From its agricultural heritage and initial modest farming operation, Ak-Chin learned to become uniquely adaptable to changing climates and conditions. This resilience laid the groundwork for a 21st century business philosophy and entrepreneurial spirit that capitalizes on changing markets and commerce opportunities that will encourage economic diversification and self-sufficiency.
To date, Ak-Chin has created partnerships with Caesars Entertainment, Troon Golf, and UltraStar Cinemas to build an impressive array of entertainment venues, which include Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Resort, Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club and UltraStar Multi-tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle.
On the industrial side, Ak-Chin has created favorable lease arrangements for a number of large and small businesses including Hickman’s Family Farms, M&S Equipment, Fyrestorm Cheer, and Tillers Tool & Equipment. In addition, Ak-Chin bought and improved the former Phoenix Regional Airport, a general aviation airport now renamed Ak-Chin Regional Airport and bought a controlling interest in Quail Run Building Materials.
NOT LIKE OTHER NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES
While some tribes say to add 20% more development time to projects for conversations, Ak-Chin has always been a Tribe that Means Business. It was the first Arizona tribe to settle their water rights and the first to apply and be approved under the HEARTH Act so they could have control over their leases without BIA involvement.
Moreover, while some tribes may have allotted land owned by individual tribal members who might need to get 150-450 people to sign off on lease terms, Ak-Chin’s property is wholly owned and controlled by the Tribe.