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Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Region



Population of young children (under age 6)


Percentage of young children living in poverty

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The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, a sovereign tribe located 15 miles northeast of Phoenix, is one of 10 Arizona tribes that have chosen to be designated as its own First Things First region. The region has the same boundaries as the Salt River Reservation and covers about 85 square miles, entirely within Maricopa County, bordering the cities of Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa and Fountain Hills. The Community is home to the Pima (“Akimel O’Odham,” River People) and the Maricopa (“Xalychidom Pipaash,” People who live toward the water).


The Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community Regional Partnership Council makes strategic investments to support the healthy development and learning of the young children in the region. The regional council’s priorities include:

  • Summer transition to kindergarten programs
  • Supporting early learning providers in promoting healthy social-emotional development
  • Strengthening families through family resource centers and parenting education

First Things First Staff

Karen Yearwood

Sr. Director, Maricopa Regional Area


Darlene Vinarskai

Regional Director, Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community


Caitlyn Hollins

Administrative Assistant III - Maricopa Region


Jennifer Pike

Administrative Assistant II - SE Maricopa & Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community


Regional Office

1839 S Alma School Rd, Ste 100
Mesa, AZ 85210

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