Gila River Indian Community Earth Day Celebration

Gila River Indian Community Earth Day 2019


This year’s Earth Day Celebration marked its 49th anniversary. Since 1998, GRIC DEQ has hosted an Earth Day event within the Community to enhance environmental awareness and stewardship with the support of the Community, USEPA, Neighboring Tribes, Tribal Consortia, Universities, Non-Profits, and other partners. While the event is usually held at the Mathew B. Juan/Ira H. Hayes Veterans Memorial Park in Sacaton, AZ, this year’s event was held at Rawhide Western Town and Event Center in Chandler, AZ. The Riverwalk Lawn at Rawhide provided much needed space for DEQ, participants, and informational booths.


Organizations were encouraged to set up eco-friendly booths that promote environmental stewardship and provide interactive engagement for all participants. 

GIla River DEQ also invited schools to participate in the 2019 Earth Day Celebration. We would like to thank the booth participants as well as the schools for coming out to our event. 



Earth Day is Every Day in the Gila River Indian Community 


Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated on April 22, on which events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. It was first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 192 countries each year.


The fight for a clean environment continues in an atmosphere of increasing urgency as the ravages of climate change become more evident every day. For a number of years, the Community’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has celebrated Earth Day to raise public awareness about environmental issues locally, nationally, and globally. We invite you to be a part of Earth Day and learn what the various Community departments and programs are doing to protect the Community’s resources. Please help us achieve more victories so we can build a clean, healthy, and safe environment for generations to come.