By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: Fort Mojave Indian Tribe (Information):
Mohave Valley, Arizona: The Fort Mojave Indian Tribe held a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 for a new convenience store and fuel station at 12:00 p.m. MT on the corner of Courtwright Road and Arizona State Route 95.
ZachNews broadcast live on Facebook the groundbreaking ceremony for the new convenience store and fuel station.
The groundbreaking ceremony Fort Mojave Tribal Band preformed our National Anthem, followed by a prayer by fourth grade students from the Anya Itpak Elementary School.
Fort Mojave Indian Tribe Chairman Timothy Williams welcomed all of the people who attended the groundbreaking ceremony.
In attendance were members of the Fort Mojave Tribal Council, Fort Mojave Tribal Band, Needles City Mayor Jeff Williams, Vice Needles Mayor Edward T. Paget, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels, Needles City Director Of Development Services Patrick Martinez, Needles Board of Public Utilities Terry Campbell and firefighters from the Mohave Valley Fire Department and officers from the Fort Mohave Tribal Police Department.
Fort Mojave Indian Tribe Chairman Timothy Williams spoke to the crowd about this project and what this means for the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe.
“This is a development that we are following right along out master plan as we have with the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe. We are working diligently and we have been for quite some time to make sure that we are not domestically dependent on anybody and so we can create our destiny as a tribe. We can make our own discussions and there’s nobody who can stop us,” said Fort Mojave Indian Tribe Chairman Timothy Williams.
Fort Mojave Indian Tribe Chairman Timothy Williams continued; pointed at the direction of the newly completed Fort Mojave Wellness Center, Anya Itpak Elementary School and Pipa Aha Macav Cultural Center, saying, “All thoughts buildings over there, there was no state and no federal funding, so like I said there’s nobody who can stop us from the decisions that we need to make, for the needs of our membership and to continue to prove fulfill those needs. As you can see right here, these kids are the benefit of that; there able to go to school, good breakfast, good meals, good exercise, good everything; and we once again through economic development, through our master planning, through our financial competency now, we are able to do all these things,” said Fort Mojave Indian Tribe Chairman Timothy Williams.
Fort Mojave Indian Tribe Chairman Timothy Williams thanked the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe Public Relations Department for setting everything up for the groundbreaking ceremony.
Fort Mojave Indian Tribe Chairman Timothy Williams then thanked everybody involved in the construction of the convenience store and fuel station; including Wayne Nelson who Fort Mojave Indian Tribe Chairman Timothy Williams said has been the planner for every one of the buildings built, and is the planner for this building project; and A.R. Mays Construction who Fort Mojave Indian Tribe Chairman Timothy Williams thanked and said they’re going to do another building for us and that they have done every building for us; and the architect for the project, which Fort Mojave Indian Tribe Chairman Timothy Williams said “we’re doing good things here,”
Fort Mojave Indian Tribe Chairman Timothy Williams thanked the Avi Resort and Casino in Laughlin, Nevada, saying “One thing leads to another; the more business that we do, the more things that we have the opportunity to do here in Fort Mojave.”
Fort Mojave Indian Tribe Chairman Timothy Williams then welcomed up Bird Singers and Fort Mojave Indian Tribe Royalty to sing, and invited people to dance.
“When we do these types of projects, its not just one council, its many councils before us and there’s going to be many councils after us. So we like to have as many of us in these pictures because it’s part of our history; it’s going to be part of us from now until whenever,” said Fort Mojave Indian Tribe Chairman Timothy Williams.
Fort Mojave Indian Tribe Chairman Timothy Williams along with members of the Fort Mojave Tribal Council and fourth grade students from the Anya Itpak Elementary School all came up to turn over the dirt, breaking ground and starting work on the new convenience store and fuel station.
Fort Mojave Indian Tribe Chairman Timothy Williams thanked everybody who came out to the groundbreaking ceremony, and said, “This should be open – looks like, right towards the end of the summer – alright moving towards the end of the summer and early fall; that’s when this facility should be open. The trucks are going to start today, and we’re not going to stop until its open.”
Afterwards, everybody got to enjoy hot dogs, chips and drinks thanks to the Avi Resort and Casino in Laughlin, Nevada.
According to the press release from the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe, the 5,750 square foot store will have 8 fueling positions and thousands of snack, beverage and food options available for any appetite.
The 24 hour convenience store will also include a separate Smokeshop stocked with a variety of tobacco products and a gaming area planned with up to fifteen slot machines.
The new convenience store and fuel station is expected to open for business in September 2020.