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The Pima’s Progressive Prospects
A Phoenix, AZ company is planning what it says could be a $600 million business park on tribal land near north Scottsdale. The 209 acre project, to be called Pima Center, is a collaboration between Phoenix commercial developer the Mainspring Capital Group and more than 200 landowners who are members of the Salt River-Pima Maricopa Indian Community.
Mainspring has been negotiating for seven years with tribal members and families who own properties carried down for generations. When the Indian community was created in the 19th century, each tribal member was allotted 20 acres. The properties have passed down through generations and some parcels have multiple family members who share ownership.
Getting a majority to agree to lease the family holdings can take some time said Gerald Blomquist, the project director and a Mainspring partner, and some of the family members who controlled the land died during the time it took to put the deal together. “In many instances, their interests had been transferred to their heirs.”
Mainspring has a 65 years master lease, with options to extend the term. Blomquist added that it’s an attractive site that was worth the years of effort to lock down.
“It’s location, location,” he said. “You can have what can be termed as almost an infill piece – two freeway interchanges, very strong demographics, one of the closet location to the airport and employment centers of Tempe, Mesa and Scottsdale.”
The increased traffic will create a concern for the Salt River Tribe and the City of Scottsdale but my major concern would be for the welfare of the tribe - how this money will affect the members of the Salt River Tribe who could become instant millionaires. I think in this situation, Mainspring should offer free courses to tribal members to instruct them how to wisely manage their newly acquired wealth. If I should become a million–airess or even a thousand-airess, HELP!!!!
This article was edited from the pages of “The Arizona Republic” bylined Glen Creno and Peter Corbett.
Some great news came today for Larry Mitchell author of “Potawatomi Tracks” whose book I reviewed for Native Unity on September 17th.
His book and the review are being featured on “Forgotten Soldier”, a site for veterans to share their war stories and remember fallen comrades. Check it out at http://www.forgottensoldier.com/media/book_reviews/Vietnam book_Vietnam_g.htm.
Native Unity is edging up to the 1,500 visitation mark. It is not a significant number compared to the millions of people who surf the Net on a daily basis, but I feel it is a step in the right direction as far as Native trails, trials and tribulations are concerned.
FELIZ ANO NUEVO!!!
Bobbie Hart O'Neill