On June 7, Arizona Senator, Carlyle Begay (center) congratulated the new San Carlos Apache Youth Council officers (left to right) Tamara Pechuli (Public Relations), Kaylene Pechuli (Treasurer), Miriam May (Secretary) and Miss San Carlos Apache, Ashlee Ganilla (Public Relations), Kasheena Harris (President) and Shandel Mariano (Vice-President) after the Inaugural ceremonies held at the Rice School Gymnasium.
San Carlos — On Saturday, June 7, under the direction of outgoing president, John Pechuli, members of the San Carlos Apache Youth Council (SCAYC) gathered at the San Carlos Rice School Gymnasium for the inaugural ceremonies to swear in new officers for the year 2014-15.
The Mistress of Ceremonies for the event was Desirae Rambler, former SCAYC officer. She introduced Miss San Carlos Apache, Miriam May, who provided the opening prayer followed by the posting of colors by the San Carlos Apache Veteran’s Association.
Miss Indian Fort Thomas, Juanita Stanley, sang the national anthem in her native San Carlos Apache language.
The welcome address was given by Tribal Chairman, Terry Rambler. He said, “Thank you and good evening everyone. We should be very excited for our youth — our leaders of tomorrow.
“I’m happy and humbled to be here. The members of the San Carlos Apache Tribal Council have been working to help our youth.
“The San Carlos Training Institute, in the past year has had 300 tribal members participate in this training program. There are 70 tribal employees that just started working as of last week through their training that they received in five areas. In the next five years, we are building our water reservoirs to provide better services for you which will employ many of our tribal members.
“We are working with the Eastern Arizona College and Arizona State University as we are working on building our own Apache College. We are looking at starting our own college and the reason for that is we want to prepare our tribal members for the jobs that will become available.
“We have the new hospital that’s coming up and they are looking at staffing 485 employees and we need to prepare our children.
We need Apaches to be filling these jobs on our own Apache reservation. We need health care professionals and there will be housing available for them.”
“Our students are attending schools in the San Carlos Unified School District, the Fort Thomas Unified School, the Globe Unified School District and the Miami Unified School District. We need our own Apache teachers within our communities and at the new elementary school in the Bylas community. We want to encourage and support our tribal members that are seeking higher education and encourage them to teach here at home. We want to bring the education and training to them—at their doorsteps.”
“The tribe is working on their water infrastructure and we are working on the development at the Black River.”
“We are working on the return of our Apache language and the Apache College will play a big role in that. Through Eastern Arizona College, our tribal members can get their accreditation but with our own Apache College, we can also get our own accreditation that will go towards credits at other universities.”
“We can have our own Apache All Star Basketball Team and we can play other junior colleges. It can happen.”
“We have a meeting with ASU for an agreement signing ceremony. ASU will be sponsoring, through the Boys and Girls Club, one week of sports camp. ASU will also help us develop leadership training and work with our Youth Council and they will have a campus here to train in areas of health and elementary education. The Summer Bridge Program will involve the Youth Council and they will learn leadership skills while learning about their tribal leadership. They are our future leaders and we must do what we can to help them. I appreciate them for their countless hours of dedication and volunteer towards working to help our tribal government.”
“I’m happy to be here and I’m asking the SCAYC President to excuse me for another engagement,” concluded Chairman Rambler.
Sally Hooke, the SCAYC Lead Advisor, then addressed those in attendance. She said, “Thank you for your presence, it shows you are supporting our youth and it means so much. The SCAYC began in the late 1980s as Youth Helping Youth with the help of Sandra Yellowhawk, Bob Cassa and Gerald Kenton. In 2010, Mary Kim Titla reorganized it. I ask that you support and encourage our young people. Have you ever wondered about their future?”
“There is alcohol, drugs, meth, teen pregnancy and the list goes on and the youth here are trying to make a difference. They attend workshops and training seminars to help and they are active members. They have done some clean up activities and assisted the tribal administration because they care about the future of our people. They are young and intelligent and wise tribal members and are part of a select group and please remember them in your prayers.”
The special guest was Arizona Senator, Carlyle Begay.