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23rd Annual AICOA Conference: “Strengthening Our Culture Through Our Elders”

By Au-Authm Action News staff
Au-Authm Action News

The 23rd annual Arizona Indian Council on Aging (AICOA) Conference was held at the Radisson Fort McDowell Resort March 21-24. This year’s theme was “Strengthening Our Culture Through Our Elders.” The annual conference provides up-to-date information and education on issues facing American Indian elders, disabled adults and their caregivers.

 
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Unity Run Teaches Youth Their O’odham Roots

By Tasha Silverhorn
Au-Authm Action News

On Saturday, March 12, close to 100 people set up tents at the campground at Pole 7 along the Verde River, located at Red Mountain, where the 16th Annual Unity Run was set to begin the following morning. As runners, drivers and supporters of the Unity Run arrived, they were treated to a dinner cooked by women of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Final preparations were underway as they prepared to make the journey from S’vegium Tho’ag (Red Mountain) on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community south through the Gila River Indian Community and the Tohono O’odham Nation, ending at Chethagi Waihia (Pozo Verde) in Sonora, Mexico, to honor their O’odham ancestors and the O’odham people though a week-long relay-style run.

 

Tweety’s Pima Frybread

By Angela Willeford
Au-Authm Action News

The wind blows wildly at the new Salt River Fields at Talking Stick as Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community member Cecelia Antone, better known within the Community as “Tweety,” stands making her frybread during the spring training game between the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers on March 7.

 

5th Annual Veterans Powwow Thank a Veteran

By Angela Willeford
Au-Authm Action News

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community hosted the fifth Annual Veterans Pow-wow on March 12 and 13 at Salt River Community Building. The annual event honors the Community’s veterans and their service to the country. The honorees this year were Cameron Grey, Sr., Franklin Kauakahi, Gregory L. Vincent, Joseph James, Charles Donahue, Edward “Pacer” Reina, III and Bob Aguilar.