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Earl Ray participates in the chicken throw during the 22nd annual AICOA Conference Senior Games.

Seniors Have Fun, Learn Important Information at AICOA Conference

By Richie Corrales
Au-Authm Action News

Seniors from many Indian communities around Arizona registered for the 22nd annual Arizona Indian Council on Aging Conference, held April 19–22 at the Radisson Fort McDowell Resort and Casino. The theme of this year’s conference was “Our Elders: Living Treasures.” The theme encompasses AICOA’s goal of advocating for the American Indian senior community.

During the week, seniors participated in various social activities having to do with issues that surround their everyday lives. The purpose of the conference was for the seniors to learn about healthy practices and issues that impact their lives.

Part of the entertainment was the Senior Prom, “Fiesta de Fort McDowell,” during which a King and Queen were crowned. Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community members Sharon and Aggie Manuel were among those nominated.

Workshop Presentations
Seniors attended a variety of workshops on topics of vital interest to them, presented by educators specializing in these fields. Topics included Medicare, social security, fraud and scams targeting the older population, disabilities, caregiver issues, dementia, healthy cooking, managing medication, the 2010 Census, and services that are geared toward elders or seniors 55 and older, such as independent living, support services, when and how to apply for these services and what questions to ask.

“It is such a humbling moment to see hundreds of elders gathered in one place and for one purpose, to be recognized as Our Elders and as Our Living Treasures,” said Area Agency on Aging Independent Living Support Program Specialist Tiffany Yazzie from Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. “This annual event can sometimes bring us to our knees, not only because of the workload in hosting such a conference, but also understanding the rich history each elder has to offer to future generations. Over 22 years, this conference has proven how much elders have invested in what we do for them—providing a safe environment to learn and be heard.”

A senior from the Community, Barbara Johnson, said she enjoyed the fraud and scam workshop and learned a lot of information about what to do if she encounters any of these problems. “I found this to be the most interesting,” said Johnson. “We learned that we are most likely (because of age) to become victims of fraud, and so to always be cautious.”

Senior Games
The Senior Games was the most popular event of the conference. This year the games included a grocery-store race, paper crunch, bean bag toss, basketball-shooting contest and the chicken throw, plus chair volleyball and aerobic dance competitions. The games were to promote exercise and to motivate and encourage seniors to have fun.

While seniors packed one of the ballrooms for the games, in another room spectators watched the aerobic dance competition taking place at the same time. Roberta Johnston’s group, the Senior Shakers, was one of 10 groups that participated in the competition.

“This time I got very nervous,” said Pat King of the Senior Shakers. “I don’t know why I did, but the routine we did went by very fast.” King said this year there were more teams to compete against; in some years at the conference there are only two or three aerobics teams.

“I love these games,” said Community member Etheleen Ray. “I am into sports and am very grateful to my chair volleyball teammates of Team Majestics. We always support each other when there is a game to play; even when it’s last-minute notice, we always come in for each other.”

A hot buffet-style breakfast was served during the closing session, and that morning awards were given out in recognition of the Foster Grandparent Program and Elder and Sponsorship Recognition. Senior Games awards were also presented; trophies went to the winning teams in the aerobic dance competition and chair volleyball, and medallions were presented to individual event winners.

Males 55-64
Chicken Throw

1st Del Bliss TON
2nd Sterling Manuel Sr. SRPMIC
3rd Darrell Navasie Hopi
Kenton Manuel Pima

Bean Bag Toss
1st Lester Luna TON
Leonard Enos GRIC
2nd Guy Innis GRlC
Sterling Manuel Sr. SRPMIC
Darrell Navasie Hopi
3rd Byram Jackson GRlC

Basketball
1st Manuel Savala Kaibab
2nd Tim Uqualla Havasupai
3rd Leonard Enos GRle

Paper Crunch
1st Del Buss TON
2nd Guy Innis GRlC
3rd Darrell Navasie Hopi

Grocery Store
1st Wesley Gutierrez Cocopah
2nd Ladd Bouts Quechan
3rd Del Bliss TON

Males 65-70
Chicken Throw

1st Manuel Pena PYT
2nd Francisco Molina PYT
3rd WaynePaya Havasupai

Bean Bag Toss
1st Pablo Morendo TON
Rufus Martinez TON
2nd Andrew Parley TON
3rd Wayne Paya Havasupai

