Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community builds a Marriott hotel

This is interesting news and I especially like the part about the tribal government doing its best to ensure that this tribal initiative employs Indian people.

According to Indian Country Today, "There are 3,700 Marriott-branded lodging facilities around the world, but one of the newest — Courtyard by Marriott/Scottsdale Salt River — brings two distinctions that none of the other sites can claim.

The newly-dedicated four-story, 158-room, $22 million Arizona hotel has the distinction of being the first Marriott facility built on U.S. tribal land — the 56,000-acre Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community — and is also unique in being the first location in the world’s third-largest hotel company built to LEED Volume Certification to reduce waste and conserve energy.

The facility was dedicated June 5 in a ceremony that began with a blessing from SRPMIC Councilman Tom Largo on behalf of his tribe and Salt River Devco, the community’s development enterprise responsible for the non-casino hotel. . . .

The economic impact of the lodging facility was evident even before the doors were open. “The community is committed to a policy of Indian preference and we stuck to that, actively hiring 15-20% of our workforce from native populations,” according to Salt River Devco President Vince Lujan. “We also used tribally-owned enterprises for materials and specialty construction needs."

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One Response to Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community builds a Marriott hotel

  1. Sunshine says:

    We are asking for your help to spread the word. If many voices come together maybe we can help bring about change. Let the Great Sioux Nation keep their heart.

    Pe Sla, also called ‘Old Baldy,’ it is an area in the densely forested Black Hills that is bare of trees. We are told that before the Lakota came to the earth from out of Wind Cave, we lived in the earth under Pe Sla. The people known collectively as the ‘Oceti Sakowin’– the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota– have, since the beginning of time, followed the stars to Pe Sla every year to hold ceremonies.

    The Black Hills have been The Heart of Everything That Is and a refuge for our people forever; however, they were taken illegally by the United States Government when they abrogated their own treaty to steal the land that is rich in minerals, history, beauty and culture. The Oceti Sakowin never agreed to give up the Black Hills, and have never accepted the millions offered by the U.S. as compensation for the theft. The Black Hills are not for sale.

    Pe Sla, known to non-Natives as Reynolds’ Prairie, is ‘owned’ almost entirely by white Americans with a small area ‘owned’ by the Government and controlled by the U.S. Forest Service. The Reynolds family has owned almost 2,000 acres of Pe Sla for well over a century. The Lakota have had access to this sacred site for our annual pilgrimage. The Reynolds family have now decided to sell their land, which represents a huge percentage of Pe Sla.

    Now Pe Sla is in danger. On Saturday, August 25th, Pe Sla is slated to go on the auction block. Once sold to the highest bidder, it is very likely the land will be developed, and thus destroyed as a sacred site. The state of South Dakota is proposing expansion of a gravel road through Pe Sla that will further disturb this well-documented, ancient sacred site. Artifacts holding untold history will be destroyed.

    There’s a good chance the land will be bought by corporations to be developed for businesses or housing, or sold to mining companies to be dug up and exploited. Neither scenario is acceptable to the People. We MUST find a way to secure the land for our continued use and stop the highway expansion project as well as development.

    The Oceti Sakowin (Seven Council Fires) are working against the clock to secure the Reynolds land, our sacred site Pe Sla. Tribes are coming together in an effort to make an offer for the land outright, or to make a bid at auction. Tribal governments have begun a campaign to pool resources for the purchase, but the people have also come together at a grassroots level to try and raise the necessary funds.

    We need the help of the world to make this purchase possible. In so doing, we will restore Pe Sla as a sacred site under the ownership and protection of the Oceti Sakowin. We are appealing to anyone who will help us to meet our goal of buying this small, sacred piece of land. Pe Sla is necessary to the spiritual survival of our people.

    Rosebud Sioux Tribe has taken the lead in protecting Pe Sla by acting as a conduit to unite the Oceti Sakowin in this effort, and is working with Lastrealindians, Inc. to accept donations from both Tribes and individuals. To make a contribution toward saving Pe Sla online go to: To contribute by mail send to: Rosebud Sioux Tribe/Pe Sla, 11 Legion Ave., P.O. Box 430, Rosebud, SD 57570. All donations to the Tribe are tax-deductible and will only be used toward the purchase of Pe’ Sla.

    Spread the word.

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