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Tohono O’odham Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Sexual Abuses

February 11, 2021

TUCSON, Ariz. – On Tuesday, Isaiah Joseph Rios, 22, of Sells, Arizona, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jennifer G. Zipps to concurrent terms of 121 months and 120 months in prison. Rios previously pleaded guilty on November 22, 2019 to one count of Abusive Sexual Contact and one count of Sexual Abuse involving minors. Following his release from federal prison, Rios will be placed on lifetime federal supervision and will be required to register as a sex offender.

In October of 2016, Rios, then 18 years of age, forcibly fondled a minor without her consent. In March of 2017, Rios forcibly fondled another minor and then engaged in a sexual act, all without her consent. The victims reported the assaults in August 2017. Rios is an enrolled member of the Tohono O’odham Nation.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Tohono O’odham Police Department conducted the investigation in this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Micah Schmit, District of Arizona, Tucson, handled the prosecution.

CASE NUMBER:            CR-18-2416-TUC-JGZ
RELEASE NUMBER:    2021-005_Rios


Categories Local

New job opening at HHCC

February 11, 2021

Lolma. There is a new position open at the Hopi Health Care Center for a Contact Representative. It appears this position is being re-advertisement to solicit more applicants.


The Contact Representative position is located at the Hopi Health Care Center in Polacca, AZ. This position serves as a liaison and resource between the inpatient, outpatient and Emergency Departments, patients, families, visitors, and others, in support of the patient’s interests, and works with supervisors and managers to resolve potential problems and/or customer service complaints. The incumbent will report to the Chief Executive Officer.

  • Serves as the primary point of contact to prevent, minimize, or resolve customer service complaints, seeks solutions for unresolved needs and to find better outcomes as the patient, families, and others navigate through the IHS health care delivery system.
  • Ensures patients are aware of their rights, distributing and explaining the provisions of the “Patient Bill of Rights,” and supporting their interests if violations of those principles occur.
  • Provides information to patients of their benefits, privileges, obligations or rights as patients.
  • Receives complaints from patients, their families or others regarding hospital care and other services provided. Determines if complaint or issue has been discussed with medical providers or others involved.
  • Works closely with the medical and nursing staff to coordinate discharge planning activities, explaining to patients when necessary, the continuing treatment required and local resources available upon their return home.
  • Develops and maintains a sound working relationship/liaison with community resources to expedite maximum utilization of existing resources via the referral process.

Link to job opening

Categories Education

Today is International Day of Women and Girls in Science

February 11, 2021

Lolma, hope you all had a productive and safe day. Sorry for the late post as we all know some terrific Women and Gils in science. Be sure and let them know how awesome they are on this special day.

Some notable female Hopi Scientists

Some notable female Navajo Scientists

  • Dr. Karletta Chief
  • The many Navajo Clinical Laboratory Scientists
  • The many Navajo Science Educators

#HopiWomenScientists #WomeninScience #WomeninSTEM #HopiPhD