Basketball
1st John Joaquin Quechan
2nd James T. Begay Navajo
Ed Kyyitan GRIC
Carl Otten Hualapai
3rd Wilfred Whatoname Sr. Hualapai

Paper Crunch
1st Reese Loas WMAT
2nd James T.Begay Navajo
3rd Jerry Gloshay, Sr. WMAT

Grocery Store
1st Jerry Gloshay Sr. WMAT
2nd Cart Sundust Maricopa
3rd Ed Kyyitan GRlC

Male ages 71-76
Chicken Throw

1st Shawney Hartridge Hualapai
2nd Bowman Daley WMAT
3rd Ronald Knox GRIC

Bean Bag Toss
1st Bowman Daley WMAT
Maynerd Andrews SRPMIC
2nd Danny Harvier SRPMIC
3rd Tommy Thomas Cocopah

Basketball
1st Ralph James Yavapai
2nd Ronald Knox GRIC
3rd Danny Harvier SRPMIC

Paper Crunch
1st Shawney Hartridge Hualapai
2nd Francisco Mattia Ak-Chin
3rd Tommy Thomas Cocopah

Grocery Store
1st Ralph Jones Yavapai
2nd Arthur Longstreet SCAT
3rd Maynerd Andrews SRPMIC

Male ages 71-77+
Chicken Throw

1st Grant Tapija Hualapai
2nd Rupert Stephens Ak-Chin
3rd David Savala Kaibab

Bean Bag Toss
1st Grant Tapija Hualapai
2nd Wheeler Grimes, Sr. SCAT
Wilfred Tewawina Hopi
Ben Zurega Chiricahua Apache
Freddie Reams GRIC
Franklin Drye Kaibab Paiute
3rd Enoch Thomas TON

Basketball
1st David Savala Kaibab-Paiute
2nd Wheeler Grimes, Sr. SCAT
Grant Tapija Hualapai
3rd Enoch Thomas TON

Paper Crunch
1st Grant Tapija Hualapai
2nd Richard Navenma Hopi
3rd Ben Zurega Chiricahua Apache

Grocery Store
1st Grant Tapija Hualapai
2nd Franklin Drye Kaibab~Paiute
3rd Ben Zurega Chiricahua Apache

Adaptive Male 55-64
Chicken Throw

1st Wayne Jose Sr. TON
2nd Claude Tapija Hualapai

Bean Bag Toss
1st E.D. Mayo Kaibab
2nd Claude Tapija Hualapai
3rd Wayne Jose Sr. TON

Basketball
1st Claude Tapija Hualapai
2nd E.D. Mayo Kaibab
3rd Wayne Jose Sr. TON

Paper Crunch
1st Claude Tapija Hualapai
2nd E.D. Mayo Kaibab
3rd Wayne Jose Sr. TON

Grocery Store
1st E.D. Mayo Kaibab
2nd Claude TapiJa Hualapai

Female ages 55-64
Chicken Throw

1st Rhonda Chicharello Ft. McDowell
2nd Bonita Sakenima Hopi
3rd Rebecca Collins SRPMIC

Bean Bag Toss
1st Colleen Ft. McDowell
2nd Jonell Hill Ouechan
3rd Malita Liston TON

Basketball
1st Mary Valenzuela TON
2nd Karen Talashoma Hopi
3rd Bernice Lyons GRIC

Paper Crunch
1st Diane Rodriguez Papago
2nd Thelma Tewahaftewa Hopi
3rd Rhonda Chicharello Ft. McDowell

Grocery Store
1st Rhonda Chicharello Ft. McDowell
2nd Yonevea Sapcut Comanche
3rd Ferdina Barrackman CRIT

Female ages 65-70
Chicken Throw

1st Sandra Dewangyuptewa Hopi
2nd Yvonne Vance Quechan
3rd Shirley Daley WMA T

Bean Bag Toss
1st Lorraine Monongye Hopi
2nd Annalita Martinez TON
3rd Mary Gomez TON

Basketball
1st Ethelene Ray SRPMIC
2nd Felicia Gutierrez Cocopah
3rd Letitia H. Isaac Yavapai

Paper Crunch
1st Florence Lopez TON
2nd Dorothy George Hopi
3rd Dolores Savala Kaibab

