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December 18 - 31, 2015 - Ak
Happy Holidays!
Volume XXIX, Issue 24
Maricopa, Arizona
December 18 - December 31, 2015
2015 Masik Tas
Celebrating 54 years of sovereignty and its most precious resource
December 20th is a historical day
for the Ak-Chin Indian Community,
for that is when Ak-Chin’s Articles
of Association were officially
adopted by the people and approved
by the Secretary of Interior,
formerly organizing Ak-Chin as
a sovereign tribal government.
Since that significant day, AkChin has strived to improve the
equality and betterment of its people
for a brighter tomorrow, and over
time has officially celebrated what
has become Ak-Chin’s birthday or
masik tas with a grand gesture of
events.
This year’s Masik Tas was
one for the ages as it celebrated
the significance of water with
its theme, “Sudagi Od Duakag...
Mod Si S-namkigam Haicu
Am Ed Vehiejed”, translated
to “Water is Life… and our
Most
Precious
Resource”.
It also brought in top notch
entertainers, as well as two
weekends jam-packed with events
to please the young and young at
heart.
The official beginning of the
2015 Masik Tas began with the
Elder Chair Volleyball tournament
on
Thursday
December
3.
Elder-athletes from many tribes
and districts competed inside the
Ak-Chin gym, vying for the number
one spot.
The Miss Ak-Chin pageant
was held on Saturday, December 5,
with the Jr. Miss Ak-Chin having
its inaugural debut. Both were
held for the first time in the AkChin Elements ballroom and had
6 participants total vying for their
respective crowns.
Anyssa Justin and Heaven
Smith competed for the first annual
Jr. Miss Ak-Chin.
Masik Tas continues to page 3
Story and photos
by: Runner Staff
At left, Esperanza Miranda becomes the new 2015-16 Miss Ak-Chin. While at right, Anyssa Justin
was crowned Ak-Chin’s first Jr. Miss Ak-Chin during the 2015 Jr. & Miss Ak-Chin pageant.
Waste Management Phoenix
Open Tee-Off Luncheon
Story and photo
by: R. Peters
The
Waste
Management
Phoenix
Open’s
Tee-Off
Luncheon was Wednesday,
December 9, at the JW Marriott
Scottsdale Camelback Inn
Resort and Spa and featured
PGA Tour fan favorite Rickie
Fowler as well as long-time
CBS commentator Jim Nantz.
The
Ak-Chin
Indian
Community was recognized
at the luncheon as the local
Presenting Sponsor of the Waste
Management Phoenix Open
(WMPO). Ak-Chin signed a
four year agreement as the first
local Presenting Sponsor in the
history of the Phoenix Open.
Dan
Mahoney,
2016
WMPO Tournament Chairman
praised Ak-Chin for its
commitment and support, “The
dedication and commitment
the Ak-Chins have shown to
not only our golf tournament,
but also to our community,
including their support of the
Superbowl and the National
Championship Football game
has been truly remarkable and
we are so grateful for their
support.”
Chairman Manuel says
Ak-Chin is ready to support
the WMPO, “The Ak-Chin
Indian Community has long
understood our role in giving
back to the community at large.
Through The Thunderbirds
and the success of the Waste
Management Phoenix Open, we
can continue that commitment
and provide financial support
to
several
worthwhile
organizations
throughout
Arizona.”
WMPO
and
The
Thunderbirds were also praised
for having the best stop on
the PGA Tour. Last year’s
Open raised over 9 million for
charity and set record-breaking
attendance numbers.
The
2016
Waste
Management Phoenix Open
will be held at TPC Scottsdale
from February 1-7, 2016.
An auction is currently
underway for a corporate
skybox on the famous 16th
hole at the TPC Scottsdale. All
proceeds will go to charity.
For more information on
the Thunderbirds or the 2016
Waste Management Phoenix
Open, call the Thunderbirds
office at (602) 870-0163 or visit
www.wmphoenixopen.com.
Attendees at the WMPO, from L to R: UltraStar General Manager Adam Saks,
Councilman Gabriel Lopez, Chairman Louis Manuel, Jr., PGA Tour Golfer
Rickie Fowler, Councilman Robert Miguel, Councilwoman Ann Antone,
CBS Sports Commentator Jim Nantz, Vice Chairwoman Delia Carlyle and
Southern Dunes General Manager Brady Wilson.
Dwight hits the streets of Ak-Chin
Story and photo by: R. Peters
Dwight Yoakam performed to a packed house at Ak-Chin Circle Stage, Thursday December 10.
Inside this Issue
What do you get when you offer a free
concert and a multi-platinum country
superstar? A packed audience!
That was exactly the tone AkChin Indian Community wanted to
set for the 2015 Masik Tas weekend,
and Dwight Yoakam brought it
all to the Ak-Chin Circle stage on
Thursday, December 10.
The moment Yoakam hit the
stage with his signature vocals
and tight fitting jeans, the crowd
was fired up and ready for some
two-steppin’ and hillbilly music.
Song after song, Dwight
crooned and strummed for over an
hour. When performing “Streets of
Bakersfield”, he sung, “He walked
the streets of Ak-Chin”.
“A Thousand Miles from
Nowhere”, “Fast as You”, “Guitars,
Cadillacs”, and new music from his
latest album “Second Hand Heart”
could be heard for miles in the cool
desert air.
His honkytonk remakes of
“Little Sister”, “Ring of Fire”,
“Suspicious Minds” and “I Feel
Fine” were also crowd favorites.
Right after Dwight’s last
number was sung, Ak-Chin Fire
Department lit up the skies, on cue,
to officially signal the grand finale
of the main concert series for 2015
Masik Tas weekend.
20 lucky winners had the
opportunity to meet and greet with
Dwight between his opening act and
performance.
On Friday, the crowd gathered
once again for another free concert
as Tejano Superstar AJ Castillo hit
the stage with his famous accordion.
The crowds gathered up front
or on the dance floor to cumbia,
huapango, and shout out a grito. AJ
played for about 3 hours and once
completed he also did a meet and
greet after the show.
Both performers were given
gifts during their shows on behalf
of the Ak-Chin Indian Community
for coming out and kicking off the
Masik Tas Celebration.
Page 2a
Elder News
Page 4a
Library Fun
Page 9a
Masik Tas Sports
Page 3a
Community News
Page 6a
Sports
Page 1b-4b
Masik Tas Celebration
December 18 - 31, 2015
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2015 Elder Chair
Volleyball Tournament
Newspaper
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©2015
16600 N. Maricopa Highway
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Photos by: R. Lopez, Story by: Runner Staff
1st Place - Mustangs
Leading up to the Masik Tas The championship game was played
celebration, the Ak-Chin Elders held a between the Mustangs and Jujudum.
chair volleyball tournament inside the
Ak-Chin gym on December 3, 2015. Going back and forth while also having
tons of fun, both teams wanted to be
Over 15+ teams from all over the state crowned champs. However it was the
came to participate in tournament Gila River Mustangs who came out
play. Wearing their official team shirts, victorious, winning the elder chair
the elder athletes came from various volleyball tournament.
districts and brought their A-game.
