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25th Annual Run Against Diabetes Fun Run

By Richie Corrales
Au-Authm Action News

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community members and runners from other Native American communities attended the 25th annual Run Against Diabetes, held at the Salt River High School athletics facility on October 13. Every year the fun run is a success, with different communities competing with each other over who will get the trophy for the most participation. This year’s trophy went to the Gila River Indian Community for having the largest number of tribal members come out and participate in the run.


Synthetic Drug Awareness

By Tasha Silverhorn
Au-Authm Action News

Salt River Police Department School Resource Officers (SROs) and others educated families about the latest trends in teenage drug use during the Synthetic Drug Awareness presentation on Tuesday, October 16, at the Salt River High School. Speakers informed parents and interested members of the public about synthetic drugs such as “spice,” “bath salts” and inhalants. The goal of the presentation was to make people aware of some of the symptoms of drug abuse in teens and the harm that these synthetic drugs can cause to those who consume them.


Memorial Hall Marks 10th Anniversary

ByTasha Silverhorn
Au-Authm Action News

More than 17 years ago, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Council Member Ruth Chough expressed concern for a family that was in the process of saying goodbye to a loved one during a wake, and it was rained out. Because another event was going on at the Community Building at the same time, the family had nowhere else to continue the service. This sad circumstance made Chough realize that the Community needed to have a dedicated space for memorials, wakes and funeral services, regardless of a family’s religious faith or denomination.


Family Wellness Conference Helps Build Self-Confidence

ByRichie Corrales
Au-Authm Action News

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Health Education Domestic Violence Prevention Program hosted a Family Wellness Conference on October 17 at the Lehi Community Building. The event was designed to share techniques for promoting wellness, self-awareness and communication skills. About 30 people attended, many of whom were couples.