Culture Program

About the Culture Program

The Akimel O'odham and Pee Posh Culture Program and the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC) recognize the endangerment of Language loss, and the need to revitalize and preserve the Akimel O'odham and Pee Posh 'Way of Life' and Language; has admirably supported this revitalization endeavor through the Tribal Education Department in the GRIC Schools. In order to give the best quality and quantity of services, the Culture Program is:

  • Working with the Education Culture Committee that is comprised of the Culture Teachers from the local GRIC schools to gather the appropriate teaching materials and develop a curriculum.
  • In 2011 the GRIC Education Culture Committee hosted a Culture Gathering in District On. Culture Teachers from Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community, Ak-Chin Indian Community, Tohono O'odham Nation and Community elders from all seven districts shared in the common goal of culture and language revitalization.
  • Arizona State Board of Education has opened us the Rule Making for R-7 -2 -614 -J for the Native American Language Teaching Certificate for those teachers who are quaified to teach the language but who do not meet the requirement for the Elementary and Secondary Teaching Certificates. If the new rule is approved, it will take effect immediately and GRIC Culture Teachers may be certified.
  • Provide GRIC Culture teachers with Professional Development through the University of Arizona American Indian Language Development Institute (AILDI).

Phone: (520) 562-3662 
Fax: (520) 562-2924