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In loving memory of
Darlene A. Thomas
12-12-08
An Eternal Memory…
…Until We Meet Again
Those special memories of you
Will always bring a smile
If only I could have you back
For just a little while
Then we could sit and talk again
Just like we used to do
You always meant so very much
And always will do too
The fact that you’re no longer here
Will always cause me pain
But you’re forever in my heart
Until we meet again
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Fri Dec 25
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Mon Dec 28
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December 18 - 31, 2015
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Lisa Chavez blesses ASU
Photo by: A.Hall, Story by: J.Ysaguirre
Masik Tas continues from front page
Lisa Chavez performs the closing blessing to all of the American Indian SunDevil graduates.
Arizona State SunDevil and AkChin Community member Lisa
Chavez was selected to perform
the closing prayer at the American
Indian Convocation Graduation
ceremony on December 16.
The ceremony was held for
all American Indian SunDevil
graduates. Held at the historic
Gammage
auditorium,
Lisa
Chavez gave the blessing to
the recent graduates while
her family sat in attendance.
Lisa currently holds the title of
Miss Indian ASU 1st Attendant.
The commencement was live
streamed via ASU’s webcast and
was available to watch for free for
friends and family members of the
graduates who could not attend the
ceremony in person.
Lisa Chavez waits to be
introduced along with Miss
Indian ASU.
Holidays are about
experiences and
people, and tuning
into what you feel like
doing at that moment.
Enjoy not having to
look at a watch.
—Evelyn Glennie
The Jr. Miss competition was an
entertaining competition; however
Anyssa Justin won all talent
competitions and was duly crowned
the first ever Jr. Miss Ak-Chin, with
Heaven Smith being named 1st
Attendant.
Ashley
Vincent,
Esperanza
Miranda, Krislyn Pablo and
Mathilda Reyna Miguel all
completed for the title of Miss
Ak-Chin. After each contestant
showed off their respective
talents, Esperanza Miranda was
crowned 2015-16’s Miss Ak-Chin.
Esperanza Ashley Vincent was
named 1st Attendant and Mathilda
Reyna Miguel was selected as 2nd
Attendant. Following the dance
there was a coronation dance and a
dinner with food and drinks which
included red chili. Throughout
Masik Tas weekend, Ak-Chin
Royalty made their presence
known, by introductions, shaking
hands and receiving hugs from
everyone who congratulated them.
Toka and Songivu’l games were
held on Sunday, December 6, at the
newly established rodeo area site
just behind UltraStar and Harrah’s
west parking lots. The new rodeo
arena was a welcomed site, in
addition to the stage, and carnival;
locating all within easy walking
distance. The new rodeo arena
also hosted the Toka and Songivu’l
games. Over ten teams entered the
Toka tournament that lasted almost
from dawn to dusk, with feisty
O’odham women chasing one
another in attempts to pass the o’la
(wooden puck) through the goals
for points.
The 2015 menudo contest was a
hotly debated and much discussed
competition
that
was
held
following the Toka and Songivu’l
games, with the voting being
determined by members during the
community dinner. The Ak-Chin
Youth Council ensured that the
menudo competition didn’t have
any hanging chads which could tilt
the voting.
“Please remember, this is a menudo
contest, not a popularity contest.”
said Ak-Chin Youth Council
Coordinator Antonio Davis as
members of Youth Council passed
out slips of paper for voters to
write down their winning numbers
from the three menudo entrants.
After the community dinner, which
consisted of delicious shredded bbq
beef, cole slaw and beans, Rebecca
Ruiz was crowned champion of this
year’s Masik-Tas Menudo contest,
Octavio Machado won second
place honors and Norma Vincent
took home third place.
While the rodeo and carnival
riders were having their day in the
sun, cultural entertainment that
included; Polynesian, Ak-Chin
Ba’ban Keihina, White Mountain
Apache and San Juan performers
could be found entertaining the
crowd.
Masik-Tas has proven that the
cowboy way still exists in 2015.
Utilizing the new rodeo arena,
there was an All-Indian Jr. Rodeo
on Friday December 11, bull riding,
calf dressing and wild horse races
all day Saturday December 12, and
roping rounded out the arena events
on Sunday December 13.
Although there were a small handful
of local celebrities in attendance
at this year’s Masik Tas, one such
celebrity made his appearance
during the Masik Parade the
morning of Saturday December
12. Santa Claus riding his fire truck
sleigh made his way down Farrell
Road during the extremely cold and
windy morning. Though he did not
have Rudolph or any other reindeer
with him, he still managed to use
some of his Christmas magic,
keeping the rain and snow at bay
for the parade. Over 50 floats were
entered in the Masik Tas parade
which included floats from the AkChin Airport, Education, Elder,
EPD, Housing, Him Dak, Library,
and Planning departments
After it was all said and done, a
dance contest at the old Vaila site
helped end this year’s Masik Tas.
Dance partners kicked up their
heels as Pick Up Kings played for
the competition.
The Masik Tas celebration has
evolved and grown over the
years. Each Masik-Tas celebration
has gotten bigger and better
thanks to the countless hours of
service from all of the Ak-Chin
departments and Ak-Chin Council.
The 2015 Masik-Tas celebration
has gone down in history as one
of the best celebrations thus far,
raising the bar and excitement
for next year’s celebration.
Happy
Birthday,
Ak-Chin.
The Community Events team
would like to thank the following
departments/groups/individuals
for helping us with the 2015
Masik Tas Celebration! We
hope everyone had a great time!
Tribal Council, Core committee/
Sub-committee
,
Pageant
Committee, Language Department,
Sanitation/Public
Works/Labor
Crew, HR/Temps, Runner , Our
fabulous
volunteers,
Cultural
Resources , Health Education ,
Purchasing and Finance Police,
Fire Department, Youth Council,
Preschool , Farms, Archives,
BIA
House,
Maintenance,
Library, Vekol Market , Parks
and Rec , GIS , EPD , UltraStar,
Southern Dunes and Harrah’s.
And the residents of the Mesquite
sub-division for letting us stage the
parade along your streets
We also want to thank all the
parade participants, entertainers,
vendors, outside businesses and
demonstrators for coming out and
spending your weekend with us!
Also, a special shout out to
Marlene Velasco…you helped
us out so much and we were
happy to have you on our team!
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
We couldn’t have done it without
you, and hope you know how
grateful we are. This event is a
huge team effort and everyone
jumped in without hesitation.
Brittany and Henry
Community Events Team
December 18 - 31, 2015
4a
Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa visits
Ak-Chin Library’s Storytime
Story and Photos by: J. Ysaguirre
4a
Kids get Grinched at the Library
Christmas App time was held at the library on December 9th, 2015.
