
Audra Saenz- Early Childhood
6/7
Terri Jay- IS
Marco ThompsonCultural Resources
Kashmir Miller- Communications
6/8
Hermalinda MavisCapital Projects and GIS
6/9
Brittany AllcottCommunity Center
6/14
Dale Ohnmeiss- EPD
6/15
Gabriel Terry- Law and Order
Celina Shepherd- Planning
6/16
Charles McCarty- TGA
Daniel Antone- Security
Current openings
in the Community
Planning Director
*
Maintenance Technician (2)
*
Lead Custodian
00137249
00137249
Happy Birthday to my
granddaughters
Amaya and Ariah and
my grandson Joseph
Love, Grandma
Happy Birthday to
Marcella Lewis
From L. J.
ATTENTION COMMUNITY MEMBERS:
If you would like to be included on the email list for the
concert ticket raffles for shows at Ak-Chin Pavilion or any
other ticket raffles, please stop by the Community Events
office to fill out a form. Ak-Chin Indian Community Members
only. Must bring Tribal I.D. for verification. Must be 18 years
or older to enter or win raffles
Please call 520-568-1068 with any questions.
Thank you, Brittany Allcott and Henry Garcia
(Community Events Team)
Happy Birthday Marvin
Welcome to the 55 club!
We welcome you with open
arms to the 55 Club!
Your cuz, Euphrasia Mike
Check with Human Resources
for the latest job announcements.
Please pick up applications at the
Human Resources Office or
e-mail your resume to
[email protected]
Complete your application in full and be sure
to sign your name. Submit applications
before the closing date as
late applications will not be accepted.
If you are claiming Indian Preference,
proof of tribal enrollment MUST be
submitted at the time of application.
SHOW LINE - UP
BRAD PAISLEY/TYLER FARR/MADDIE & TAE
06/02/2016
SLIPKNOT
06/18/2016
G-EAZY & LOGIC
07/02/2016
DARIUS RUCKER/DAN&SHAY/MICHAEL RAY
07/09/2016
RASCAL FLATTS/KELSEA BELLARINI
07/15/2016
DIXIE CHICKS
07/17/2016
ROB ZOMBIE & KORN
07/23/2016
WEEZER & PANIC AT THE DISCO
08/02/2016
BRANTLEY GILBERT
08/06/2016
JASON ALDEAN
08/12/2016
HEART/JOAN JETT/CHEAP TRICK
08/21/2016
SNOOP DOGG/WIZ KHALIFA
08/24/2016
5 SECONDS OF SUMMER
09/10/2016
COUNTING CROWS & ROB THOMAS
09/13/2016
DARYL HALL & JOHN OATES/SHARON JONES &
THE DAP KINGS
09/14/2016
DEF LEPPARD
09/20/2016
BLACK SABBATH
09/21/2016
LUKE BRYAN
09/22/2016
BLINK 182
09/24/2016
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE/COLE SWINDELL/THE
CADILLAC THREE/KANE BROWN
10/07/2016
16a
June 3 - 16, 2016
Neal McCoy opens Memorial Day weekend at Harrah’s The Lounge
Story and photo K. Morago
As the band walked onto the stage, you
heard a familiar voice providing an
entertaining introduction. Describing
the highlights of country music artist
Neal McCoy, it did not take long to
realize that yes; it was Neal McCoy
introducing himself.
That entertaining moment led into an
entertaining show that covered a wide
variety of music.
Opening with “The City Put The
Country Back In Me,” Neal worked
all sides of the stage. With the crowd
going onto the gaming floor, fans
welcomed the Texan with hearty
applause. Neal, wearing his straw
cowboy hat, plain western shirt and
Wrangler jeans, did not disappoint his
longtime fans. Fans seeing his show
for the very first time were equally
enthusiastic.
Neal also sang some cover tunes,
music he grew up to back in
Jacksonville.
Sharing snippets
of Michael Jackson, he also did a
Commodores classic. When he began
performing his number one hit, “the
Shake,” fans stood up to share their
moves.
