Alongside city leaders and school board members, the Ak-Chin Tribal Council leaders took the stage at Maricopa’s City Council Meeting May 10 to announce a donation of $10 million from the Ak-Chin Indian Community to the city.

The Maricopa Unified School District will receive $2.6 million from the donation while the other $7.4 will be contributed to the maintenance and operations of the city’s multi-generational center, the Copper Sky Recreational Complex.

“This is not the 12 percent gaming money required by the (proposition); this is [Ak-Chin’s] own personal investment, and they are making an investment in the City of Maricopa,” said Mayor of Maricopa Christian Price.

The tribe will work with the city in overseeing how the money is spent.

While the council was aware of the donation beforehand, the crowd was caught by surprise, leading to applause and cheering at the announcement.

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