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Welcome Letter from the Youth Council President

Gila River Indian Community

Akimel O’odham/Pee-Posh Youth Council

Celebrating Thirty Years of Dedicated Service & Advocacy for Gila River Youth

Youth Conference Welcome My name is Randel Curran. I was born in Long Beach, California 19 years ago. I am of Akimel O’odham, Tohono O’odham, Quechan, Paiute and German descent. I have served on the Akimel O’odham /Pee-Posh Youth Council for two years. I currently have the honor of serving as the 29th President. I am a student at Central Arizona College and a crew member at Chipotle Mexican Grill in Mesa. All this matters to me because it’s apart of me, it’s my story. This two day conference will be an opportunity for you to tell your story. Kai/Dish is O’odham and Pee Posh for “Seed.” The thought behind that is, we cannot grow as a person without knowing where we come from, recognizing the people that lived before us and honoring them The seed is our himdag, our way of life, and with it, we will grow into extraordinary people and go on to do extraordinary things, but we cannot forget how we got here. We cannot forget the people that helped us get to this point in our journey. A famous political leader by the name of Marcus Garvey once said, “A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” Take the initiative to learn your roots. Take that first step in the right direction and use these next two days to take in as much as you can and learn

Post Office Box ‘F’ ● Sacaton, Arizona 85147 ● (520) 562-1866 ● Fax (520) 562-3621 E-mail: youthcouncil@gric.nsn.us ● Web Site: www.gricyouthcouncil.org

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Akimel O’odham/Pee-Posh Youth Council 2017-2018 District 1 Tianna Sanchez Angel Ortiz

At-Large Membership Enrique Holguin Sineca Jackson Samaira Juan Alexander Bustamante

District 2 Sandra Pablo Dedric Osife

Honorary Member Hunter Nish Joseph Davis, UNITY Representative

District 3 Shantell Terrazas Elaysia Colt

Executive OfďŹ cers Lehua Lani Dosela, Treasurer Nathaniel Talamantez, Secretary Angel Ortiz, Vice-President Randel Curran, President

District 4 Justine Williams Lorenza Aleman

Miss Gila River 2017-2018 Autumn Cooper

District 5 Deirde Copperfield Adrian Thomas

Jr. Miss Gila River 2017-2018 Samaira Juan

District 6 Lehua Lani Dosela District 7 Angel Molina David Romero

Youth Council Advisory Board Chairperson Merlena Calabaza

Armando Holguin Chandra Narcia Darren Pedro-Martinez Kenyen Thompson

Secretary Mikhail Sundust Youth Council Staff Youth Council Secretary Gwendolyn Morago

Youth Council Coordinator Michael Preston

Website: www.gricyouthcouncil.org Facebook: www.facebook.com/gricyouthcouncil Email: gricyouthcouncil@gric.nsn.us Instagram: aoppyc

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Transportation Schedule

TRANSPORTATION SCHEDULE Friday July 13, 2018 (All participants must be pre-registered) Districts

Arrive @ Service Center

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Saturday July 14, 2018 (All participants must be pre-registered)

May Charters is the official transportation carrier for the Gila River Youth Conference. Transportation is only provided to youth who have pre-registered for the conference and signed up at the district service center. Youth will be picked up and dropped off at the same location. Please respect the transportation driver, chaperone, & passengers. All backpacks and bags will be subject to inspection by youth conference staff, chaperones, and police escorts for the safety of conference participants. Transportation times are subject to change. If you have any questions, please contact youth council office at (520) 562-1866 or youthcouncil@gric.nsn.us.