He also took time to pay tribute to
one of his musical heroes, Charlie
Pride, singing “Kiss an Angel Good
Morning.” A storyteller at heart, Neal
shared before most songs, including
describing how his song, “No Doubt
About It,” was the first dance for good
friend Blake Shelton and Miranda
SHOWTIMES
Starting Week of Friday, June 3, 2016
Warcraft (PG-13) Special Engagement; Star Class
21+; Upcharge Applies; No Passes Allowed
Thu: 7:00 PM
Me Before You (PG-13) Special Engagement; Star
Class 21+; Upcharge Applies; No Passes Allowed
Fri - Thu: 10:15 AM, 1:15, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (R) Star Class
21+; Upcharge Applies
Fri - Thu: 11:30 AM, 2:30, 5:30, 8:30, 10:55
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the
Shadows (PG-13) Special Engagement; D-BOX
Upcharge Applies; No Passes Allowed
Fri - Thu: 11:00 AM, 2:00, 5:00, 8:00, 11:00
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the
Shadows (PG-13) Special Engagement; Star Class
21+; Upcharge Applies; No Passes Allowed
Fri - Thu: 10:00 AM, 11:00 AM, 1:00, 2:00, 4:00, 5:00, 7:00,
8:00, 10:00, 11:00
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the
Shadows 3D (PG-13) Special Engagement; Star
Class 21+; Upcharge Applies; 3D Upcharge Applies; No
Passes Allowed
Fri - Thu: 12:00, 3:00, 6:30, 9:30
Alice Through the Looking Glass (PG) Star Class
21+; Upcharge Applies
Fri - Thu: 10:45 AM, 1:45, 4:45, 7:45, 10:45
X-Men: Apocalypse (PG-13) Special Engagement;
Star Class 21+; Upcharge Applies; No Passes Allowed
Fri - Thu: 9:45 AM, 11:15 AM, 12:55, 3:30, 4:25, 7:30, 8:15,
10:35
The Angry Birds Movie (PG) Special Engagement;
Star Class 21+; Upcharge Applies; No Passes Allowed
Fri - Thu: 10:05 AM, 1:05, 4:05, 7:05, 10:05
Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising (R) Star Class 21+;
Upcharge Applies
Fri - Thu: 10:25 AM, 1:25, 4:25, 7:25, 10:05
The Nice Guys (R) Star Class 21+; Upcharge Applies
Fri - Wed: 9:15 PM
Captain America: Civil War (PG-13) Star Class 21+;
Upcharge Applies
Fri - Thu: 11:20 AM, 3:20, 7:20, 10:20
The Jungle Book (PG) Star Class 21+; Upcharge
Applies
Fri - Wed: 12:15, 3:15, 6:15
Thu: 12:15, 3:15
Lambert’s wedding.
Switching up country for hip hop,
he put on a baseball cap for a
quick version of Sugar Hill Gang’s
“Rapper’s Delight.” Once the cap was
gone, throwing it out to the audience
he moved to his latest music project,
“You Don’t Know Me,” music from
the American Songbook. Performing
“I Get a Kick Out of You,” and
“Unforgettable,” he performed the
classics with grace.
A fan of social media, Neal shared
photos of the concert crowd on his
Facebook page. The show opened the
Memorial Day weekend that included
a cooler giveaway on Monday, May
Country music artist and entertainer Neal McCoy performing
30th.
before a full house at The Lounge on Friday, May 27th.
1b
June 3 - 16, 2016
Class of 2016 continued from page 3
High School, Patricia, who is the
daughter of Celia Soto, celebrated
her
academic
achievement
surrounded by her family and loved
ones. The gilbert-located high
school was one of the many schools
to utilize the Mesa Arts Center for
their class of 2016 graduation.
“Don’t do what’s easy, do what’s
hard. Don’t be a whiner, be a
warrior” Stanfield Elementary
School
principal
Christopher
Lineberry said as he encouraged
the eighth grade graduates as they
moved on to high school. Jennifer
Zepeda watched proudly as her
son Stephan Quinonez received his
diploma on Thursday afternoon,
May 26th. Chairman Miguel was
on hand to congratulate his nephew.
Last but certainly not least, Danel
Peters graduated from Sequoia
Pathway High School on the eve
of May 26. Danel had received
numerous accolades during her
time as a student-athlete at Sequoia,
including a state championship in
2015. When it came time for her to
graduate and take the next step in
her life, she would do so as a soon-
to-be Coyote at Chandler-Gilbert
Community College later this fall.
Higher Education graduates were
also celebrated in the Community
as community members; Ricardo
DeLeon and Michelle Garcia,
joined with family and friends,
received their Associates degrees
from South Mountain Community
College, on May 6.
