Phoenix Cement Company was purchased by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in 1987. As owners of Salt River Sand & Rock, one of the largest aggregate producers in Arizona and the U.S., Phoenix Cement was a natural fit for the Community in its desire to expand its presence in the construction materials industry. Since its purchase of the company, the Community has invested over $22 million in capital improvements for the cement and fly ash operations.
The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community is actually comprised of two Indian tribes: the Pima, "Akimel O'Odham" (River People); and the Maricopa, "Xalychidom Piipaash" (People who live towards the water). Both tribes speak different languages but share cultural values.
The Pima believe they are descendants of the Hohokam (Hoo-hoogam) inhabitants who farmed the Salt River Valley and created an elaborate canal irrigation system centuries ago. They are particularly known for their basket weaving. The Maricopa lived along the lower Gila and Colorado Rivers. They migrated toward Pima villages in the early 1800's. They are known for their red clay pottery.
Today, these two tribes make up the Community, which occupies 52,600 acres of trust land situated adjacent to the cities of Mesa, Tempe, Scottsdale, and Fountain Hills in the metropolitan Phoenix area. The Community has a population of approximately 9,000 enrolled members.
The Community is governed by an elected President, Vice-President, and seven-member Council. The President, Vice-President, and some Council members also occupy seats on the Board of Directors of Phoenix Cement Company. A variety of other business enterprises are also owned and operated by the Community, evidence of its unique status as one of the most progressive, business-oriented Indian Communities anywhere.
To learn more, click below to visit the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community website.