SCOTTSDALE—Undoubtly the new 140- acre Salt River Fields at Talking Stick will be a welcomed economic boom for the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community. With a planned 33 games to be played every night for 33 days, which started February 26, thousands of people will flock to the games daily and some will mostly likely stay at the Talking Stick Resort and play at the casino located along the same street east across the Loop 101 freeway.
President Diane Enos praised the contractors for finishing the job on time and to have such a beautiful and state-of-the art facility.
At a dedication ceremony, SRPMIC Concerts, little league games and other events are being planned for the field. Read more about the Salt River Fields on page 8 of our March Edition (free download from the right-side of our home page).
MESA—The Reservation Economic Summit (RES) conference, hosted by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development will have national celebrity, Bill Rancic to speak at the closing session on March 17th. Rancic’s was the winner of the first “Apprentice” show featuring the famous business mogul Donald Trump. Rancic is also a best selling author and a motivational speaker.
RES 2011 will take place at the Las Vegas Hilton, Las Vegas, from March 14th to 17th. It is the premier business conference to attend in Indian country. Go to page 5 & 6 of our March Online Edition for more information.
GLENDALE—The Window Rock Lady Scouts (31-1) took the home the 2011 3A crown with a convincing win over rival Monument Valley, another 3A North team, February 26th before a crowd of 13,000 basketball fans at the Jobing.com Arena.
Having only one lost, to a New Mexico team, Window Rock was the powerhouse to beat coming into the state 3A basketball tournament.
Rank as number one, the Lady Scouts easily routed River Valley in the first round by a score of 65-15. In second round action Window Rock again posted a convincing win over Snowflake. In the semi-finals game, which turned out to be the toughest game, Window Rock overcame a sluggish start to beat Safford.
In the finals, Window Rock took an early lead against Monument Valley and never looked back.
Methodically, the Lady Scouts played their game and increased their point margin after each quarter against Monument Valley and coasted to a 40-19 win. The Lady Scouts leading scorer and all-state selection, Ashley Mitchell netted 19 points in the win.
The Lady Scouts, in the 2010 finals lost to Winslow and vowed to make all the way in 2011.
WINDOW ROCK—The temperature was barely above freezing but an estimated 700 people showed up for the swearing in ceremony of a new Navajo Nation president, vice president and a new 24-member Navajo Nation council at the Dean C. Jackson Rodeo Arena located at the Navajo Nation fairgrounds on January 11, 2011.
Approximately 300 others witnessed the ceremony in the Nakai Hall about 300 yards away. The hall was outfitted with ceiling heaters to accommodate the elderly and handicap.
Herb Yazzie, Navajo Nation Chief Justice gave the oath of office to Shelly but inserted “president of the United States” instead of “president of the Navajo Nation” which received a roar of laughter from the crowd.
In an open letter to the public, Navajo Nation President-elect Ben Shelly is still seeking applications to fill some remaining appointments with tribal divisions.
The Claims Resolution Act of 2010 signed into law on Dec. 8 includes the $3.4 billion Cobell settlement regarding the U.S. government’s trust management and accounting of Native American trust accounts and resources; and four water rights agreements, totaling more than $1 billion, that will deliver clean drinking water to tribes in New Mexico, Arizona and Montana and end decades of water allocation controversy among neighboring communities. Go to www.doi.gov/ost for more information.
PHOENIX—Get ready for another exciting weekend of championship hoop dancing as the 21st Annual Heard Museum World Hoop Dance Contest takes place on February 5 & 6.
This year, the Kenny Duncan family of Mesa, Arizona will have eight family members contest in five categories. Hopi dancer Derrick Davis will defend his world title in the adult category.
PHOENIX—December 7, 2010 a shipment of 42,500 pounds of No. 1 Grade Navajo Pride pinto beans were delivered to the NAHUACALLI, Embassy of Indigenous Peoples to provide food to aid families of the Macehualli, migratory wokers and constituencies of the Mexicano Barrios in Maricopa County.
Working in collaboration with the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry (NAPI), and QuetzalCo-op, an Indigenous Peoples Cooperative, the Comites de Defensa del Barrio have stepped to the forefront of the regional economic crisis from a local base of 400 families organized within 15 distinct Barrios throughout the greater Phoenix to defend and develop their communities, and promote human rights for all peoples.
The pinto beans of the highest quality and flavor, are to be packaged and distributed under the framework of the non-profit cooperative QuetzalCo-op over the next few months.
“We must move into response and not just reaction to the human rights crisis that is Arizona today, and in order to do that it is necessary to construct an economic base built upon the principles of social justice, respect for the rights of migratory workers, human rights, indigenous rights and the rights of Mother Earth. This project is an important and historic move in that direction,” said Tupac Enrique Acosta, project coordinator and Pochteca of QuezalCo-op.
Arizona Native Scene
Owner and Publisher
P.O. Box 4950
Mesa, AZ 85211
Fax (480) 610-9480
Email your press releases to:
or Fax to (480) 610-9480
[Scene Ad Rates.pdf]