Our Logo and It’s Meaning

In 1988, the Articles of Incorporation, the Bylaws that help govern the Akimel O’odham/Pee-Posh Youth Council, Inc. were adopted. The following year the official logo for the Akimel O’odham/Pee-Posh Youth Council was designed and drawn by Timothy H. Terry, Jr., First President of the Akimel O’odham/Pee-Posh Youth Council. The symbols used in this logo represent the idea’s upon which the Akimel O’odham/Pee-Posh Youth Council is based.


The seven feathers represent the seven districts of the Gila River Indian Community. The calendar stick reflects Pima (Akimel O’odham) history and the symbols on the calendar stick represent the different aspects of the Gila River Indian Community.




The First: is meant to represent the water, symbolizing the Gila River that once flowed through our community and was the bloodline to our culture.


The Second: is a cactus which represents the desert land from which our people are located, also the traditional name of District #2 Hashen Khek (Cactus Standing).


The Third: is grass which represents Sacaton grass which symbolizes Sacaton, the Tribal Headquarters.



The Fourth: is the Sleeping Giant (Hasak or Ho-ok) and is referred to all of our legends and stories.


The Fifth: a snake representing Snaketown, symbolizing the Hu-Hu-Kam people – ancestors of the Pima (Akimel O’odham).



The Sixth: a cross representing the various church and religious organizations in our community.


The Seventh: a butterfly symbolizing the Maricopa (Pee-Posh) people of District #7.



The Eighth: is the Sun and Moon which is Pima (Akimel O’odham) legends representing Male (Sun) and Female (Moon).