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Ninety Years of Life Gave Community Elder Many Opportunities

By Tasha Silverhorn
Au-Authm Action News

In June, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community elder and Army National Guard veteran Harrison Rhoades celebrated his 90th birthday with friends and his entire family. Rhoades was surprised as he was recognized for his many talents, accomplishments and services throughout his lifetime. What he thought was going to be a family gathering for his birthday celebration grew into more of an awards ceremony for Rhoades, although he didn’t mind.
Au-Authm Action News thought it would be a good idea to feature Rhoades as well, which led me to meet this very gifted and talented man and interview him about the journey of his life.



By Janet Johnson
Special for Au-Authm Action News

A young girl’s request to attend a pow-wow in Hawaii turned into a wonderful trip that many were able to experience together. In May, 32 members of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and two members from the Gila River Indian Community attended the Fifth Annual Hilo Inter-Tribal Pow-wow on the Big Island of Hawaii. The event took place over Memorial Day Weekend, May 29–31.
The Red Mountain Eagle Pow-wow (RMEP) court began planning the trip to Hilo in January. By the end of February, 15 people were on board. In April, the interest in traveling to Hawaii had increased, with the number of participants at 28. It was a snowball effect. By end of registration in mid-May, the number had topped out at 34.


Grant Helps Community Artist Teach an Old Tradition

By Tasha Silverhorn
Au-Authm Action News

On June 24, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community artist, historian and cultural presenter Royce Manuel was informed that he was one of five Native American artists throughout the United States chosen to receive a National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) grant under the Indigenous Contemporary Arts Program.
The mission of the Indigenous Contemporary Arts Program is to support the arts in a variety of expressive culture genres. It supports a wide range of arts activities and Native American artists with the goal of increasing the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of contemporary Native American arts.


Community Wellness Program and Expo: Healthy Living Starts from Within

By Angela Willeford and Tasha Silverhorn
Au-Authm Action News

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Community is trying its best to ensure the health and well-being of its Community members and employees. A new program called the Community Wellness Program has been established to jump-start health awareness for Community members. The goal of the program is to help Community members become more aware of their health to ensure they live long and healthy lives, spiritually and physically.