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AZ Best Fest: Celebrating the Arizona Experience

By Richie Corrales
Au-Authm Action News

Arizona kicked off its centennial festivities with the first event of a three-part celebration that began in Prescott, September 16-18. This first event was held in Prescott because of the historical significance of the city—in the late 1800s, before Arizona became a state, Prescott was the capital of the Arizona Territory. The next part of the celebration will take place in Tucson, tentatively January 20-22, 2012, and the final celebration will be held in downtown Phoenix on February 10-12, 2012. Arizona’s official centennial birthday is February 14, 2012, marking 100 years since Arizona statehood on February 14, 1912.

 
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Young Eagles Program Builds Character Through Service

By Richie Corrales
Au-Authm Action News

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Recreation Department, Social Programs Division, hosts the Young Eagles program, which is geared toward boys ages 8 to 13. The Young Eagles learn about many obstacles they will face in life and how to make good choices. The program helps provide a strong foundation for the boys to build on.

 

Teen Finds MCing as a Positive Outlet

By Tasha Silverhorn
Au-Authm Action News

Salt River High School junior Jason Chiago finds rapping (also known as MCing) as a way to stay out of trouble and stay focused. The high school student discovered his love of MCing at age 11, when he first told one of his grandmothers that when he grew up he wanted to be an MC.

 

Making the Piipaash Avxay (Dress)

By Angela Willeford
Au-Authm Action News

Historically, the Piipaash women wore an avxay (dress/skirt) made of inner willow bark. It was not until they were forced into boarding school that they would learn to sew, alter and adopt today’s “traditional” Piipaash dresses, which are the ones several Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community members made in the O’odham Piipaash Language Program dressmaking class in August. Today’s traditional dress concept was adopted from the Spanish-Mexican style, according to Cultural Resources Department Director Kelly Washington.