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Conference Aims to Heal and Strengthen Native Families
By Sheila Begay
Au-Authm Action News
From July 21 through July 23, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s Life Enhancement and Resource Network (L.E.A.R.N.) hosted the sixth annual Men and Women’s Gathering at the Talking Stick Resort. Approximately 270 registered attendees participated in this national conference, some traveling from as far away as San Francisco, California.
 
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Work on Water System Improvement Project Begins
By Richie Corrales
Au-Authm Action News
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community member and business owner David Dallas of MayDall Construction and Sherrie Logg of the SRPMIC Public Works Department recently discussed the new pump station and reservoir project. The project is currently in the beginning stages of construction and excavating for the 2.5 million gallon reservoir. MayDall Construction was contracted by Public Works for this project and teamed with MGC Contractors who specialize in building water treatment facilities throughout Arizona and Texas.
 
Eighth Annual Piipaash Language Gathering at Lehi
By June Shorthair
Au-Authm Action News
On July 28, the Cultural Resources Department’s O’odham Piipaash Language Program (OPLP) hosted the eighth annual gathering of people from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) and the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC) to bring together all the Piipaash speakers from both communities. It was a time to celebrate their accomplishments and efforts of working together in their struggle to maintain their language.
 
When Children Transition to Adulthood: The Bisacca Family Experience
By June Shorthair
Au-Authm Action News
The school year for pre-kindergarten to college-age Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community members has begun as summer comes to an end. For young children, starting school for the first time can be very impactful, and for returning students it can involve new experiences or picking up where they left off. For many Community members, once they graduate from college they begin a new path toward their professional development.