"To assist San Xavier Allottees to preserve, improve their land and to educate them on water rights, environmental protection, and economic development."
Mr. Adam Andrews served as our San Xavier Allottee Association, Inc. Board of Directors President from 2020 to the present. With his leadership, the SXAA has transformed into the organization of today. As a community member, district council finance committee member, and as an alternate representative to the TO Legislative Council. He also served as vice president for the San Xavier Cooperative Association Board; and as a professor at TOCC teaching O'odham history, language and government.
You are welcome to share a thought, a note, or simply your name letting us know you recognized his accomplishments and his commitment to the community of San Xavier.
With close to 250 in attendance, the 2023 SXAA Annual Conference at the Desert Diamond Casino - Sahuarita's Grand Ballroom is now one for the history books. Several months of planning on behalf of the SXAA Staff and Board of Directors came together for the purpose of educating, discussing critical business and saying 'hello' to friends and others who you may not have seen for some time due to COVID, turned out to be an enjoyable and informative experience for all attendees.
During the Annual SXAA Meeting (Saturday, Jan. 20th, 2018) an update was given on the status of the current lease, the farm extension and farm production. From the SXCA, Adam Andrews, the Administrative Manager, and Cie'na Schaefli, the Interim Farm Manager, informed allottees of the Rehab Farm 5-Year land lease is complete and currently pending the Bureau of Indian Affairs' (BIA) approval. A long term land lease which includes the Rehab Farm as well as the land extension is currently being discussed between Board of Directors and Legal. SXCA Management included updates on the Farm Extension design: the Central Pivot Irrigation with a Hydraulic Powered H&L System, the Papago Road Exit for ideal distribution of wholesale hay, & the Stabilization of the Bank to prevent erosion. There has also been a yield increase by 20%, along with the plan to diversify crops to increase revenue as well as marketability. In addition to increasing revenue on the farm the Coop received funds to facilitate a grain and bean milling facility. The USDA development grant funded a cold storage facility which increases the quality of the produce and extends their shelf-life.
Meetings were held with the San Xavier Allottees Assocation, District, and later with ASARCO to discuss proposals for 1) the North Expansion (NE) located in North Pit/Tract I area and surrounding allottments (The Tract 1 mining lease ended in 2005.); and 2) the Northwest Pushback in Tract II. ASARCO Presented at the meeting.
Information, questions/issues at the above mentioned meetings include: estimates on ore reserve and National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) process for the NE lease, type of lease, the role of the San Xavier District and the District's development review process, permit for a walk-on NE allotments for cultural resources and biological assessment.
The San Xavier Allottees Association held a meeting with Asarco Tract II landowners on 9/30 and conducted a poll on whether to negotiate with Asarco for certain amendments to the 2008 Mission Mine Settlement Agreement to facilitate mining the Northward Pushback in the San Xavier South Pit. A ballot was dispersed and collected by the SXAA regarding the Northward Pushback in Tract II. The majority of the votes received were in favor of the SXAA's Negotiation Team to move forward in negotiation with ASARCO.
Ms. Lucinda Nuñez, President
Mr. Anthony Rios, Vice President
Mr. Philbert Bailey, Treasurer
Ms. Joella Burrell, Secretary
Ms. Nadine Montana, Board Member
Mrs. Shanda Burrell-Parley, Board Member
Mr. Gabriel Encinas, Board Member
325 E Vamori St, Tucson, AZ 85756, US
Office Phone: (520) 807-2121 CallToll Free: 1-855-807-2121
08:00 am – 05:00 pm
Save The Date!!!
April 22, 2023, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
San Xavier Cooperative Authority, Inc.
For our O'odham Youth between the ages of 13 and
18 yrs. to experience a fun-filled day on a farm with speakers and interactive events to learn and understand more about land and water rights.