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Sistine Lewis Presents for Casa Grande Ruins Speaker Series November 16, 2022

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Date: November 7, 2022
Contact: Dave Carney, 520-723-3172

COOLIDGE, AZ – The Casa Grande Ruins Speaker Series takes place weekly through January 18, 2023. On November 16, 2022 Casa Grande Ruins will host Sistine Lewis at 1:00 pm.  Sistine will present "O'odham Dresses through the Decades". The speaker series will continue every Wednesday at 1:00 pm through January 18. 
Sistine Lewis, is the daughter of Cecilia Andrews and the Late Knute Lewis. Sistine is a member of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and this years' Miss Indian Arizona 2022-2023. She is the 4th woman from her community to hold this title as she now represents all 22 federally recognized tribes across the state. As Miss Indian Arizona her platform is: Promoting Culture amongst the youth, "our youth are next generation, and I would love to connect with youth on and off the reservation involved with their cultures".  

Sistine is currently attending Scottsdale Community College in the Honors Program where she is majoring in Nursing to become a future Labor and Delivery nurse, to help welcome newborn babies while also providing a safe environment for mothers.  

Sistine will be sharing the history of O'odham dresses and how they've evolved through time. There will also be in-person visualization of the unique collection of O'odham traditional dresses.  

The Speaker Series is funded by the Friends of Casa Grande Ruins National Monument ( with additional support from Arizona Humanities ( The program begins at 1:00 pm in the Casa Grande Ruins visitor center theater at 1100 W Ruins Drive, Coolidge AZ, 85128. There is no fee for the program, and entrance is free at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument.  

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument protects the multi-story Great House (Casa Grande) and the remnants of other ancient structures built by the Ancestral Sonoran Desert People over 800 years ago. Established as the nation’s first federal prehistoric and cultural reserve in 1892, the Ruins sparked the beginning of the archeological preservation movement in America.  The monument is open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Independence Day holidays. Directions and additional information are available on the monument’s website, You may call (520) 723-3172, or follow us on Facebook by searching for Casa Grande Ruins National Monument. 


Last updated: November 7, 2022

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