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EXHIBITORS: Friday July 13, 2018 CPAO CVS Respect Your Mother Be A Lifesaver Benefit Coordination Gila River K-12 Program GRHC: BHS Prevention Program Veteran & Family Services Office GRIC AmeriCorps GRIC Juvenile Drug Court Gila River Utility Authority Hoop of Learning Land Use Planning & Zoning GIS Land Use Planning & Zoning GIS Tribal Elections Program Per Capita Office Public Health Nurseing Student Services Tribal Recreation & Wellness Wyman’s Top Youth Club Arizona State University Community Health Nutrition GRIC Voter Registration Board Arizona Indians into Medicine Emergency Preparedness Northern Arizona University Future Inspired Native American Leaders Tohono O’odham Community College The University of Arizona Office of Admissions Intel

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SCHEDULE: Friday July 13, 2018 Rawhide Onsite Badge Pickup: 8:00am – 1:00pm Exhibitors Hours: 4:00pm – 6:00pm 8:00 – 1:00pm

Registration Opens: Pick Up Badges

9:00am

O’odham Directions Opening Ceremony General Session Welcome, Blessing: Tim Terry Jr. Opening Remarks: Randel Curran,, Youth Council President GRIC Community Welcome: Governor Stephen Lewis Keynote Speaker: Nephi Craig AOPPYC Elections: Nathaniel Talamantez, AOPPYC Secretary Announcements: Shantell Terrazas, Adrian Thomas

11:30am

Caucus: Election Rules & Applications District 1: Avee District 5: Tadai District 2: Huapal District 6: Kaikacu District 3: Naksel District 7: Shpaa District 4: Judum Visitors/Guests: General Session

12:00-12:45pm

Lunch: Taco Buffet

1:00-1:45pm 2:00-2:45pm 3:00-3:45pm

Workshops A:: See Workshop Schedule Workshops B:: See Workshop Schedule Workshops C:: See Workshop Schedule

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Snack: Fun Foods Cart

4:00 – 6:00pm

Exhibitors

4:00-5:45pm

Youth Council Interviews Mandatory for All Candidates

4:00-4:45pm

Physical Activities: Session 1 3 on 3 Basketball: Kelly Whitman Zumba: Frances James Golf Clinic Indigenous Cooking Class O’odham Foods in the Wild

Indoors General Session Whirlwind Avee Tadai

Physical Activities: Session 2 3 on 3 Basketball: Kelly Whitman Zumba: Frances James Golf Clinic Indigenous Cooking Class O’odham Foods in the Wild

Indoors General Session Whirlwind Avee Tadai

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SCHEDULE: Friday July 13, 2018 6:00pm – 7:00pm Dinner: Grilled Hamgurgers General Session Entertainment: Adrian Thomas & David Romero 7:00pm-10:45pm DJ Dance 9:00pm Snacks

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SCHEDULE: Saturday July 14, 2018 8:00 – 1:00pm

Badge Pick-Up

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9:00am Welcome & Blessing General Session Opening Remarks: Lt. Governor Robert Stone Keynote Speaker: Thosh Collins Large Group Physical Activity: Thosh Collins Announcements: Shantell Terrazas, Adrian Thomas 11:00am

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11:30am AOPPYC Presentation of Awards: General Session Citizen of the Year; Leader of the Year, Elder of the Year Female Youth of the Year & Male Youth of the Year 12:00-1:00pm Lunch: Pulled Pork BBQ Entertainment 1:00pm – 1:45pm Caucus: Election Rules & Applications District 1: Avee District 5: Tadai District 2: Huapal District 6: Kaikacu District 3: Naksel District 7: Shpaa District 4: Judum Visitors/Guests: General Session

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SCHEDULE: Saturday July 14, 2018 2:00 – 3:00pm

Special Presentation: 30 Years of Leadership Recognition of Previous AOPPYC Members Video Presentation

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Robert Johnston 4:00pm

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Cultural Activities: Session 1 Beading: Kristen Dosela Pottery: Yolanda Stevens O’odham Language: Bryson Hall Gins: Antonio Gohk Davis Toka: April Crawford

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Cultural Activities: Session 2 Beading: Kristen Dosela Pottery: Yolanda Stevens O’odham Language: Bryson Hall Gins: Antonio Gohk Davis Toka: April Crawford

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Dinner: Roasted Chicken Entertainment: Na Leo

7:00pm-10:30pm

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Workshop Schedule: Friday July 13, 2018 1:00pm – 1:45pm

WORKSHOP TITLE ROOM Intel: Let’s Create (24 student limit) Seeds of Life: It’s a Growing Process

Chadag

Kaikacu

GRICUA PowerTown Naksel Stressed Out (24 student limit)

Huapal

Financial Education: Your Money, Your Plan

Tadai

Can you see what I see?

