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Community Celebrates Council Members Scabby, Kashoya and Leonard at 2016 Inaugural Ceremony

Longtime Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community leaders Deanna Scabby, Archie Kashoya and Ricardo Leonard were sworn into their new Community Council term on December 16.

The Community celebrated the 2016 inauguration with a gathering at Talking Stick Resort, which included the oath of office ceremony, dinner and entertainment.

On September 6, Scabby, Kashoya and Leonard were reelected in the 2016 General Election. Kashoya and Leonard represent Salt River (District I), and Scabby represents Lehi (District II).

SRPMIC Chief Judge Ryan Andrews swore the three incumbents into office. Each Council member took the oath of office separately, accompanied by family members.

SRPMIC Vice-President Martin Harvier gave a welcome address and former Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman was the honorary guest speaker.

“It has been an honor to work with the three that are taking their oath and what they bring to the table,” Harvier said. “The tribal leaders that are here know when we meet at Council, we don’t all agree all the time, but we respect each other’s views, comments and move forward. I want to tell the three incumbent Council members [that]… this is your time, this is your place, and this is the moment in which you were meant to be.”

Ramon Lopez of the Young River People’s Youth Council delivered the invocation, and Martha Martinez sang the National Anthem in O’odham. Council member Thomas Largo gave the benediction, and members of the Salt River Police Department honor guard posted the colors.

Community senior Barbara Johnson shared a message to the Council members and sang holiday songs in O’odham. Wayne Marcus was the event emcee.

Dignitaries from area communities and tribal communities were also in attendance.

At the closing of the ceremony, people in the audience lined up to shake the hands of the newly sworn-in Council members.

“I’m truly honored and privileged to be with you this evening,” Hallman said. “It has been my true great blessing to know so many members of this Community and have this Community’s great support. Thank you and good luck to those elected officials who now bear the burdens to uphold the history and go forward to help all you serve.”

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