7 Generation Philosophy of Development with Maleena Deer & Aaron Studebaker with SRPMICDiscover the 7 Generation Philosophy towards development with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Maleena Deer and Aaron Studebaker shared an insightful look into the development model and partnerships on their tribal lands along the 101 corridor.
The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community is home to two distinct tribes, the Akimel O’odham and the Xalychidom Piipaash, more commonly known as Pima and Maricopa. The Community encompasses over 52,600 acres, shares a Scottsdale address and is bordered by the cities of Mesa, Tempe and Fountain Hills.
Discover Salt River is the tourism division for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. Tourism helps to promote the Talking Stick Entertainment District, home to Salt River Fields, Talking Stick Resort, Medieval Times, and more.
Maleena Deer is the Tourism Manager for Discover Salt River. With a strong background in sales and communication, Maleena came to the government sector of SRP-MIC from Talking Stick Resort.
She now leads the efforts in chamber of commerce growth and development for both the Discover Salt River and Talking Stick Entertainment District brands.
As a member of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, she has a passion for carrying on the tradition of hospitality through tourism.
Aaron Studebaker has had the great privilege of working for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community for over 11 years.
As a Project Manager within the Community Development Department, Aaron supports endeavors such as business development, business operations and special projects. He also provides support in tourism marketing for the Talking Stick Entertainment District and Discover Salt River Tourism Office.
Prior to his current role, Aaron held the position as Director of Sales & Marketing at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, an Enterprise of the Community.
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