Judum

When Thunder Roars… Mispoo Tri-University Chii Leadership – The Price of Greatness

Avee

Hands on CPR Shpaa 2:00pm – 2:45pm

WORKSHOP TITLE ROOM Intel: Let’s Create (24 student limit) Yes 2 Life: Brainstorming Session

Chadag

Kaikacu

Arizona Coyotes Naksel

Stressed Out Huapal Influence Your Life’s Journey

Farming Foods From Past to Present

Judum Tadai

Resilience Mispoo Tri-University Chii

Quality Over Quantity Avee GRIC K-12 Student Advisor Program

Shpaa

3:00pm – 3:45pm

WORKSHOP TITLE ROOM Intel: Let’s Create (24 student limit)

Chadag

AZ Indians into Medicine Public Health Workshop

Naksel

Yes 2 Life: Brainstorming Session

“Like” A career in healthcare! Influence Your Life’s Journey

Traditional Foods for Today’s Table

Kaikacu Huapal Judum Tadai

Resilience Mispoo Love Yourself: Self Acceptance + Body Positivity

Chii

College, Career and Life Beyond High School

Shpaa

Quality Over Quantity Avee

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Body & Spirit Workshop Descriptions & Schedule: Friday July 13, 2018 Presentation Title: 3 on 3 Basketball - Presenter: Kelly Whitman Presentation Title: Zumba - Presenter: Frances James Presentation Title: Golf Clinic - Presenter: Shawn Scott Presentation Title: Indigenous Foods - Presenter: Nephi Craig Presentation Title: O’odham Foods in the Wild - Presenter: Joyce Huges & Robert Johnson 2 SESSIONS back to back with 15 minute break in between 4:00pm – 4:45pm & 5:00pm – 5:45pm WORKSHOP ROOM

3 on 3 Basketball Indoors

Zumba General Session Stage Golf Clinic (25 max per session)

Meet at Entrance for Transport

O’odham Foods in the Wild

Tadai

Indigenous Cooking Class Avee

Cultural Workshop Descriptions & Schedule: Saturday July 14, 2018 Presentation Title: Brilliant Beading Presenter: Kristen Dosela Summary: Have you ever wanted to learn how to bead? Well by attending this presentation, you will learn just that! You will learn how to make your own beaded necklace or bracelet. Long ago our O’Odham men would voyage to the ocean to gather seashells for our women to make necklaces and wear them. As time went on the O’odham traded with settlers and other tribes, and one of the items traded were glass beads. Our women would add in the beads with the shells and make layered necklaces and bracelets. Come to this presentation and you will make your own to keep. Presentation Title: Traditional Stick Games Presenter: Antonio “Gohk” Davis Summary: Traditional Stick Games (Gins for males, Gami for females). These stick games would come out in the Fall during when it came time to harvest crops. The o’otham communities would come together to play after the work was done. The males would play Gins, which is very similar to “Monopoly” & “Sorry”. The women would play Gami this is similar to “Craps”. Learn the history, materials used for play, scoring, betting, and rules. Presentation Title: Calling All Females Presenter: April Crawford Summary: Thoka fundamentals training will be presented in a fun and hands on experience. You will learn how to hold a thoka stick (u’usaga), how to hit the game piece (ola), and how to use your body. We will play a scrimmage with your new found skills. We can’t wait to meet you! Hemako Ep Thoka Chichividam! Presentation Title: Clay Works: Traditional/Contemporary Presenter: Yolanda Hart Stevens Summary: View the difference between contemporary and traditional clay. Construct a small pot and have a better understanding of organic material.