On that same day, a few states away,
proud Haskell graduate, Dawn
Fuentes received her Bachelor’s
degree from Haskell Indian Nations
University in Lawrence, Kansas.
A
unique
mother-daughter
graduation ceremony took place on
practically the same day, as Deanna
Rascon received her Bachelor’s
degree from the University of
Arizona on May 12, opting out of
the main ceremony on May 13, to be
with her mother Vice-Chairwoman
Delia Carlyle, who received her
Associates degree from Central
Arizona College on May 13.
In all, the
Community
Ak-Chin Indian
celebrated
yet
another record-breaking year for
graduations from kindergarten all
the way to the university levels.
Proof that in this day and age
of computers, technologies and
selfies, finishing school still reigns
supreme. Or as the famous quote
goes, “You’re off to great places,
today is your day. Your mountain is
waiting, so get on your way.”
Congratulations to all graduates in
the class of 2016.
June 3 - 16, 2016
2b
Ak-Chin Middle School graduates move on to high school
Kalvin Antone, son of Alvin Antone and
Rosalva Madrid-Dickerson holds up his
diploma. He graduated from the 8th grade
at Legacy Traditional School in May. Kalvin
plans to attend Mountain Pointe High
School. (photo by Alvin Antone)
Family and friends of Stephan
Quinonez after his 8th grade
graduation from Standfield
Middle School. He will be
attending Vista Grande High
School.
RIGHT: After receiving their
diplomas, students gave
thanks to those that helped
them achieve their graduation.
Stephan thanked his family.
Kiandry Miranda
accepting his 8th grade
diploma at Sequoia
Pathways Junior High.
RIGHT: Kiandry, with his
grandmother Wynema
Miguel, holds up the
sign made by family
during his graduation
from Sequoia.
Photos by Runner Staff
Kindergarten graduation at Saddleback Elementary
Hugs for
everyone in
Hope Vallejos
family as she
graduates from
Saddleback.
Annalise Manuel graduates from ALA
A smiling Kellen Hoffman with his
family after Saddleback’s kindergarten
ceremony.
Story and photo by C. Thepkaisone
Marcus Delores pauses for a
quick photo after graduating from
kindergarten.
Annalise Manuel, student at American
Leadership Academy, promoted
from the 8th grade on May 26, 2016.
The promotion was held at the ALA
Ironwood Gymnasium.
Her family was in attendance as she
was honored for her completion of
the eighth grade. Students recited
the Warrior Ethos for the last time as
an eighth grade class to carry with
them into their high school career
and challenge them to “Learn, Lead,
Change The World.”
Annalise Manuel accepts her diploma from
ALA Executive Director Bill Guttery.
Graduate Nyaila Miguel with her
parents Jose Miguel Sr. and Celina
Miguel.
Annalise is excited to move on to high
school and looks forward to all that she
will be learning.
Annalise Manuel dances in Spring Showcase
Saddleback
Elementary
kindergarten
graduate
Matthew Villareal
with his family.
Annalise Manuel dances with her
prince, starring in the role of Queen.
TOP RIGHT: Annalise performs with other
female dancers.
Story and photos by C. Thepkaisone
Community member Annalise Manuel
participated in the Dance Spring Showcase
held at American Leadership Academy during
the week of May 19th through May 21st.
Annalise is an eighth grade student who
worked hard on perfecting her dance skills
earning herself a starring role as the Queen,
Aurora’s mother in Briar Rose- also known
as Sleeping Beauty.
Annalise with flowers after her ballet
performance back in May. Giving
flowers to ballet dancers is a sign of
appreciation that dates back to the
early days of ballet.
Annalise dazzled the audience with her ballet
performance each night totaling three live
performances. The showcase included various
types of dance that students participated in.
Each dance number illustrated the story of
Briar Rose, the interpretations unfolded the
childhood story we have all seen or been told.
Annalise not only preformed her role but
several others displaying her talent in a wide
range of dance.
The Antone
family gathers
to celebrate
Elizabeth Antone’s
kindergarten
graduation from
Saddleback
Elementary.
June 3 - 16, 2016
3b
Ak-Chin Child Development
students graduate
UltraStar movie theater 2
was filled to near capacity
as the Ak-Chin Child
Development hosted their
annual
graduation
on
Thursday, May 26th.