Grocery Store
1st Katherine Marquez Ft.McDowell
2nd Marsha Emmerson Quechan
3rd Sharon Wakayuta Hualapai

Female ages 71-76
Chicken Throw

1st Lucille Martin Apache
2nd Loretta Martinez Kaibab- Paiute
3rd Lenora Ethelbah WMAT

Bean Bag Toss
1st Lenora Ethelbah WMAT
2nd Martha Camacho Ft. McDowell
3rd Ida Lopez TON


Basketball
1st Mary A. Blackwater GRIC
2nd Phyllis Machukay GRIC
3rd Alice Sakiestewa Hopi

Paper Crunch
1st JoAnn Selestewa Hopi
2nd Loretta Norris GRIC
3rd Gloria Loma SRPMIC

Grocery Store
1st Louella J. Mitchem GRIC
2nd Leatrice Davis G RIC
3rd Idella F. Poocha GRIC

Female ages 77+
Chicken Throw

1st Mavis Harvey Hopi
2nd Eva Lomakema Hopi
3rd Aurillia Sapcut-Carig Comanche

Bean Bag Toss
1st Rosalie Kaye Hopi
2nd Eva Lomakema Hopi
3rd Pearl Schurz SRPMIC

Basketball
1st Lorena Charles Hopi
2nd Eva Lomakema Hopi
3rd Aurilla Sapcut-Carig Comanche

Paper Crunch
1st Gevene Savala Kaibab Paiute
2nd Rosalie Kaye Hopi
3rd Mary Jane Walema Hualapai

Grocery Store
1st Lorena Charles Hopi
2nd Joephine Honyumptewa Hopi
Eva Lomakema Hopi
3rd Georgina Charley Pima

Adaptive Female ages 55-64
Chicken Throw

1st Karen L. Antone TON
2nd Alberta Lewis GRIC
3rd Pauline Koolick Cocopah

Bean Bag Toss
1st Loretta Johnson SRPMIC
2nd Karen L. Antone TON
Mariah Martinez CRIT
3rd Maxine Mayo Kaibab

Basketball
1 st Karen L. Antone TON
2nd Valencia Francisco
Linda Duwyeni Hualapai
3rd Pauline Koolick Cocopah

Paper Crunch
1st Valencia Francisco
2nd Karen L. Antone TON
3rd Maxine Mayo Kaibab

Grocery Store
1st Valencia Francisco
2nd Linda Duwyeni Hualapai
3rd Karen L. Antone TON

Adaptive Female ages 65-70
Chicken Throw

1st Barbara Gonzales TON
2nd Frances Murrietta TON
3rd Linda Preston TON

Bean Bag Toss
1st Irene Begay TON
2nd Frances Murrietta TON
3rd Linda Preston TON
Barbara Gonzales TON
Victoria Pickayviett Kaibab

Basketball
1st Irene Begay TON
2nd Frances Murrietta TON
3rd Victoria Pickayviett Kaibab

Paper Crunch
1st Linda Preston TON
2nd Irene Begay TON
3rd Frances Murrietta TON

Grocery Store
1st Linda Preston TON
2nd Irene Begay TON
3rd Barbara Gonzales TON

Adaptive Female ages 71-76
Chicken Throw

1st Doralita Lopez SRPMIC
Bean Bag Toss
1st Doralita Lopez SRPMIC

No Basketball

Paper Crunch
1 st Paper Crunch
1st Doralita Lopez SRPMIC
2nd Rose Andrews TON

Grocery Store
1st Rose Andrews TON
2nd Doralita Lopez SRPMIC

Adaptive Female ages 77+
Chicken Throw

1st Mary Ann Honahni Hopi
2nd Vivian Duwyenie Hualapai
3rd Rita Nuvangyaoma Hopi

Bean Bag Toss
1st Rita Nuvangyaoma Hopi
2nd Mary Ann Honahni Hopi
3rd Vivian Duwyenie Hualapai

Basketball
1st Mary Ann Honahni Hopi
2nd Rita Nuvangyaoma Hopi

Paper Crunch
1st Vivian Duwyenie Hualapai
2nd Mary Ann Honahni Hopi
3rd Rita Nuvangyaoma Hopi

Grocery Store
1st Vivian Duwyenie Hualapai
2nd Mary Ann Honahni Hopi
3rd Rita Nuvangyaoma Hopi

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