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Cultural Workshop Descriptions & Schedule: Saturday July 14, 2018 Presentation Title: A Look At Shells Presenter: Tim Terry, Jr. Storyteller, Traditional/Contemporary Artist & Entrepreneur Summary of Presentation: The workshop will discuss the history of seashells in O’odham life. Participants will be shown the process of traditional seashell etching & tips on how to make seashell jewelry.

Presentation Title: What Am I Eating and Why Am I Eating This? Presenters: Lynn Lane & Talia Porter Tribal Health Department Summary: This session will take a look at the food you’re eating and identify why we eat the way we do through history. Participants will be lead on a food journey using the 5 senses. Presentation Title: Beaded Gourd Medallion Presenter: Cecil & Daisy Allison Summary: Blank hand crafted gourd medallions will be available for the youth to decorate during the first session of the Cultural workshop.During the second session of the cultural workshop, we will assist the youth in adding beads to the medallion to add their own special touch to the craftwork. Presentation Title: O’odham Ceremony Presenter: Bryson Hall Summary: Learn about the young men’s role in the salt pilgrimage.

2 SESSIONS back to back with 15 minute break in between 4:00pm – 4:45pm & 5:00pm – 5:45pm WORKSHOP TITLE ROOM Brilliant Beading Kaikacu O’odham Ceremony Huapal Beaded Gourd Medallion

Judum

Clay Works: Traditional/Contemporary

Mispoo

What am I eating and why am I eating this?

Chii

Traditional Stick Games Tadai

A Look At Shells Naksel Calling All Females: Toka

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Workshop Descriptions Presentation Title: Seeds of Life: It’s a Growing Process (1) Presenter: Alicia Ramirez, Bryan Bennett Summary: Different seeds are planted in our lives by choices we make. As the seasons change we realize that outside circumstances can impact those seeds but also strengthen our roots. Join us as we discuss our seeds in life and identify that sunshine of support we have to assist our growth. Presentation Title: GRICUA PowerTown (1) Presenter: Ed Todechine Summary: GRICUA’s PowerTown is a live safety demonstration. GRICUA Linemen teach how you can prevent injuries and death caused by electric shock. Presentation Title: Leadership – the Price of Greatness (1) Presenter: Bennett Smiley Jr. Summary: Slideshow + Discussion key “leadership” values in our Tribal Community. Key discussion on several leadership qualities and how to effectively utilize such qualities. Will provide several examples + mini quizzes for the participants so that they can learn by example. The presentation will be interactive for the participants. Presentation Title: Financial Education: Your Money, Your Plan (1) Presenter: Samuel Fuller Summary: If you have money from a Minors Trust Fund or if you will be earning money in the future, this presentation will give you some basic skills to learn how to manage your money wisely. Presentation Title: Hands Only CPR (1) Presenter: Grace Watson, EMT Summary: Teach assessment and compression techniques for adults in cardiac arrest. Presentation Title: Yes 2 Life: Brainstorming Session (2) Presenter: Aya Garton, Anna Pacheco Summary: Calling all teens who have a desire for suicide prevention and awareness: September is around the corner and we want to hear your ideas on promotion and awareness activities for “Suicide Prevention Awareness Month”. Let’s work together to reach teens across the community! Presentation Title: GRIC K-12 Student Advisor Program (1) Presenter: John Martin Rigsby, Terry Willis Summary: Ms. Terry and John-Martin will give an overview of the GRIC K-12 Student Advisor Program. The workshop will include topics to ensure success for all GRIC Native American Students included but not limited to, high school graduation requirements, academic success as well as events and programs! Presentation Title: Can you see what I see? (1) Presenter: Erin Havens, Optometrist Summary: Optical illusions are fun for everyone! They are also an excellent example of how our minds can trick us and mislead us into making unfair assumptions and judgments. If we are not careful, we

