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  • Resort is 100% owned by Pima and Maricopa People on the Gila River Indian Community (GRIC)
  • All artwork at Resort is from Pima and Maricopa Artisans
  • All 500 guestrooms are custom-designed to reflect either Pima or Maricopa traditions through art, historical photographs and custom furnishings and décor
  • Throw blankets from Pima artist Amil Pedro are featured in each guest room and proceeds from purchases go to his foundation to pass traditional crafts to youth
  • Resort Staff volunteer regularly within the GRIC reading programs, toy drives, Thanksgiving turkey drives, garden harvests, education programs, etc.
  • Cultural Concierge are on staff to share the Gila River Indian Community history and heritage with guests
  • Storytellers during the winter season share traditions and legends with guests
  • The AAA Five Diamond, Mobil Five Star Kai restaurant supports the gardens of the Gila Crossing Schools and harvests those gardens for use in the menu
  • All Resort Food and Beverage outlets utilize locally grown and indigenous ingredients from the Gila River Farms
  • Donate usable items left by meetings/groups to the GRIC
  • Speak traditional Pima language at Kai, Aji and other outlets allowing guests to learn and connect with the culture
  • More than 30% of Resort staff are Native American
Aji Spa
  • Utilize and promote organic products including our house label "Indigenous"
  • Use local vendors for product supply
  • Use 100% Pima cotton for all terry linens
  • Café food waste is composted
Banquets
  • Reusable items left by groups donated to Gila River community schools and Boys & Girls Club
  • Coffee grounds used for composting
  • Indigenous materials are incorporated into decorating buffets and meeting spaces
Culinary
  • AAA Five Diamond, Mobil Five Star Kai restaurant and the entire culinary department supports and uses native ingredients from local farmers (Gila River Farms & Wellington Farms)
  • Volunteer regularly with GRIC reading programs
  • Volunteer regular with cooking classes in Sacaton and Gila Crossing Schools
  • Composts appropriate food from all kitchens
  • Forages medicinal native herbs on property to incorporate into dishes
  • Use hormone free beef and line caught fish
  • Practice sustainable farming with associates on a regular basis - "soil to plate"
Front Office/Front Drive
  • Pima language used at check-in/check-out
  • Indigenous lotion at all Front Desk pods
Housekeeping
  • Lost and found items over 30 days old are donated to associates and community members
  • Old linen donated to community
Koli Equestrian Center
  • Manure is composted
Sales/Catering
  • Promote banquet menus that utilize local products
  • Promote amenities created by the children and artisans of the Gila River Indian Community
Stewarding
  • Used cooking oils are recycled by bio-fuel company for use throughout Arizona

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