The library provided ipads for the children to use while enjoying this activity.
Kids and staff enjoyed taking selfies with the Dr. Seuss Camera App.
Photos provided by library
The preschool kids got ready for Santa by singing “The Good Morning Song”.
Santa Claus left the North Pole to read ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas to the kids.
Santa Claus made a special
secret cameo to the Ak-Chin
Library on December 10.
With just a few short weeks
until the big day, Santa asked
Mrs. Claus if he could attend
the library’s story time to
read one of his favorite books
of all time, “‘Twas the Night
before Christmas”.
In
an
unfortunate
and
unrelated incident, librarian
Jeff Stoffer experienced car
trouble so he could not attend
this special library story time.
Thankfully, library staff
Sandiin Mitchell and Yadi
Osuna were there and helped
the preschool kids sing “The
Good Morning Song” and
also learn about the letter of
the day, the letter J.
Santa waved goodbye to all
the preschool children and
said he was going to return
to the North Pole to check his
naughty and nice list.
Then in an instant, he jumped
back onto his sleigh and in a
blink of an eye he flew back
to the North Pole with the
promise of returning back to
Ak-Chin.
Kids enjoy hearing Santa’s storytelling.
December 18 - 31, 2015
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5a
Ak- Chin Education gets Parents Involved Leading Acts at
with Parent Night
Leading Edge
Christmas Program
Submitted by Ak-Chin Education Department, Photos by Richard Lopez
Submitted by Denise Freitas Photos, by Richard Lopez
Leading Edge Second and Third graders sing with glee
as they open up the second performance of the night.
Vivian Saunders and Yolanda Miranda open up parent night with prayer and a warm welcome.
Parent Night for grades K
through 12th was sponsored
by the Ak-Chin Education
Department on 12/9/15.
The education department
wanted to provide a nice
family style night dinner
where all family members
could enjoy a nice atmosphere
with one another.
Yolanda Miranda provided
the opening prayer for the
evenings events. A traditional
meal was provided with;
red chili, beans, potatoes
salad and tortillas. Food was
prepared by Vekol Market.
Vivian
Saunders
made
the opening remarks by
welcoming all the families
that were present. She
thanked the families for
their ongoing support for
their children’s educational
endeavors. She also thanked
the parent’s for sharing their
children with the Ak-Chin
Education Department.
Dee-Dee Leeper, Chief
Executive Officer and Sonya
Beck, Regional Program
Director for Educate ●
Empower
●
Succeed,
LLC. thanked the Ak-Chin
Indian Community families
for sharing their children
with them during the after
school
program.
There
have been great strides
with the students who are
participating in the program.
We are looking forward to
the positive growth in our
students academics.
Perfect Attendance was
discussed. On December 17,
2015 students with perfect
attendance for the afterschool program will be put
into a drawing for a Zee pad
(tablet device).
Matt Tess discussed the
importance
of
parent
involvement. Students need
parental involvement during
their
academic
careers.
Parents attending student
conferences,
checking
progress reports on Parent
Vue and communication
between parent and teachers
is very important.
If you need any assistance
or perhaps need to set up
a conference with your
students’ teacher please
contact the Main Education
Department to assist, 520568-1283.
Ak-Chin Education Advisors
Sheila Bandin and Faith
Gonzales; K-6th Grade
Advisors
520-568-6110
ext. 2443. Matt Tess 7-8th
Grade Advisor; 520-5687100 ext.3015. Teresa Valisto
9th-12th Grade High School
Counselor 520-568-8100 ext.
4097.
Yolanda Miranda discussed
the Calendar events for
2015-2016 school year.
Advisors along with the
Truant Officers have been
working with students out
of the district to offer their
services where needed.
A new venture included
changing the tutoring after
school program name to AkChin Academic Enrichment
Program.
A schedule for Maricopa
Unified School District
was provided along with
the Academic Enrichment
Program to keep parents/
students updated.
Xavier Rojas Jr. presented
the importance of attending
school. Xavier informed
parents/guardians that it’s
extremely important to have
open communication with
the school attendance clerk.
He’s also available by phone
520-568-1286 office or 520510-5192.
Teresa Valisto announced
11 students from Maricopa
High School are scheduled to
graduate May 2016. Please be
advised if your student would
like to attend the Senior
High School Graduation
Incentive Program please
make sure you have signed
a Release of Information
form. Please stay updated
for upcoming planning dates.
If you have any questions
about this incentive program
please call 520-568-1283.
Another, announcement High
School students if you have
missed over 10 days excused
or unexcused absences for the
1st semester you are required
to provide a written excuse
to the school. Maricopa
High School Attendance/
Clerk Appeal Request should
have come home with your
student.
Parents/Guardian
you have until January 22,
2016 to submit documents.
This year, our 2nd and 3rd
graders performed “Holiday
Road Trip”; for our annual
Christmas program!
This musical celebrates local
holiday traditions from coastto-coast. “Uncle Nick” takes
a busload of eager travelers
for the ride of a lifetime!
They experienced different
traditions as they traveled
to News Orleans, Florida,
Texas, New York City and
California, to discover Uncle
Nick was actually Santa
Claus!
Santa finally takes kids back
home to spend Christmas
with their families.
Kids worked very hard on
this musical and had a blast!
As a teacher, i was impressed
and amazed to see so much
passion and involvement…as
they left the stage they asked
me if we could do it all over
again…
Love my job!
Mr. Freitas
The kids really turned it up to 11 at the half way
point in the show.
We look forward to another
Awesome Year with your
students. Have a Merry
Christmas and Happy New
Year from The Ak-Chin
Education Department.
A Fantastic Fan Fest and Water Is Life
Youth Summit
Submitted by Matthew Tess , Ak-Chin Education Department MS Advisor/ Tutor
Cowgirl Stella Miguel (center) sings “Teddy Bear Tango”
with her class during the Glee under the Tree program.
The 2nd and 3rd graders watch in awe as their fellow
classmates perform some acrobatics on stage during
the Holiday Road Trip Program.
Ak-Chin kids who were selected to go were treated to a day at Phoenix Fan Fest Convention, compliments of the
Ak-Chin Education Department.
On Friday, December 4th,
2015, a select number of
Middle School students
were able to attend the
Phoenix FanFest for 2015.
This event is a mid-year
event where cosplayers can
show off their artistic abilities
without worrying about the
summer heat of Downtown
Phoenix.
The
students
saw some of their favorite
comic book heroes, anime
and television characters.
For lunch, the students
were treated to Native New
Yorker (thanks to Ak-Chin
Education Truancy) where
they enjoyed pizza and wings
while watching the sports
games on TV.
We returned to the FanFest
after lunch to finish up any
last minute fun and shopping.
Students tried their hands
at an inflatable bouncy
obstacle course and got to
check out the awesome cars
from Jurassic Park, Fast and
Furious, Supernatural and
my personal favorite the
Delorean from Back to the
Future (the Flux Capacitor
was out of Jigawatts).