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Workshop Descriptions may also do this in daily life, which can lead us away from a peaceful existence. Join us as we have fun with optical illusions and learn how we all may see things a little differently from one another. Presentation Title: AZ Indians into Medicine Public Health Workshop (1) Presenter: Tashina Machain Summary: AZ INMED public health workshop will provide participants hands on workshops through Sun Safety and the prevention of vector mosquito’ borne illnesses. Gain information on how to pursue a health career, hear about summer programs and learn about the support services INMED has to offer through the UA. Presentation Title: College, Career and Life Beyond High School (1) Presenter: John Martin Rigsby, Terry Willis Summary: Ms. Terry and John-Martin provide information for students to be prepared for College, Careers and Life Beyond High School. We will talk about summer bridge programs, dual enrollment college courses and CTE programs to prepare you for the workforce. Presentation Title: “Like” A career in healthcare! (1) Presenter: Krystal Enas, Paul Molina Summary: Meet cool people who have cool careers and earn excellent pay! Doctors, Nurses, Digital Media Managers and more! Gila River Health Care will take you on a journey to discover your future. Presentation Title: Stressed Out (2) Presenter: Damara Lawshe; CHE , Richard Bracha; CHE Summary: Learn how to manage stress and other similar topics. There will be a stress ball activity and additional materials/resources will be given. Presentation Title: Resilience (2) Presenters: Chris Smith, Stephanie Davis, and Gale Rawson Summary: The participant will understand what resilience means in the context of the world around them. They will be able to define it in relationship to self, family, friends and Community. Presentation Title: When Thunder Roars.. (1) Presenter: Larry Hopper, Meteorolgist Summary: Do thunderstorms excite you? If so, come learn about how they form along with the haboobs, hail, flooding, and occasional tornadoes they cause! Brief introductions to the Arizona monsoon, how meteorologists forecast, and how you can become a meteorologist will be discussed! Presentation Title: Love Yourself: Self Acceptance + Body Positivity (1) Presenter: Autumn Cooper, Miss Gila River Summary: Focusing on the youth and encouraging them to love who they are and the body they are in and where they come from. they topics fall into self acceptance/image and bullying. Hear the youth stories of struggling with self love and help one another.

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Workshop Descriptions Presentation Title: Farming Foods From Past to Present (1) Presenters: Terry & Ramona Button Summary: The History of Ramona Farms Presentation Title: Traditional Foods for Today’s Table (Incorporating desert foods into popular recipes) Presenter: Velvet Button Summary: Desert Foods for Today’s Table

Presentation Title: Arizona Coyotes Making an Impacting on the Community Presenter: Olivia Matos, Executive Director Arizona Coyotes Foundation/Director of Community Relations Summary: Learn how the Arizona Coyotes Hockey Team utilizes their business and sport to help support communities in Arizona. We will discuss fundraising efforts as well as how the team utilizes its’ resources and assets to make a positive impact. Presentation Title: Quality Over Quantity (2) Presenter: Emily Perkins, RD; Taneesha Watson, Roland Enos, CSCS Summary: Start the new school year off right by tackling your health goals. Come learn more about nutrition and physical fitness. This session will include interactive activities on food labels, calories, portion control, and various modes of exercise. Presentation Title: Influence Your Life’s Journey (2) Presenter: Manuel J. Johnson Summary: Participants will explore ways to positively influence their life’s journey, deal with adversity, develop self confidence, set goals, and develop a plan to attain those goals. Participants will understand the importance of those who have come before us. Presentation Title: Tri-University (2) Presenter: Karen Feltz, Assistant Director Recruitment UofA ; Kyla Timmons Coordinator ASU Admissions ; Alex Hoyungow Coordinator NAU Summary: ASU, NAU, and the UA are coming together to ensure you and your family are well informed about the college opportunities and resources available to you. We have teamed up to host a join information session for students to discuss preparing for college, scholarships, and financial aid. Presentation Title: Intel- Let’s Create (3) Presenters: Jolene Begay, Anna Prakash, Theresa Niemeyer Summary: STEM is a hot topic because it’s everywhere! STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Today’s children in the U.S. have unlimited potential as tomorrow’s technology creators, innovators and leaders. To encourage students’ to consider careers in Technology, Engineering and Computer Science, these Intel employees will share their passion for creating with technology in mind through a hands on, interactive creation session.

