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First SRPD Police Officer and Community Member Graduates From the LETA Police Academy

By Det. Vicente Cendejas
Au-Authm Action News

March 28 was both the end and the beginning. It was the end of 10 months of hard work, testing and most of all dedication, and it was also the beginning of a new career for Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Member Paula Alvarez, who graduated from the Law Enforcement Training Academy (LETA) at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. Alvarez was the first Salt River Police Department (SRPD) police officer and Community member to graduate from the SRPD Extended Police Academy Pilot Program.


Community Members Take Part in Agave Workshop

By Jennifer Jimenez
Au-Authm Action News

Several Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community members are currently taking part in the Agave Workshop, offered through the O’odham Piipaash Language Program (OPLP), in which they are making traditional burden baskets and other items from agave fibers. Royce Manuel is currently teaching the class, and the participants have said they are learning a great deal about the culture and the traditional way of life. The OPLP is also incorporating many O’odham and Piipaash words into the activity.


Lehi Boys & Girls Club Cuts Ribbon on Renovated Teen Center

By Richie Corrales and Michelle Washington
Au-Authm Action News

The State Farm insurance company and Major League Baseball (MLB) Charities recently donated $50,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale’s Lehi Branch, located on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC). The Lehi Branch has used the funds to completely remodel and upgrade its Teen Center.


Fourth Annual Conference Held to Inform Caregivers of Resources Available in the Community

By Michelle Washington
Au-Authm Action News

The fourth annual Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Caregiver Conference was held at Talking Stick Resort on March 29. The conference provides caregivers with an opportunity to learn about support programs and services available to Community seniors age 55 and older and disabled individuals 18 and older, including family members or grandparents who are taking care of grandchildren.