Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community is a sovereign tribe located in metropolitan Phoenix. Established in 1879, the community is bounded by the cities of Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa and Fountain Hills, and encompasses 52,600 acres, including 19,000 square miles of natural preserve. Distinct backgrounds and cultures from two Native American tribes are represented in the community: the Pima, “Akimel O’Odham”, or River People and the Maricopa, “Piipaash” or People Who Live toward the Water.
“As Pima and Maricopa people, we believe in improving and preserving the quality of life for our members and to help our surrounding neighbors,” said Levi Long, a Media Relations Specialist for SRP-MIC. “We embrace the wisdom and guidance of our ancestors and honor their legacy with a commitment toward promoting worthwhile endeavors that improve the lives of all people.”
SRP-MIC’s history of generosity with the Maricopa Community Colleges Foundation is extensive: it supports students scholarships for ACE (Achieving a College Education), scholarships for international education at Scottsdale Community College to enable a diverse group of students to study aboriginal cultures abroad, and Hoop of Education, a program that offers the opportunity to earn college credit for Native American high school students.
“Our community has made education a top priority for our people,” Long said. “We believe that education can serve as the foundation for promoting self sufficiency among our people. Through education we can also promote life-long learning opportunities which can help preserve our traditional way of life while also ensuring the needs for future generations.”