August 14th, 2012
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."