SALT RIVER PIMA-MARICOPA INDIAN COMMUNITY– On March 4, 2015, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) Council unanimously approved changing the name of the portion of Indian Bend Road, within the boundary of the Community, to “Talking Stick Way.”
The Community will be working in partnership with the Arizona Department of Transportation to provide updated directional signage as it completes the expansion of the Loop 101 Freeway. Drivers will notice that when they are on SRPMIC tribal land, the name Talking Stick Way will apply east of the freeway exit and west of the freeway exit up to the Pima Road boundary. The original Indian Bend Road name will resume at Pima Road heading west into the city of Scottsdale. New signs are expected to be in place by the end of the year.
“Every council member voted in favor of changing the name from Indian Bend Road to Talking Stick Way,” SRPMIC President, Delbert W. Ray Sr. said. “This is very exciting as we continue to develop and brand our Talking Stick Destination area.”
The Talking Stick Destination is located along the Loop 101 Freeway between Chaparral and Via de Ventura roads, with the central portion of the area dedicated to amenities like Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Talking Stick Resort, Talking Stick Golf Club, Butterfly Wonderland, Topgolf, Octane Raceway and coming soon, OdySea in the Desert, the Southwest’s largest aquarium.
“As we look for new and fresh ways to further define our entertainment corridor, I am absolutely thrilled with this project,” Talking Stick Marketing Manager, Blessing McAnlis-Vasquez said. “We are a proud tribal Community and this change not only highlights the growth and development occurring in the area, but also helps us to further showcase the history upon which we are building.”