Fifteen
students
from
Ms. Francine’s class and
fourteen students from Mrs.
Bianca’s class sat in front of
parents and grandparents to
receive their diplomas.
With Jeffrey Stoffer serving
as Master of Ceremonies,
the Opening Prayer was
given by Carson De Paola,
and the current Little Mr.
Ak-Chin Mark Pablo and
Little Miss Ak-Chin Brooke
Guarino led the reciting of
the Pledge of Allegiance.
“SkiddamirinkA-Doo” and
“Tootie-Tah.”
A slide show presentation of
the student’s year played on
the large screen.
The program was full of
music, dancing and singa-longs to songs such as
“Driving In My Car,” and
“You’re Wonderful.”
The graduates and their
families moved to the
Elements Event Center to
enjoy lunch.
Language Program staff
Julene Narcia and Lerline
Peters led the students for
several O’odham songs
and the Library staff
led the graduates with
Moving on to kindergarten,
the students are leaving AkChin Child Development
very prepared for their next
level of education. Good The first student to get her diploma, Isabella Antone showed her excitement of moving
on to kindergarten, as she fist-pumped her way across the stage.
luck graduates!
Students were given a choice this year to wear traditional
dress or a cap or gown. Raequel Semallie, dressed in
Navajo regalia, receives her diploma from Sandy Mays.
RIGHT: Carson DePaola leads the class in prayer as fellow
student Mara Delores looks on.
Officially Ak-Chin Child Development graduates, the class walks out of the theater with diplomas.
RIGHT: Rope
Justin with his
family enjoying
lunch in the
Elements Event
Center.
Leading Edge
Kindergarten
Graduates
Leading Edge Academy’s
recent kindergarten graduation
included two Ak-Chin
students, Marissa Arredondo
(at left) and Stella Miguel
(right).
Both girls seemed to be happy
about donning their graduation
caps and participating in their
promotion ceremonies.
Photo courtesy of:
Connie Miguel
Preschool students Leah Shill, Anaise Valles-Diaz and Logan Vavages
perform a song during the promotion exercise at UltraStar.
The big screen
outside UltraStar
congratulates
preschool
graduates.
June 3 - 16, 2016
4b
End of School Luau makes a splash at the Recreation pool
Photos by Stephanie Machado and story by J. Peters
Iliana A. Perryman aka Beans
was having fun in the sun.
Security guard Kyle Chavez
shows his Hawaiian hula moves.
The annual End of School Luau
was held on DATE at the gym.
Every year this event is hosted by
the Ak-Chin Police Department
at 11:30 am the Hawaii themed
party began for everyone to enjoy.
During this event both kids’ adults
enjoyed the day in the pool playing
water basketball, water volley ball,
and ring diving. The most popular
attraction was the water slide, kids
lined up to take a swirly slide down
the spiral tube. A dj played some
fun tunes to keep the party going,
while the Cupid Shuffle started
playing Officer Perry wanted to
challenge the crowed to a dance
off. Splashing around and making
waves everyone enjoyed the water.
While the pool activities were
going on, the department prepared
a meal of hot dog and hamburgers
for the celebration. Throughout the
luau the Police Department had
a small raffle for the kids. Prizes
included toys, floaters, gift cards,
and water rings. At the end of the
Luau the handed out candy bags
and allowed the kids to take home
some of the toys the PD provided
for the party.
Children and Officer Perry dance to the Cupid Shuffle.
Reunion at St. John’s
Photo by A. Antone and story by K. Morago
Lawrence Antone
accompanies
Leonard Enos
on guitar, during
St. Johns church
service.
The Crusaders returned to their high
school roots when former graduates
organized the St. John’s Indian
School Reunion on Saturday, May
28th in Komatke village, located in
District #6 on the Gila River Indian
Community.
The day-long event began with a
10:00 am Mass on the old SJIS
school grounds. The former
students were taken back to their
school days beginning with brunch
where “Cornbread” was served by
the Kateri Circle.
The reunion event, which is held
every three years, moved to the
Boys and Girls Club where Urban
Giff, Class of 1956 served as Master
of Ceremonies along with John
Dawson, Class of 1963. The event
recognized all former students of
the Catholic boarding school which
opened its doors in the late 1890’s.
table and memorability display
was featured including a matching
of “then” and “now” photos of
graduates.
