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Chairman Terry Rambler and Vice Chairman John Bush hold the symbolic scissors while Miss San Carlos Desirae Rambler cuts the ribbon during the Grand Opening of the Apache Market Place.
San Carlos — Under the direction of the Seven Mile Wash District Councilmembers, Bernadette Goode and Mitchell Hoffman, the grand opening of the Apache Market Place attracted hundreds of tribal members from all four districts on Monday, Nov. 5 in downtown San Carlos, Ariz.
Diedre Antonio, former Miss San Carlos and a member of the Seven Mile Wash District, eloquently opened the festive event by singing the National Anthem in the San Carlos Apache language and bringing tears to some tribal members.
Joining the Seven Mile Wash District Councilmembers were Tribal Chairman, Terry Rambler, Vice-Chairman, Dr. John Bush and various members of the San Carlos Apache Tribal Council and Miss San Carlos Apache 2011-2012, Desirae Rambler, who appeased the crowd by singing a traditional Apache song and assisting with handing out gifts. Prizes included VIP tickets to the Tracy Lawrence concert, a large screen television, Apple Products and various other gifts.
A special moment was taken to present plaques to the families of the late Leroy Polk, Sr. and Gerald Natsyn, former board members who helped plan for the establishment of the Apache Market Place.
Recognition was also given to Terry Jones, General Manager for the San Carlos Apache Tribe, Tolbert Massey, Apache Market Place Manager and the members of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, through their coordinated effort in making this establishment come to fruition.
“We are thankful for everyone who took part in helping make this day possible,” pointed out Bernadette Goode, Seven Mile Wash District Councilwoman.
“There are so many people to thank, but most of all, we give thanks to our Heavenly Father, for listening to our prayers and helping us throughout this whole time.
“Also, thank you especially to the members of our Seven Mile Wash District for being patient with us while we were working hard to open the Apache Market Place. It is for everyone, not just for our district members, but the store is open to everyone to come and utilize it.
“This place was once a service station but it has been closed down for some time. But today, we celebrate the opening of our Apache Market Place, which is an economic development enterprise owned and operated by our Seven Mile Wash District. Thank you all for coming and celebrating with us today,” concluded Councilwoman Goode.
Mitchell Hoffman added, “I cannot express the words to thank all those who made this day possible. This is such a special and memorable moment for us. I have had some district members tell me how hard it is for them to travel to Peridot or even to Globe to buy some groceries and other items.
Now, this Apache Market Place is within walking distance and it will be easier for them to shop for what they need at home.
“I am so glad and happy that we had the cooperation and help from the Board and from the Tribal Council and Chairman Terry Rambler and Vice-Chairman John Bush for their assistance.
“Nantac Construction came in and helped with the construction and now we have 18 employees that will be working here.
“The store will have an ATM machine here and also WI-FI for the public.
“We also have a laundry section with washers and dryers at a low rate.”
“The service station will provide oil changes and have tires for sales and do tire repairs.”
“Please stop by and have a meal here at our deli, enjoy yourselves while visiting our Apache Market Place and we welcome you all,” concluded Councilman Hoffman.