Call for Award Nominations

Focus: Call for Award Nominations

JULY 17, 2019

Help CIIC recognize distinguished organizations, individuals, projects
Construction In Indian Country calls for award nominations

TEMPE, AZ – Construction In Indian Country (CIIC) is calling for nominations of distinguished projects, individuals and teams to be recognized and honored by industry leaders at the CIIC 2019 National Conference, Achievement Awards Banquet on November 7, 2019 at Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Events Center.

This will be the second annual awards banquet intended to highlight outstanding Native American-owned firms, construction projects completed in Indian country, and organizations or corporations that have substantially contributed to the enhancement of Tribal communities

The new CIIC board president, Bob Roessel said the awards nominations “raised the bar” for their national conference. “In 2018, we held the inaugural Achievement Awards banquet. We recognized projects that directly serves tribal communities,” he explained.

There are four main award categories: Outstanding Community Enrichment, Outstanding Construction, Outstanding Design & Planning. and the Lasting Impact Legacy Award. Nominations can be submitted by individuals or organizations and are open until August 30, 2019.

Roessel hopes to see many nominations this year due to the great work being done in Indian County, “We encourage the entire industry to submit nominations and acknowledge the extraordinary projects in Indian country.”

Nomination forms can be obtained on the website at or by calling CIIC Front Desk at (480) 727-3105. Tickets to the event can be purchased online at


Construction in Indian Country Achievement Awards is being organized by CIIC with support from industry and organizational leaders from the CIIC Executive Committee, the CIIC Awards Selection Committee and our Industry Partners. The Mission of Construction in Indian Country is to support construction management education to benefit American Indian and Indigenous communities as they increase their capacities to manage their own affairs while determining their own destinies.

Our Vision is that all Indigenous communities shall have the technical capabilities and personnel to manage construction activities at industry-best standards. CIIC believes in promoting quality construction and construction management to industry-best standards while acknowledging and honoring the reestablishment or maintenance of tribal specific construction practices and cultures. For further information, contact Marcus Denetdale, Program Manager, Construction in Indian Country, ASU.

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Council Approves Education Departments Proposal to Work with Arizona State University on Three Grant Projects.

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Council Approves Education Departments Proposal to Work with Arizona State University
on Three Grant Projects.

July 12, 2019

Contact: Mrs. Ina S. Salter, Desk: 928.475.1606

San Carlos Apache Reservation – By Resolution No. JN-19-108 the San Carlos Council
approved an agreement between the Arizona Board of Regents for and on behalf of Arizona
State University and the Tribe related to the Success in Indian Education: Pathways Project,
Construction in Indian Country Assistance Program, and the One People-One Nation Apache
Language Project.
In presenting the three agreements, the San Carlos Education Director. Ms. Flora Talas,
“The STEP: Pathways Conference will provide a launching point for ASU’s partnership
with the San Carlos Apache Community. The conference will entail college and career readiness
workshops and interaction with current Arizona State University students, alumni, and
community members. The workshops will inform students and their parents about the support they will receive while attending the university. Following the conference, the Tribe plans to
continue to work with Arizona State University and the local schools so our junior high and
high school students have more opportunities to identify professional and technical careers
that are of interest to them, while academically preparing them for their chosen career,
building resilience so they overcome the challenges they will face, and providing college
and career planning.“ Ms. Talas emphasized “the goal of Success Through Education:
Pathways is to prepare San Carlos Apache students so they master the Arizona Academic
Standards; are prepared for, enroll, and succeed in postsecondary educational programs;
and apply their learning both in their studies and to everyday life so they are personally
and academically prepared for the 21st century.” Success Through Education: Pathways is a
four year grant funded by the US Department of Education,
ASU’s Construction in Indian Country Program (CIIC) will assist the San Carlos
Housing Authority (SCHA) housing revitalization projects. With assistance from students and
professors from the School of Del E. Webb Construction Management and CIIC’s network of
industry partners and professionals the program will provide informative construction sessions,
construction projects management workshops, and training sessions for key projects personnel,
community members, students, and invited guests. The purpose is to promote, recruit and train
Tribal members who are interested in working in the construction industry and construction
projects management on tribal lands and in the San Carlos Apache Tribal Community.
The third project presented by Ms. Talas was the One People-One Nation Apache
Language Project. The San Carlos Apache Tribe received a grant from the US Department of Education to implement this three-year initiative. The goal is to develop Apache Language
proficiency among the San Carlos Indian students in grades pre K to Grade Four (4) that will
lead to enhancement of the Apache culture in everyday life.
One People – One Nation incorporates the development of assessments and an exciting
curriculum and teacher recruitment and training, Although the program initially focuses on
grades PreK to grade 4, as the school-based instruction is developed, the project will provide
learning opportunities to students at the Middle and High school levels.
In addition, One People-One Nation will work with its partners to provide activity-based
learning opportunities in the community so students are immersed in the Apache Language. This
can include students developing programming, materials, and resources that are then used in
projects associated activities.
Chairman Terry Rambler said
“The council finds that the proposed addition will greatly enhance the understanding
between the Tribe and ASU by better serving the community’s interest. The Council extends the
appreciation of the Tribe to the President of ASU and the Arizona Board of Regents for their
invaluable assistance provided to the Tribe the agreement.”
The Executive Director of the Tribes Education Department will provide regular updates
as to the progress of each grant. If you have any questions regarding the three projects, please
contact the Education Director Flora Talas at (928) 473-2336.