The students had a great time
and are anticipating our next
trip. Back in November, a few
Middle/High School students
signed up to take a trip down
to San Xavier and participate
in the Water is Life Youth
Summit.
On Saturday, December
5th, 2015, we left Ak-Chin
Education at 6:30am to make
it down to San Xavier by
8:30am for the start of the
event.
The Water is Life Youth
Summit started off with a film
and led into presentations
from
native
engineers,
farmers and council members.
The film visualized the
changes in our dwindling
water resource and how it
will impact farmers in the
Southwest.
Native Water Engineers
discussed the varying levels
of uranium/arsenic in our soil
and how it can impact our food.
They reminded us to always
wash our fruits and vegetables
before consumption. The
Vice-Chairman
updated
us
about
the
current
fight for water rights.
Once presentations were
over, the San Xavier District
provided us with lunch and
prayer.
After Lunch, we split into
groups and participated in
different activities; activities
included
rain
gardens,
cooking, bracelet making,
t-shirts and a graffiti wall.
The
students
enjoyed
themselves and worked hard
(the male students did not
want to stop helping with the
rain garden).
At 4:30pm, we closed with
a prayer and began heading
home but not before visiting
the cross of San Xavier.
December 18 - 31, 2015
6a
VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONS
Story and photos by: J.Ysaguirre
6a
MHS Varsity Soccer fall to
Desert Ridge
Story and photo by: J.Ysaguirre
That has been the thesis for
this year’s girls’ varsity soccer
team for Maricopa High. At
press time, their record stands
at 1 win with 3 losses and 3 ties.
In every one of their ties,
the Rams were right there in
the trenches battling it out.
In their losses, the Rams
attempted numerous rallies,
trying to even up the score
against Salpointe Catholic
and Trevor Browne. Sadly,
fate was not on their side
as they were handed tough
losses to both squads.
In their game against Desert
Ridge on December 6, the
Rams came out fast but just
couldn’t break through.
Champions! Maricopa Wells Middle School Panthers show off their trophy.
Laila Gardner
(L) and Kalani
Williams (R) show
off the official 2015
championship
trophy.
After the Panthers
got their 25th and
final point, the gym
erupted into a frenzy.
Hugs, high fives and
chants of “Pan-thers!”
filled the gym walls as
Desert Wind somberly
walked off the court.
In sports, no matter the
grade or level, winning
a
championship
will
always
be
remembered
forever.
The Maricopa Wells Middle
School Panthers turned
their dreams into reality on
Friday December 11 against
Desert Wind Middle School
by winning their division’s
volleyball
championship.
Headlined
by
starters
Laila Gardner and Kalani
Williams,
the
Panthers
cruised to the easy victory in
the best of 3 series against the
overwhelmed Desert Wind
Tigers.
During
the
first
set,
the Panthers had the
crowd
on
their
side.
With chants of “Here we go
Panthers” filling the gym, it
was more than apparent that
the Panthers were out to get yet
another championship title.
As each point tacked on
to Maricopa Wells’ side,
the crowd grew louder
and louder, which at times
resulted in students spilling
out onto the gym floor.
Thankfully the referee kept
everyone in line.
This year’s Panthers team
played great this season
which was capped off
wonderfully with a school
championship
trophy.
Their success this year will
add yet another banner inside
the gym and although players
will eventually move up to
the high school sports level,
their championship season
this year will be remembered
by everyone who had Panther
pride this year.
The
cold
December
night
seemed
to
not
affect the Rams, they just
couldn’t turn the corner.
Junior speedster Amelia
Machado and her Lady Ram
Junior Amelia Machado concentrates on beating out
teammates had shots on goal
her Desert Ridge opponent during the 22nd minute.
but never managed to get the
ball past the goalie, ultimately
Being on Varsity has its perks. College
losing a tough one 0-2.
recruiters get a chance to see you play and
perhaps get a scholarship to play ball at the Thankfully the Lady Rams did bounce back
university level. You can get a lettermen from their loss to Desert Ridge and hung a 5-0
jacket and freshman and JV players look up victory against Vista Grande on December 14.
to you for guidance on how to become better.
However, for every perk varsity has, there’s
still the unfair fate that says being on varsity
doesn’t guarantee wins in the record books.
Although they do have a tough uphill climb
to make the playoffs this year, like many
teams for Maricopa High, these Rams will
not go out quietly as they will continue to
compete until the whistle blows.
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Lady Rams pull out thrilling victory
against Arcadia High
Story and photo by: J.Ysaguirre
The
defending
state
champion
Lady
Rams
have been playing with a
championship-sized bullseye
on their back this season.
With new head coach Melvin
Mitchell at the helm, the Lady
Rams appear to have picked
up where they left off from
last year, boasting a current
record at press time of 8 wins
and 3 losses.
This year’s squad returns
the majority of last year’s
championship
team,
including senior Danae
Ruiz who just a few weeks
ago signed a letter of intent
to attend Embry Riddle
University in Prescott after
graduation this coming May.
In their game against Arcadia
on December 8, the Lady
Rams took to their home court
in front of the Ram fanatics.
Unfortunately, the champs
committed costly turnovers
in the early first quarter,
resulting
in
Arcadia
taking the early lead.
This was a shock to the crowd
as Arcadia came into the
game with losing record
of 3 wins and 4 losses.
The second quarter
is when the Rams
turned up the heat
and rallied, limiting
Arcadia to only 7 points
thanks to staggering
defense and glasscleaning rebounding.
Permission slips can be picked up at the Rec.
Department. For more information contact
Bernardina Gonzalez at (520) 568-1756 or
Thomas Carlyle at (520) 568-1744
NEW YEAR’S 5K WALK / RUN
IN AK-CHIN
Junior phenom Tyra
Williams logged major
minutes in the paint,
swatting at everything
that came her way.
Arcadia
attempted
a
comeback
after
halftime, but fell short
once the Rams started
hitting their threepointers and making
their
free
throws.
Thankfully, the Rams
sealed the victory to
the tune of 62 to 51.
At press time, the Lady
Rams will play their
last
December-game
at home on December
18 against Mesa High.
Deadline December 23rd 2015
Limited to the first 25 kids
ages 9-17 years old.
WHEN: Saturday January 2nd, 2016
TIME: 9:00 AM
PLACE: Ak-Chin Indian Community
Start & Finish: Milton “Paul” Antone Park
Tyra Williams has been focusing her game on both ends of
the court, improving her dribbling and jumpshot.
They will then have the
next remaining weeks
off of play for the holiday
season, then return back to
defend their title on January
6 for an away game against
arch-nemesis Seton Catholic.
Registration Begins at 8:30am at
Milton “Paul” Antone Park.
