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Arizona Best Fest

By Tasha Silverhorn
Au-Authm Action News

Thousands of Arizona residents flocked to the Arizona State Capitol on Saturday, February 11 and Sunday, February 12 to celebrate the Arizona Centennial at the Arizona Best Fest. The Arizona Best Fest recognized the culturally diverse past, present and future of the entire state. Many local businesses and organizations participated in the celebration, offering entertainment, art, foods and cultural traditions.

 
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SRPMIC Earns StormReady Certification from National Weather Service

By Richie Corrales
Au-Authm Action News

During the weekly Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Council meeting on February 1, the National Weather Service (NWS) presented to the Council the SRPMIC’s StormReady® certification. SRPMIC Emergency Manager Cliff Puckett has been working with the NWS for about 18 months to try to achieve this certification for the Community.

 

Xalychidom Piipaash Nywaash: Lehi Cry House Project

By Tasha Silverhorn
Au-Authm Action News

In June 2009, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Building and Planning Committee and Public Works staff visited three cry houses (a cry house is like a memorial hall, a building where funerals, memorial services and wakes are held) in the Yuma area. During the months following their visit to Yuma, the committee held six meetings at the Lehi Community Building discussing the idea for a cry house in Lehi. They decided on the preliminary site plan, floor design, finish materials and exterior design.

 

Piipaash Elders Determined to Keep Language Alive

By Michelle Washington
Au-Authm Action News

Have you ever wanted to learn a foreign language? For most adults and youth in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, our very own O’odham and Piipaash language seems like a foreign language. But it is not—it is the most important aspect of our Community’s cultural identity, and most Community members do not realize how important it is. The Cultural Resources Department and Community elders continue to put a lot of time and effort into keeping both languages alive.