Board of Supervisors Recognizes Susan, Ellison, and Dorman

ellison-1The Gila County Board of Supervisors honored Ashley Nailihn Susan, 2016 Miss Native American USA; and 2016 Rio Summer Olympic Medalists Brady Ellison and Sam Dorman at their regular meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Susan says that winning the title is truly a dream come true and she looks forward to learning more about the issues and concerns of Native American Communities across the nation. Susan is a member of the White Mountain Apache and Walker River Paiute Tribes. One of the districts of the White Mountain Apache Tribe is located in Gila County.

Ellison won his first individual medal, a bronze, at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Ellison, a three-time olympian, and the US Men’s Archery team also earned their second straight silver medal at this summer’s games. Ellison was born in Globe and lives in Globe with his wife Toja. Ellison’s family, including his father and grandfather (pictured top right) were on hand to accept the recognition from the board.

dormanDorman, along with his diving partner Michael Hixon, won a silver medal in the three meter springboard synchronized event. Dorman is the grandson of former Gila County Supervisor Adolph “Fito” Trujillo and Patricia Trujillo, formerly of Globe-Miami. Dorman attends the University of Miami in Florida where he is studying mechanical engineering. Dorman’s family, including his father and grandfather (pictured at left) received the honor from the board on his behalf.  

“It’s an excellent opportunity to let kids know that anything is possible,” said District One Supervisor Tommie Martin on drawing attention to the accomplishments of the three young people. “These are fellow Gila County-ites that have no more advantages or disadvantages and have gone on to these high levels. It’s well worth shooting for whoever you are, at whichever school you’re at. To me, that’s an important message to share.”