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Miss Salt River 2010 Is… Lorraine Juan

By Angela Willeford
Au-Authm Action News

After numerous talent presentations that included an essay recital, traditional talent, traditional dress and an impromptu question, Lorraine Juan was crowned Miss Salt River 2010. The first runner-up was Ashley Chiago, and the second runner-up was Martha Ludlow-Martinez.
During the pageant, which took place on June 12 at the Community Building, a panel of five judges scored the three young ladies on their poise and performances. The judges were Carla Banuelos, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community assistant community manager; Salt River Police Department Detective Walter Halloway; Lena Jackson-Eckert, Salt River deputy prosecutor; Scottsdale Community College professor Michael Little Crow; and the current Miss Indian Arizona State University, Cheryl Thomas.


18th Annual Junior Miss Salt River Pageant:
Honoring and Balancing Our Modern and Traditional Ways

By Richie Corrales
Au-Authm Action News

“Honoring and Balancing Our Modern and Traditional Ways” was the theme of the 18th annual Junior Miss Salt River Pageant, held Friday, June 11 at the Salt River Community Building.
The master of ceremonies was Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community member Rito Lopez, and mistress of ceremonies was Esther Moyah. The current Junior Miss Salt River 2009–2010, Alia Shaw, sang the national anthem and gave the welcome. Two 13-year-old contestants competed for the Junior Miss Salt River title: Aianna Davis, whose parents are Helena Garza, Gilbert Garza, Jr. and Bo Davis; and Kailey Toney, daughter of Kathy and Theodus “Odie” Toney.


Students Have Too Much Fun Learning, Not Even Realizing It

By Tasha Silverhorn
Au-Authm Action News

The Scottsdale Community College (SCC) Jr. ACE Program (Achieving a College Education) is a collaborative venture between SCC and Salt River Community Schools that helps students recognize and become prepared for post-secondary educational opportunities. The program engages students in the fifth through eighth grades from Salt River Elementary School (SRES) and Salt River High School (SRHS) in a program that benefits them with college-related experiences such as team-building, career exploration, goal-setting and much more.


Fatherhood Program Hosts Father’s Day Dinner

By Richie Corrales
Au-Authm Action News

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Fatherhood and Healthy Relationships Program, sponsored by the Social Services Division, hosted a Father’s Day celebration dinner on June 15 for all the Community fathers who participate in the program. The dinner was held at the Eagles Buffet at Casino Arizona.
Forty families attended the celebration, which featured guest speakers who talked about fatherhood and what it means for men to be good role models to their families and to be good citizens of the Community.
James Rodriguez, CEO/president of the Fathers & Families Coalition of America, gave a testimony on some of the difficulties he went through in his life and how working through that has brought him to a better place. Community member Donald Santeo and Clay Dix, a former Arizona State University professor, also spoke at the dinner.