T-Shirts To All Participants
Awards For Top Finishers (Male & Female)
For more information please contact
the Recreation Center @ 520-568-17400
or Brenda Segay @ 520-568-1753
December 18 - 31, 2015
7a
Pathway Pumas lose tough one
to Salt River Eagles
Story and Photos by: J.Ysaguirre
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2016 SAGUARO AMATEUR
TOURNAMENT FIELD and
SAGUARO TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP
ANNOUNCED
MARICOPA, Arizona—The field
for the 2016 Saguaro Amateur at
Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf
Club January 3-6 is confirmed.
Southern Cal, South Mountain CC,
Texas-Arlington, TCU, Texas Tech, UCIrvine, UNC-Wilmington, UNLV, Utah,
Vanderbilt, Virginia, Washington State,
Wichita State, Wittenberg, Wyoming,
The field is headlined by past Saguaro and Xavier, among others.
Amateur Champions Taylor Moore
(2014) of Edmond, Oklahoma, and The full field and more information can
Sean Walsh (2015) of Keller, Texas. be found at saguaroamateur.com.
Decorated amateur Moore is in his senior
NEW
SAGUARO
TEAM
season at the University of Arkansas as
CHAMPIONSHIP: New for this winter is
is Walsh at Gonzaga University. The
the Saguaro Team Championship, which
highest ranked player in the field is
will also be held at Ak-Chin Southern
Nick Hardy, of Northbrook, Illinois.
Dunes Golf Club on December 28-30.
Adaisha Williams-Pablo (L) gets focused on hitting both free throws in the early
moments of the first quarter. Senior Danel Peters (R) throws the outlet pass to set up
a corner 3-pointer.
This year, the Pathway Pumas
are looking to defend their title.
Since winning it all last year
on the floor of the Mercury
and Suns, the Pumas and Head
Coach Nate Wong have had an
offseason of graduations and
new additions to the squad.
In the midst of gearing up
for
another
dominating
season of Puma basketball,
opposing teams in their
division have taken notice.
In their game against the Salt
River Eagles on December
11, the Pumas were shown
that if they were going to
defend their title, every game
they play must be treated as a
must win.
Sadly, the Eagles must’ve
had the Pumas circled on
their calendar because at
tip-off, it was apparent that
Salt River brought their
A-game to Sequoia High.
Much to the surprise of
everyone in the gym, the
Pumas committed costly
turnovers
and
seemed
to be experiencing a
rare off-night at home.
Missing layups and free
throws, the Pumas tried
rallying but Salt River kept
them at arms-length, pulling
out the surprising victory
against the Pumas 65-45.
In a quick post-game
interview, head coach Nate
Wong stated, “My hat is off
to Salt River and their team,
they played really well.”
The rematch between these 2
stellar basketball teams is set
for January 26 at 5:30, this
time the game will be played
at Salt River High.
Ak-Chin Volleyballers
achieve at sports banquet
Photo and story by: R. Peters
Hardy, who is ranked 63rd by the World
Amateur Golf Rankings and 29th by
Scratch Players is a sophomore on the
University of Illinois golf team. John
Souza (Phoenix/Univ. of Colorado),
Alec Bone (Phoenix/Colorado State),
Blake Cannon (Mesa/Colorado State),
and Colton Yates (Scottsdale/Colorado
State), headline 18 others from Arizona
who will be competing in the Saguaro
Amateur.
Many of the players in the Saguaro
Amateur compete in college golf.
Although they are not officially
representing their institutions players
from the following schools are
competing:
Auburn, Arizona, Arizona Christian,
Arkansas, Baylor, California, Colorado,
Colorado School of Mines, Colorado
State, CSU-Fullerton, CSU-Northridge,
George Washington, Gonzaga, Illinois,
Memphis, Mesa CC, Minnesota,
Missouri, New Mexico, New Mexico
State, Northern Colorado, Northern
Illinois, Oklahoma State, Oregon State,
San Diego State, San Jose State, Siena,
The two-person stroke play fourball event will be one of the premier
amateur team events in the country
over the winter. Spots are still available
in this prestigious event. It is open
to men, women, and mixed teams.
Entry forms can be found at
saguaroamateur.com and the deadline
for entry is December 12, 2015.
ROY EDWARDS
MEN’S GOLF HEAD COACH
Department of Intercollegiate Athletics
University of Colorado Boulder
CHAIRMAN—SAGUARO
AMATEUR
Cell: 303-917-4538
[email protected]
Saguaroamateur.com
Brady Wilson
General Manager
Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club
Joe Jensen
Vice Chairman, Saguaro Amateur
Director of Golf, University of
Wyoming
AKC Kids Golf has a coyote
Photos by: R. Lopez
From L to R: Morgan Peters, Amelia Machado, Mariah Carlyle and Carol Ann
Enos were awarded student athlete awards from Maricopa High School for their
excellence in the classroom and court during the volleyball sports banquet.
With
MHS
Volleyball
season
coming
to
an
end in October,
MHS
Volleyball
Boosters and the
Lady Rams held
an awards banquet
on November 20,
at MHS multipurpose building to
recognize and honor
the teams for jobs
well done on and off
the court.
Ak-Chin members
who
participated
this
year
for
the Lady Rams
included; freshman
team player Mariah
Carlyle who was
recognized for her
silent but fierce
plays at the net.
Sophomore Carol
Ann
Enos
was
recognized
for
her tenacity and
continued efforts on
and off the court.
Juniors;
Amelia
Machado
and
Morgan Peters both
received certificates
and awards for their
dedication and play.
Amelia
was
presented
with
the Ram Award
for the JV team,
while Morgan was
awarded the Coaches
Award and shared
honors as Player
of the Year with
Elisabeth Gallon for
the Varsity team.
Morgan was also
recognized
for
playing varsity for
the past three years
and given a framed
jersey that was
also awarded to all
outgoing seniors she
had played with over
the past three years
as well.
Emily Peters practices her form as she participates in one of the many mini-games
Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Kids Golf has each Wednesday and Saturday throughout
the month of December. Thankfully, the coyote was a peaceful one and walked
away. Perhaps he just wanted a front row seat to the kids golf day.
