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Native American Recognition Day Celebration at Two Waters

Employees of the Tribal Government participate in the Native American Recognition Day Fashion Show at the Round House Café September 27, pictured (l-r): (L to R) Amy Francisco of the Human Resources Department, Amber Manuelito of the Education Department, Billie Jean Missie Stillman of the CRA Department, Susette Susie Shihady of Social Services, Irene Shaw of the Tribal Court Department, Quentin Begay of Social Serives, Felicia Panana of Social Services, Marylan Wood of Public Works and Denise Ryan of the Prosecutors Office.

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community celebrated Native American Recognition Day on September 27 with a variety of activities lasting nearly all day.

The celebration started with a traditional fashion show, in which 11 SRPMIC members and employees displayed their traditional Native American clothing.

The last Friday of September is designated as Native American Recognition Day here in the Community, and tribal offices are closed. This year the holiday fell on September 30, but all related activities took place three days earlier at the Community’s Two Waters Complex.

“I enjoyed myself; I cannot wait for next year,” said Billie Jean “Missie” Stillman, who works in the Community Regulatory Agency Department. “I loved seeing everyone’s different outfits.”

“It was cool. I was very proud to represent the Community,” said Raina Thomas about participating in the fashion show.

Community member Michelle Johnson also enjoyed the event. “I enjoyed myself and representing the Piipaash. I can’t wait for next year’s event.”

Community member Melvin Deer was the featured chef for lunch, serving barbecue spare ribs at the Round House Café.

An art market in the courtyard featured many Native American artists showcasing their artistic abilities. A free dinner was provided to the first 500 guests by Round House Cafe, which also included Community member Tweety and her famous frybread. There were seven dance groups which included Apache Crown Dancers from Whiteriver, Pualoto Polynesian Show, Zuni Olla Maidens, Hoop Dancer – RJ Lopez, Bird Singing & Dancing by the River, Hawaiian Live Fire Knife Performer & Dancers and SRPMIC Traditional Dancers.

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