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Wellness Fair Brings Community Together
By Jessica Joaquin
Au-Authm Action News
The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Wellness Fair on March 24 was a successful night for both Community programs and Community members. The second annual event, jointly organized by the Education Department and the Health & Human Services Department, Prevention and Intervention Services, was a chance for programs to share information on their services for members and guests who could readily benefit.
Building a Community Safe From Suicide
By Sheila Begay
Au-Authm Action News
Every 13 minutes, someone completes a suicide.

Finances, divorce, loss of a loved one, dealing with the foster care system, job loss, credit card debt, illness and caregiving, drugs/alcohol and bullying are all circumstances that take a toll on our mental health, sometimes leading to suicide. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2013 there were 41,149 completed suicides in the United States alone.

O’odham Piipaash Language Program Hosts First Family Game Night
Submitted by the O’odham Piipaash Language Program
Before technology became such a large part of our lives, O’odham and Piipaash families would spend most of their time together, working, eating and talking, making direct human contact. Nowadays we’re very lucky to have any family activities without the presence of cell phones or electronic devices dominating the attention of family members of all ages. Families rarely sit and talk together anymore, let alone to speak with each other in our O’odham and Piipaash languages.
Tony Lester’s Aunt Becomes Peace Hero in His Honor
By Sheila Begay
Au-Authm Action News

Approximately 50 walkers chanted “Live Peaceably!” during the Phoenix Peace Heroes Walk Around the World from the Heard Museum to the Phoenix Art Museum in Downtown Phoenix on Saturday, March 12. Among 26 Peace Heroes from across the world, Patti Jones, aunt of Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community member Anthony “Tony” Lester, was honored and recognized for her hard work. Since the death of her nephew, Jones has become an advocate for peace, focusing on the mentally ill who are incarcerated.