2015 DECEMBER REC CALENDAR
December 18 - 31, 2015
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8a
Masik Tas Category/Event Winners
Songiv’ul Winners
1st Place:
Ak-Chin Ba’ban Vopodam
2nd Place:
San Xavier
JR. RODEO WINNERS
Broom Stick Race
1. Cole Whitehorse
2. Amaya Antone
3. Rope Justin
2. Destinee Bigman
Broom Horse Barrels
1. Dustyne Yazzie
2. Derrick Notah
3. Rope Justin
10-13 Ribbon Roping
1. Brandon Ben
2. Rawley Ben. Jr.
3. Destinee Bigman
Cumbia
Mylauni Antone
Dummy Roping
1. Rope Justin
2. Zayne Little
13-26 Age Group
Category Winners
10-13 Team Roping
1. Rawley Ben/Rawley Ben. Jr.
2. Marvin Yazzie/Destinee Bigman
3. Brandon Ben/ Rawley Ben
Sheep Riding
1. Zayne Little
Dance Contest
Winners
12 and Under Group
Category Winners
Toka Winners
Open Division
1st Place: Seg:wpk U’uwi
2nd Place: Skeg Komchkud
3rd: Gewkdag
6-11 Division
L’as Skeg Komchud
Chote
Allison Miguel
Jilayne Miguel
Chote
Ramon Lopez
Brain Johnson
40 and Over
Ak-Chin Indian Community
Ak-Chin Child DevelopmentSchool Spirit Award
6-9 Calf Riding
1. Coltin ConNeiSenNey
2. Miles Crawford
Valia
Ramon Lopez
Brain Johnson
Housing DepartmentBest Department
Adult Age Group
Category Winners
Environmental Protection DeptBest Theme
Native All-StarsBest Dance Group
Miss Indian Pima Community
CollegeBest Royalty
Harrah’s Ak-Chin CasinoBest Business
Chote
Delbert White
Grace Johns
Cumbia
Jolene Campbell
Vaila
Randy BadHand
Melanie Antone
Pesticide Safety
Submitted by Neil Abbot,
Ak-Chin EPD
I would like to talk a little bit about the clothing or Personal
Protection Equipment (PPE) that should be worn when using
any type of pesticide.
READ THE PESTICIDE PRODUCT LABEL
Your risk depends on both exposure to and the toxicity of the
pesticides. Many pesticide product labels give information on
protective clothing along with the application and handling
procedures.
PROTECTION OFFERED BY CLOTHING

Wear work clothing with long pants and sleeves

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suit with a hood or a waterproof, wide-brimmed hat if
there is aany
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Depart
ment
14-17 Bull Riding
Cordell Wilson
6-9 Goat Tail Pull
1. Coltin ConCeiSenNey
2. Pricilla Notah
3. Leigeon Perkins
Cumbia
Kaycee Lopez
Jonas Miguel
Parade Float
Winners
10-13 Breakaway
1. Brandon Ben
2. Savannah Joe
6-9 Barrel Racing
1. Stolei Perkins
2. Copper Yazzie
14-17 Bull Riding
Zechariah Lupe
14-17 Barrel Racing
Rawlinda Ben
14-17 Ribbon Roping
Zechariah Lupe
0-5 All Around
Zayne Little
6-9 Ribbon Roping
1. Rosalinda Ben
2. Coltin ConNeiSenNey
3. Keith Francisco
Jr. Steer Riding
1. Chance Thomas
2. Juan Bustamante
6-9All Around
Coltin ConNeiSenNey
10-13 All Around
Brandon Ben
14-17 All Around
Zechariah Lupe
10-13 Barrel Racing
1. Jocelyn ConNeiSenNey
BULL BASH WINNERS
Novice Bull Riding
1. Tanner Wilis
2. Gator Palminter
3. Kyle Daren
Open Bull Riding
1. Huner Kelly
2. Joel Gallego
3. Cain Thomas
4. Nathaniel Zamora
5. Lyle Clark
6. Tyler McVay
Wild Horse Race Winners
1. T.O. Wild Boys
2. Mo Green
TEAM ROPING WINNERS
12 Pick n’ Draw
1. Everett Tso/ Shawn Shirley
2. Brandon Ben/ Rawley Ben
3. Charles Sampson/ Cundo Jr.
4. Haily Sherwood/ Shawn Shirley
#14 Pick n’ Draw
1. Brandon Ben/ Ty Romo
2. Victor Lurean/ Ty Romo
3. Bryan Mason/ Steve Sherwood
4. Shea Enos/ Shawn Roadhouse
Open Pick n’ Draw
1. Brandon Ben/ Ty Romo
2. Terry Doka/ Rawley Ben
3. Ryan Justin/ Ty Romo
5 & Under Saddle Winner
Brandon Ben
6 & Over Saddle Winner
Ty Romo
National Safe Toys and Gifts Month.
Keep your family safe during the holidays by buying only toys you can trust. Remember
to immediately discard plastic wrapping or other packaging before they become dangerous
playthings, and keep toys appropriate for older children away from younger siblings.
St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Mission
16657 N. Church St. Maricopa, AZ 85139
Ak-Chin Indian Community
Sunday Mass at 12 noon
December 20
Fr. Ed Meulemans
December 27
Fr. Zygmunt Mazanowski
ANNOUNCEMENTS
December 19, 10am
CCOE Meeting
St. John the Baptist - Laveen
December Holy Days, 2015
December 25
1130am
Christmas Day
Fr. Brad LePage
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.
December 18 - 31, 2015
9a
2015
Masik Tas
Basketball
Tournament
Photos by: R. Lopez
Every Masik Tas celebration,
the ballers come out to play.
The Ak-Chin Parks and
Recreation
Department
hosted their annual All-Indian
basketball tournament over
the Masik Tas celebration
Weekend. With competitive
ball being played over 4 days
beginning on December
10, the tournament hosted
over 7 women’s teams
and
15
men’s
teams.
This year’s games were a
bit different as some games
were played at Sequoia
Pathway
High
School
instead
of
exclusively
at the Ak-Chin gym.
Team IDK won the women’s
tournament and Renegades
won the men’s tournament.
Renegades won it all in the Men’s All-Indian Masik Tas Basketball tournament.
2015
MasikTas
Golf
Tournament
Photos by: R. Lopez
The 2015 Masik Tas golf
tournament teed off on Friday
December 11 at the Ak-Chin
Southern Dunes Golf course.
Over 20+ teams teed off with
the hopes of winning some of
the sponsor prizes that were
up for grabs.
The weather cooperated with
the course, which made it
another beautiful day for golf.
Native American and NFL
legend Jim E. Warne Jr. was
in attendance and played
in the golf tournament.
A veteran of the 1987
Cincinnati Bengals, Warne
Jr. happily posed for photos
while trying to get under par.
The Masik Tas Southern
Dunes golf tournament has
grown in popularity each
year. With how wonderful
the grass and staff treated
its golfers that day, its no
surprise.
Sponsors included: Penta,
A.R. Mays, The Thunderbirds
and Kilpatrick Townsend
(Presenting). The Mahoney
Group, Sundt, Yates, and
Kitchell
(Supporting).
1st place
honors were
awarded to: Joe Prue, Jason
Schurz, Sam Musillami, and
JC Wright. 2nd place honors
went to; Lee Lafleur, Rob
Scheifer, Drew Schueneman,
and Ian Ashleman. 3rd place
winners included; Cecil
Peters, Glenn Boothe, Chuck
Schurz, and Jeremy Hager.
All winners received a
Southern Dunes gift card
and tickets to the 2016
WM
Phoenix
Open.
Team IDK won the championship in the All-Indian Women Masik Tas tournament.
