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2nd Annual Native Youth Identity Conference ‘Unifying and Empowering Native Youth’ is a Success

By June M. Shorthair
Au-Authm Action News

On Friday, May 29, the second annual Native Youth Identity Conference was held at Salt River High School. In attendance throughout the day and into the evening were approximately 200 youth representing various tribes and nations, including the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, the Ak-Chin Indian Community, Colorado River Indian Tribes, Gila River Indian Community, the Hopi Tribe, Jicarilla Apache Nation, Lakota Sioux Tribe, Navajo Nation, San Carlos Apache Nation, White Mountain Apache Tribe and more.

 
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Community Preserves Fallen Officer’s Memory

By Sheila Begay
Au-Authm Action News

One year ago, in the early morning of May 24, 2014, Salt River Police Department officer Jair Cabrera, 37, was killed in the line of duty during a traffic stop at the corner of Chaparral and Pima roads near Scottsdale. Cabrera was the first Salt River Police Department (SRPD) officer to be killed in the line of duty. Since the tragedy, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community has since honored Cabrera in various ways.

 

The Significance of the Miss Salt River and Jr. Miss Salt River Pageant

By June M. Shorthair
Au-Authm Action News

As you are reading this, the crowning of a new Miss Salt River and Jr. Miss Salt River has just taken place on June 12 and 13 at the Talking Stick Resort. This is the season to coronate new “ambassadors” for the Community and have two young ladies begin their reigns to represent the people throughout the next 12 months at various events and functions.

 

Artist Jacob Butler Teaches Shell Etching With Help From The Artist Leadership Program

By By Jacob Butler
and Denelle Prieto
 

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community member Jacob Butler is a local artist, potter and gardener. Butler is Onk Akimel O’odham and works for the SRPMIC Cultural Resources Department as the Community garden coordinator.