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2016 Earth Day Clean-Up
By Richie Corrales
Au-Authm Action News
This year’s Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Earth Day Celebration theme was “Let’s Go Green.” The 12th annual event was held on Saturday, April 9, at the Two Waters Complex. Community member Amy Miguel, senior environmental specialist–environmental compliance, gave the opening statement, followed by a prayer from SRPMIC Council Member Tom Largo. Safety tips were provided to the participants before they went out to their assigned cleanup projects. Salt River Fitness Center staff member Nevelle Howard provided a quick warm-up stretch to begin the day.
 
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Marriott Chairman Visits Courtyard Scottsdale-Salt River
By Richie Corrales
Au-Authm Action News
The Courtyard Marriott Scottsdale-Salt RiThe staff of the Courtyard by Marriott Scottsdale-Salt River prepared for a very important guest who was arriving on April 1: Marriott International Executive Chairman J.W. “Bill” Marriott. He was greeted and welcomed by hotel staff upon his arrival.
 
SRFD Chief Dave Bunce Retires After 16 Years
By Richie Corrales
Au-Authm Action News
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Fire Department staff, government employees and family members of Salt River Fire Chief William “Dave” Bunce celebrated his 16-year career with the Community at a luncheon held at Talking Stick Resort’s Grand Ballroom on April 5. After working in the fire service for more than 40 years, Bunce is retiring from the Salt River Fire Department.
 
Piipaash Language Learners Travel to Vii Kwxmii
Submitted by O’odham Piipaash Language Program

On March 25, students in both the Piipaash Immersion Class and the Beginning Piipaash Class traveled to Vii Kwxmii (Tall Mountain), which is geographically known as the highest peak in the Newberry Mountains. Vii Kwxmii, which is also known to the Yuman tribes as Spirit Mountain, stands tall north of Grapevine Canyon. This canyon encompasses many petroglyphs and etchings that are linked to the Yuman tribes’ creation stories, which refer to the beginning of all life; the Yuman tribes include the Mohave, Hualapai, Havasupai, Yavapai, Pai Pai, Quechan and Maricopa.