9a
December 18 - 31, 2015
10a
Gingerbread House Recipe
10a
Christmas wishes
Happy Holidays to
Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotic
Anonymous
Religious Services- Leo Lewis, Jr.
Ak-Chin Education – Desiree Guarino,
GED Instructor
Ak-Chin Language Department Staff
Ak-Chin Social Services Staff
Thank you all for your contributions
to our Detention programs. You are
greatly appreciated.
Have a safe holiday season.
From: Ak-Chin Detention Facility
Ingredients
 Gingerbread:
 8 ounces unsalted
butter (16
tablespoons or 2
sticks), softened
 1 1/2 cups packed
light brown sugar
 2 eggs
 1 cup dark
molasses (not
blackstrap)
 1 teaspoon pure
vanilla extract
 6 1/4 cups cake
flour
 4 teaspoons
ground ginger
 2 teaspoons
ground cinnamon
 1 teaspoon baking
soda
 1/2 teaspoon
ground cloves
 1/2 teaspoon salt
 Gingerbread House
Templates, recipe
follows
Royal Icing:
 3 cups
confectioners’
sugar, plus more
as needed
 2 egg whites
Assemble and
Decorate the
House:
 Heavy cardboard
base for the house
 Pastry bag with a
medium plain tip
and a small plain
tip
 Frosted shredded
mini-wheats for the
roof, as needed
 Mini tootsie rolls
for a fence, as
needed
 White Hershey
Kisses for roof top
spikes, as needed
 Small candy canes
for a lamp post
outside the door,
as needed
 Granulated sugar
for snow drifts, as
needed
 Necco Wafers for a
cobblestone path,
as needed
 3 large
marshmallows, for
snow man
 Pretzel sticks, for
snowman arms, as
needed
 2 whole cloves, for
snowman eyes
 Graham crackers
to build a shed, as
needed
 Assorted candy
such as gum
drops, peppermint
drops, M & M’s,
white chocolate
chips and Animal
Crackers
Directions
In a mixer fitted with a
paddle attachment, cream
the butter until smooth.
Add the sugar and mix
until light and fluffy. Add
the eggs 1 at a time until
incorporated. Add the
molasses and vanilla and
mix.
Sift together the flour,
ginger, cinnamon, baking
soda, cloves, and salt.
Working in batches, and
mixing after each addition
just until combined, add
the flour mixture to the
butter-sugar mixture.
Shape the dough into a
thick disk, wrap in waxed
paper, and refrigerate 1 to
2 hours.
Preheat the oven to 350
degrees F and grease 2
cookie sheets.
On a lightly floured
surface, divide the dough
in half and roll each piece
out into a large 1/4-inch
thick sheet. Transfer
the dough sheets to the
sheet pans; then cut
out the required shapes
with your templates
(see Gingerbread House
Templates below).
Bake until stiff and toast-y,
about 10 to 15 minutes.
Let cool completely.
Make the Royal Icing: In
a standing mixer fitted
with the whisk attachment,
whip the confectioners’
sugar and egg whites
together. Add more sugar,
if necessary, to reach a
spreadable consistency.
Assemble and Decorate
the House: Glue the house
walls together by setting
them up on the cardboard
base, and piping the royal
icing at the joints with a
medium plain tip from the
inside. Prop the sides up
with wine or soda bottles
and let set for 30 minutes.
Attach the roof pieces,
using the icing in the
same way
Using a spatula to apply
the icing, glue the frosted
mini-wheats on the roof to
look like thatching. Attach
the front door, with hinges
made from icing (leave it
open to be more inviting).
Decorate as you like,
following the suggestions
in the ingredient list,
using the icing as glue, if
needed. Use a small plain
tip for any filigree style
decorative line work, you
may want.
Gingerbread
House Templates:
Brown paper bags, as
needed
You’ll need to make 7
templates, by drawing the
dimensions out on brown
paper and cutting them
out. Use the templates as
a stencil to cut the dough
into the required pieces.
Here are the templates
you’ll need:
Two front and rear walls:
5 inches high by 8 inches
long. Cut out 2 windows
from each wall, and 2 1/2
by 1 1/2-inch door in one.
Two side walls shaped
like a house (triangle on
a square): 5 inches high
by 6 inches long, with a
triangle 7 inches high on
top (cut all in 1 piece).
Cut 1 window out of each
side.
Two overhanging roof
pieces: 4 1/2 inches wide
by 9 inches long.
One door: 2 1/2 inches
high by 1 1/2 inches wide.
ChRISTMAS FACTS
 The traditional three colors of Christmas
are green, red, and gold. Green has long
been a symbol of life and rebirth; red
symbolizes the blood of Christ, and gold
represents light as well as wealth and
royalty.
 Christmas trees usually grow for about 15
years before they are sold.
 In 1962, the first Christmas postage stamp
was issued in the United States.
 Christmas purchases account for 1/6 of all
retail sales in the U.S.
 “Jingle Bells” was originally supposed to
be a Thanksgiving song.
 The highest-grossing Christmas movie of all
time is How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The
Jim Carrey version.
Happy Holidays to
Ak-Chin Detention Staff and Families
From: Detention Administration
Happy Holidays to
All Police Department Staff & Families.
From: Detention Administration Staff
Happy New Years to
All Police and Detention Staff
and Families
From: Detention Administration Staff
Merry Christmas from The
Ak-Chin Planning Department
Merry Christmas
and Happy New Year
from your Planning
and Development
Department.
Jerry Owen, Sandra
Shade, Lisa Garcia
and Celina Shepherd
Miss Ak-Chin Christmas Wish
Thank You Family, Friends and
Community members for all of
your support and kind words of
encouragement. I look forward to
serving as an Ambassador for the
Ak-Chin Indian Community.
Merry Christmas and
Happy New Year
Sapo
Esperanza Miranda
December 18 - 31, 2015
11a
Ak-Chin Indian Community
Environmental Protection Department
(Water Operations)
Current openings
in the Community:
Transit Manager
*
Detention Officer
*
Communications Officer
*
Police Officer
OUTDOOR WASTEWATER/SEWER
EMERGENCIES CALL
520-858-6999
OUTDOOR WATER
EMERGENCIES CALL
520-858-6061
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.
The Ak-Chin Indian Community
is now on Facebook!
Make sure to LIKE us to
stay up-to-date on what is
happening in the Community.
facebook
If you are claiming Indian Preference,
proof of tribal enrollment MUST be
submitted at the time of application.
Link:
https://www.facebook.com/AkChinIndianCommunity
11a
DECEMBER WISHES
Happy Birthday Mi Torta
Happy Birthday Kolet
Happy Birthday Abby
Love, Cecily & Bri
Here’s wishing you a
An Auntie Just Like You
happy birthday
I just want to let you know
You mean the world to me And many more to come. Happy Birthday Escuella
We love you Biebers!