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Keynote Speakers TIM TERRY JR., Traditional Artist Tim Terry is a member of the Gila River Indian Community and lives in the village of Hashan Kehk or District 2. He worked for the Community for over 23 years with the Alcohol & Drug Abuse Program as a Prevention Specialist & Traditional Counselor. He is also an artist, with his work on display at The Heard Museum, The Huhugam Heritage Center, Huhugam Ki Musuem, The Amerind Museum, The Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, The Whirlwind Golf Course & two of the three casinos owned and operated by the Gila River Indian Community. Tim has also demonstrated & sold his artwork at the Heard Museum Art Show, Santa Fe Indian Market, Tohono O’odham Cultural Center and Museum, Pueblo Grande Museum & Pueblo Grande Art Show, Desert Botanial Garden & Casa Grande Ruins. As a storyteller, he has shared many of his stories in the community, the Phoenix Metro area at museums, colleges, high schools & elementary schools, libraries & other organizations. His storytelling took him to Colorado State University in Boulder, Colorado & the Pueblo of Taos in New Mexico. He had the privilidge of illustrating the late Floyd Lewis’ book “The Foundered Mule”. Tim’s artwork has also been used for various past conferences, as well as logos for Gila River Tribal Programs. Tim has been honored to preform blessings, opening prayers, workshops & public speaking in the Community, in Arizona and other states. He is always honored to represent the Gila River Indian Community and share what knowledge he has, within reason, and will remember to keep the integrity of the Gila River Indian Community to the best of his ability. Tim was also the 1st President of the Akimel O’odham/Pee-Posh Youth Council, as well as a Youth Advocate. NEPHI CRAIG, Chef Chef Nephi Craig has 20 years culinary experience in America and around the world in London, Germany, Brazil and Japan. Nephi Craig is an enrolled member of the White Mountain Apache Tribe and is half Navajo. Chef Craig is also the founder of the Native American Culinary Association or NACA, an organization/network that is dedicated to the research, refinement, and development of Native American Cuisine. Chef Nephi Craig provides training, workshops and lecture sessions on Native American Cuisine to schools, restaurants, universities, and tribal entities from across America and abroad. Chef Craig recently served as Executive Chef of the Sunrise Park Resort Hotel. During Chef Craig’s nine-year tenure at Sunrise Park resort, Craig and his White Mountain Apache culinary team achieved many national and international benchmarks in establishing a culture of Indigenous Foods across the Americas. Executive Chef Nephi Craig is currently the Nutritional Recovery Program Coordinator & Executive Chef at the Rainbow Treatment Center and Café Gozhóó on the White Mountain Apache Tribe in Arizona. 15

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Keynote Speakers WELL FOR CULTURE WELL FOR CULTURE is an indigenous health initiative made up of an alliance of like-minded Indigenous people from many Nations who strive to lead healthy lifestyles. We recognize the importance of being physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually sound. We teach and promote healthy lifestyles, re- Indigenized food-ways, Indigenized fitness methods, and mental-spiritual connectedness because we strongly believe that strong tribal Nations are built by strong individuals. We encourage wellness amongst Native people in order to sustain, rebuild, and strengthen our communities. We are a continually evolving community, and we welcome all who wish to contribute. CHELSEY LUGER, Journalist, Well For Culture Co-Founder Chelsey Luger grew up in North Dakota. She studied global Indigenous history at Dartmouth College and digital media Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Chelsey is interested in proactive approaches to addressing health concerns amongst the people, and frequently highlights positive stories about strength and solidarity around Native country in her work as a journalist. She is passionate about motivating other youth to stay active in order to build the mental-physical-spiritual strength that comes with wellness and sobriety.

