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Talking Stick Resort Holds Soft Opening

By Richie Corrales and Tasha Silverhorn
Au-Authm Action News

On April 14, the staff of Casino Arizona were up bright and early preparing for the opening of the new Talking Stick Resort. The 15-story resort features 497 guestrooms, 10 lounges and eight restaurants, a showroom, a spa, and the new 240,000-square-foot Casino Arizona, offering 800 slot machines, poker and blackjack.
Although the 15th was the day the resort opened to the public, on the 14th the resort had a “soft opening” to allow members of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community to experience the resort for themselves.


Outstanding Student: Cody Tanner

By Tasha Silverhorn
Au-Authm Action News

When Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community members Poppy and Bryan Tanner found out that their son Cody Tanner, 7, was diagnosed with receptive speech delay when he was in preschool, they feared he wouldn’t be able to take care of himself when he grows up because of the disability.


A Nation Looking for Direction

By Richie Corrales
Au-Authm Action News

Representatives from the Clearwater River Dene Nation of Canada recently traveled to the United States to visit several Native American communities, including a stop on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community on April 9.


Curtis Thomas: 35 Years of Serving the Community

By Angela Willeford
Cultural Resources Department

“Night and day.” That’s how Curtis Thomas, manager of the Communications Division for the Salt River Police Department, describes the difference between the communications technology used by the SRPD in 1975 and the technology today. When Thomas started on the job, he had only a typewriter and a phone. Today the department uses advanced technology to monitor, manage and respond to a wide variety of emergency and non-emergency calls.