Chuck
Only a heart
Love, Ba’Pa, Grandma,
as dear as yours
Dannon & Morgan
Happy Birthday ET
Would give so unselfishly
I hope you have some fun.
The many things
Happy Birthday Bianca
Remember you are only
you’ve done
Love, Goddaddy
as old as you feel.
All the times that you
& Godmama
Chuck
were there
Help me know
Happy Birthday to my
Happy Birthday Andrew
deep down inside
son Manuel III
I hope you have an
How much you really care
Love, Mom
Awesome Birthday.
Even though I might not
Auntie Chuck
say I appreciate all you do
Happy Birthday to my
Richly blessed is how
grandsons, Aiden, Kyle,
Happy Birthday
I feel Having an Auntie
and David Jr., and
to our Love,
just like you.
my great-granddaughter
Aubrey Renee
-Unknown
Aubrey
Momma, Daddy and
Love, Grandma
Brother Love You!
From: Libby
Ak-Chin Health and Human Services
Healthy Parenting Education and
Support Group
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The topics covered are:
x Parenting Styles
x Genogram: The Family Map
x Child Development
x Attachment and Connection
x Foundations of Healthy Parenting
x Family Values, Rules, and Consequences
x Behavior Management
x Family Violence and the Effect on Children
™ Including some video study of Conscious Discipline© by Becky Baily
The goal of this group is to help establish a support system for Community Families and offer additional
tools and techniques for parenting.* Community members, Residents, and Employees are welcome to
participate!** For more information contact: Lynne Houston-Volden (Child and Family Therapist) at
Health and Human Services. 520-568-1086.
When: Mondays from 5:30-7:00pm (current session ending… New session October 19, 2015)
Where: Ak-Chin Library (46521 W. Farrell Road x Maricopa x AZ)
Contact: Health & Human Services at 520-568-1086 or Main Phone (520) 568-1093)
Monica Ruiz
Teacher’s Aide
Ak-Chin
*A Certificate of Completion is issued when a participant actively participates in and completes the entire series of topics.
**Individuals not employed by the community, not residents or community members may be given special permission, contact Lynne Houston-Volden for details.
Child Development
Ak-Chin/Maricopa 12 STEP RECOVERY MEETINGS
MONDAY:
TransportaƟon
Alcoholics
provided
Anonymous
Noon
Celebrate Recovery
Mt View Community
6:30PM-9:00PM
Church
Maricopa
50881 W. Papago Rd Community Church
TransportaƟon
44977 W Hathaway
provided
Ave
Dinner Provided
NarcoƟcs
Anonymous
WEDNESDAY:
7:00PM
Alcoholics
Maricopa
Anonymous
Community Church
7:00PM
44977 W Hathaway Mt View Community
Ave
Church
50881 W. Papago Rd
Women’s Group
TUESDAY:
Alcoholics
THURSDAY:
Anonymous
NarcoƟcs
6:30PM
Anonymous
Mt View Community
7:00PM
Church
Ak Chin Social
50881 W. Papago Rd
Services
48227 W Farrell Rd
TransportaƟon
provided
Ak-Chin Health and Human Services continues with its journey…
up is an opportunity to gather together and lea
The group
learn about
provided
Anonymous
Alcoholics
7:00PM
Anonymous
Ak Chin JusƟce
7:00PM
Center
Spanish Speaking AA Mt View Community Conference Room
7:00PM
Church
45525 W Farrell Rd
Mt View Community 50881 W. Papago Rd
Church
SUNDAY:
50881 W. Papago Rd
Al-Anon
NarcoƟcs
Alcoholics
7:00PM
Anonymous
Anonymous
7:00PM
7:00PM
Our Lady of Grace
Calvary Chapel
Community of Hope 45295 W HoneycuƩ 44301 W Maricopa/
Church
Ave
CG Highway
18700 N Porter Rd
Suite 105
SATURDAY:
FRIDAY:
Alcoholics
AA InformaƟon:
Alcoholics
Anonymous
520-426-9318
Anonymous
7:00AM
12:00PM
Mt View Community
NA InformaƟon:
Mt View Community
Church
520-426-0121
Church
TransportaƟon:
50881 W. Papago Rd 50881 W. Papago Rd
520-568-1093
TransportaƟon
NarcoƟcs
12/19
Calvin AntoneElder Center
Manuel PetersEPD
12/20
Roni ZappiaCommunity
Services
Collette
SusunkewaProsecutor
12/21
Estevan
Gastelum- TGA
Candida Enos-
Custodian
12/23
Bartholomew
Smith- Comm
Government
12/28
Bernardina
Gonzalez- Parks
and Recreation
12/29
Mary YanesTGA
12/24
Velacita
Lopez- Cultural
Resources
Toby RodriguezCommunications
12/30
Bernadette
Carra- Security
Lee MiguelSanitation
12/25
Danny VincentSanitation
12/31
Mercedes
Rivera- Human
Resources
12/26
Johnnie
TraughberDetention
·
·
·
·
By partnering with the community we hope to work together to help
build strong foundations for healthy & happy relationships.
This group is open to community members, residents, and employees.
Time: Mondays @ 4:00-5:00pm (New classes start in October 2015)
Place: Ak-Chin Social Services Building
Please Come Join Us!
For more information please call: 520-568-1093
Job - ext. #1091 or Lynne - ext. #1086
D ECEMBER
DECEMBER EMPLOYEE BIRTHDAYS
12/18
Kean KammerLaw and Order
Some of the topics covered are:
Overcoming Fear & Developing Trust
Codependency
Healthy Communication
Learning to “Fight Fair” and more…
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Arlene Manuel
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Analita Laborin
Valerie
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Erica Gallegos
Justine Peters
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Richard MarkPaul Joaquin
Virginia Castro
Dena Romo
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Sarlya Miranda
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Terry Santiago
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Alverna Flores
Gloria Narcia
Alex Antone
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Alejandro
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Zoe
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Joa
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Tristianna Antone
Adeline Thomass
Joseph
Josep
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Kania
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Arie Deleon
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Deborah
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Channel
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15
Janice Perez
Angelica
Salas-Vargas
16
Tyler Peters
Maria Hackney
Lisa Vincent
Raven
Humeyumptewa
H
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Maxine Lewis
17
Leslie Lewis Manuel
Lita Yarberry
James Compton
18
Bianca Valenzuela
Ralston Justin
Sarina Smith
Justin
Humeyumptewa
Humeyumpte
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Josie Hernandez
19
Manuel Peters III
20
Roni Sue Zappia
Collette
Susunkewa
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Aiden
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Nicolas Olivas
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Velacita Lopez
Kyle Peters
David Peters Jr.
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Masik Tas Carnival
December 18 - 31, 2015
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Dwight Yoakam Concert
Traditional Entertainment
Menudo Contest and Community Social Dance
Jr. Rodeo
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Dance Contest
AJ Castillo Concert
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2015 Masik Tas Celebration
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