After the presentation of colors by
graduates who went on to serve
in the military, students from the
St. Peter Indian Mission School
in Bapchule sang the National
Anthem. The St. Peter students
are actually grandchildren and
great-grandchildren of St. John’s
graduates.
Former student Carmen John
traveled the farthest, coming from
Michigan to attend. The reunion
was well attended by the “Class of
1966,” which received the honor
three times in a row.
Time was given for a moment of
silence, in memory of classmates
who have passed on. After opening
remarks and recognition of classes,
several dance groups performed
for reunion guests. A memorial
The evening ended with door
prizes, raffles and music by waila
band, “Valenzuela & Company.”
“Everyone enjoyed themselves,”
Eleanor William, Class of 1961
said. Ak-Chin elders attended the
St. John’s Indian School when it
was open.
Graduation Wishes
Big CONGRATU
Bi
CONGRATULATIONS
ULATIONS
LA
A
to
our Godson Marciano Joaquin,
Maricopa High School,
Class of 2016!
There was never any doubt in
our minds that you could do
it and this proves that you can
accomplish great things when
you set your mind to it. Whatever
plans you may have for the
future, we will always be here to
help you in any way we can. Best
wishes and blessings always.
Your Godparents,
Gabriel and Salinda
P.S. And to Mom Marla, you did
an awesome job! He’s growing
up but he has a good solid
foundation thanks to you and the
rest of the family.
CONGRATULATIONS!
I hope you understand how
much we appreciated not only
you but everyone else who
helped you succeed. Because
the kind of person you are is the
reason you had so many prayers,
thoughts, wishes, hopes, help and
encouragement to graduate. Very
proud to have you as my son and
to know others are watching over
you as well. Just know that I love
you, I’ll be here to support you,
and continue to encourage you to
do your best in life.
You will always be
“My Special Little Guy”!
Love, Mom, Tony, Abraham,
and baby sis Harlee
Marciano, Congratulations!
On our achievement
I am proud of you.
From your Cousin
Skarlette Rose & Lennia Lopez
2 My Kah’met, Congratulations!
Marciano, you have stepped up
the ladder and we are wishing you
nothing but the best, go out and
explore, gain new heights, the sky
is the limit. You have made me so
proud my Grandson not only me
but your family also.
Love, your Ga’Gah:a Annette J
Congratulations! Marciano,
you did a swell job.
Pat yourself on the back.
Proud of you, your cousin Gabbie
Congratulations to one
awesome young man.
May the Creator bless you and
protect you as you start your
journey into life.
We love you Marciano.
From your Oklahoma
Harjo family
C
l i
M i
!
Congratulations
Marciano!
Best of wishes. God Bless You!
Manny and Ida
Big CONGRATULATIONS to
Marciano Joaquin
We are so proud of you ano!!
Keep following your dreams and
always remember that we love you
so much!!
Auntie Lynn, cousin Violet,
& Swerl
Congrats baby cousin!
We are so proud of you and the
young man you have grown to be!
Sending love and hugs from
Washington!
Love Ky and Monz
Congratulations Marciano,
I’m so proud of you and ALL of
your accomplishments!! Your
journey is only beginning ….my
wish for you is that your dreams
stay BIG and your worries stay
small. Love you, and we will
always be here if you need us.
May your path always be blessed!
Love Auntie Stace
Awesome job of hanging in there!
So very proud of you. Now to
conquer the world! CC
Way to go guys! Go further in life
and live your dream, Marshano,
Celiyah, Heaven and Kalvin!
Love y’all, Colleen, Xzalius,
Zaydyn
Marciano,
so so very proud of you!!!!
Keep being you and accomplish
what you need to. Always give it
your ALL the world is yours.
Most of all know that WE LOVE
YOU and be Happy  K Stella
Proud and excited for your future
from Caroline Felicity Antone
Celiyah, Heaven and Kalvin
Congratulations - keep it up,
this only the beginning, enjoy
high school. REMEMBER
school work first.
Love you all  Stella
Congratulations to Celiyah,
Heaven and Kalvin
Wish you nothing but the best as
you enter the world of H.S. Enjoy
it but also strive to do your best!
May God continue to bless you
and your families.
Love Marla, Tony, Marciano,
Abraham, and Harlee
Heaven You made me proud and
succeed in life, love MOM
Congratulations to all 2016
Graduates from the Runner

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