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12 Percent Luncheon Hosted at Salt River Fields

Council member Archie Kashoya and other guests gather on the Pepsi Patio to watch the video showcasing SRPMIC.

On December 8, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community held its annual 12 Percent Luncheon on the Pepsi Patio at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

SRPMIC President Delbert W. Ray Sr., Vice-President Martin Harvier, and Council members Tom Largo, Archie Kashoya, Ricardo Leonard and Janelle Howard were in attendance. Leonard provided a traditional song called “Hummingbird.” A short video was shown on the big screen showcasing SRPMIC’s enterprises, departments and culture.

The purpose of the luncheon is to give the organizations that received some of the 12 percent funding a chance to present the work they are doing in their programs.

According to the Arizona Department of Gaming website,“12% of a tribe’s total annual contribution is distributed by the tribe to the cities, towns and counties of the tribe’s choosing. The money is for government services that benefit the general public, including public safety, mitigation of impacts of gaming, and promotion of commerce and economic development.” The Community granted funding to 52 organizations this year.

Mesa Public Schools Associate Superintendent Dr. Peter Lesar expressed his gratitude to the SRPMIC.

“We would really like to thank the SRPMIC for their invitation to this celebration today,” Lesar said. “We’ve had a great relationship with Salt River over the years and we continue to do so today in providing a great academic, social, emotional and family support for our students. We’re going to use these resources to support cultural awareness, social and emotional needs of our students, mentorships, study skills, and leadership opportunities.

Our district and schools thank the SRPMIC and the 12 Percent Grant Committee for their support and commitment not only to their students, but also to our entire community and all the students that we serve. We believe that these resources will be able to be utilized and distributed to all kids that are in the schools where we’re putting to use this grant money. We look forward to continued partnership with your Community, and thank you again for your generosity.”