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Young River People’s Council Holds 2017 Inauguration

All Young River People's Council members in attendance took a group oath.

On the morning of January 14, the Young River People’s Council held the inauguration of their new officers on the third-floor balcony at Two Waters Building A.

“We’re here celebrating this event with the YRPC and their dedication and the leadership that they are showing in our Community,” said Gary Bohnee of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Office of Congressional and Legislative Affairs, who served as the master of ceremonies for the event.

Christine Porter, youth development specialist for the Legislative Affairs Office, welcomed friends and family to the event, and Angela Willeford, also of the OCLA, gave the morning prayer. Willeford also took time to address the parents in attendance: “I know you have [your children involved] in this Youth Council for a reason. You want them to succeed. We want them to succeed. Because if they succeed, our Community succeeds.”

A gift was given to Kailey Toney who is leaving the Young River People's Council after eight years of service. Ramon Lopez shakes the hand of Chief Judge Ryan Andrews after he is sworn in as Correspondence Secretary.
The new YRPC executive staff was sworn in by SRPMIC Chief Judge Ryan Andrews, who also shared some guidance and words of encouragement: “When times get tough and you get stuck and you don’t know what you’re doing sometimes, that’s when you have to go back and remember your oath.”

The new officers are Dione Dallas, president; Ariana Leonard, vice-president; Nalani Lopez, treasurer; Sommer Lopez, clerical secretary; and Ramon Lopez, correspondence secretary. All members of the Young River People’s Council who were present gathered to partake in a group oath.

The inauguration closed with thank-yous and a few remarks from the new YRPC executive officers. Summer Lopez said, “I know this year we can do a lot of great things with our youth council if we work together, and we can pave a brighter path for our Community.”

Friends and family gathered on the balcony of Two Waters A for the Inauguration ceremony.
The event ended with a few sprinkles, pastries and beverages. To learn more about the Young River People’s Council, call (480) 362-7520.