THOSH COLLINS, Photographer, Well For Culture Co-Founder Thosh Collins was raised in Salt River, Arizona. He works as a photographer and serves as a board member for the Native Wellness Institute. He draws strength and motivation from the spiritual cultural practices of our ancestral people, and recognizes the inherent physical durability embodied by them. Thosh uses this understanding as the basis to encourage all to “Indigenize� fitness and diet as he contributes to the growing wellness movement across Native America in a way that is holistic and culturally appropriate.

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Keynote Speakers ROBERT JOHNSTON, Journalist, Well For Culture Co-Founder Robert Johnston (Coach Rob) is a Muscogee Creek/Choctaw and comes from Mesa, Arizona. He is a coach, trainer, facilitator, and motivational speaker and has served indigenous communities throughout the world for over 15 years. He is a founding member of the Native Wellness Institute. He has trained youth leaders for NWI, UNITY, White Bison, and NCAI. His coaching style and techniques have been shared across the United States and New Zealand. In 2015 he received leadership awards from the Native American Basketball Invitational Foundation and the Arizona American Indian Excellence in Leadership. Robert heads the AZ Warrior Development Program and coached the 2015 and 2016 Gold Bracket NABI National championship team. Robert’s message is about wellness and healing at home, community, workplace and in sports.

Presentation “Walking Together In a Good Way” The impact of colonization has been huge. As we move away from traditional ways of value of community and inclusion is being lost. This generation can change that. It’s time to bring everyone into the circle. Communication + Unity = Community.

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In 1987, several young people in the Gila River Indian Community organized and formed the Akimel O’odham/Pee-Posh Youth Council out of concern for youth not being viewed as a high priority. The intent was to start a grass roots organization that would re-define youth and adult relationships by increasing the level of respect between the two. Establishing a voice inside the tribal structure and changing the relationships between the community and young people living in the community were identified as primary goals of the youth council. The youth council was chartered in 1988 under the laws of the Gila River Indian Community. The youth council developed its own bylaws, adopted a constitution and secured articles of incorporation. To date, the youth council is responsible for bringing issues to and working with district and tribal leadership. Youth Council members are planning and implementing ways to increase youth involvement in the community, such as the Gila River Close Up program which teaches high school students about tribal government. They are also managing community-wide programs like establishing Boys and Girls Clubs, Kids Voting, Suicide Awareness/Prevention, Annual Youth Conference, and much more. Many former Youth Council members have contributed back to their Community by serving on Tribal Council, serving as Governor, sitting on boards/committees, managing programs / departments, and sharing the culture with our members. Youth Council members training includes but is not limited to: parliamentary procedure, public speaking, tribal constitution, project management, suicide awareness, healthy relationships, nutrition, budget management, interpersonal communication, conflict resolution, physical wellness, culture, history of the community, teambuilding, professional etiquette, and networking. To find out more information you can visit our website www.gricyouthcouncil.org Follow us on Facebook to see current activities and projects at www.facebook.com/ gricyouthcouncil and on Instagram @aoppyc.

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The Akimel O’odham/Pee-Posh Youth Council

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Rawhide Event Center

5700 W. NORTH LOOP RD. CHANDLER, ARIZONA

30th Annual Gila River Youth Conference  

July 13 & 14, 2018 at Rawhide Event Center|| A two-day event for registered participants to learn valuable life skills. The event includes Y...

30th Annual Gila River Youth Conference  

July 13 & 14, 2018 at Rawhide Event Center|| A two-day event for registered participants to learn valuable life skills. The event includes Y...

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