Waila Festival, Inc.

1413 E. Hammond Lane
Phoenix, AZ 85034

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Major Sponsors:

Gila River Indian Community Ak-Chin Indian Community
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Tohono O'odham Nation

Wild Horse Pass Development Authority

Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment - West Valley

Gila River Sand & Gravel Corp.



Board of Directors

Cecil R. Lewis
Cecil is a member of the Gila River Indian Community. He has been a Culinary Chef for 30 years, now retired.  A Gila River Indian Community Council Member  for 6 years , 2003 – 2009 with District 5.  Now Involved in Community Service with Tohono O’odham Rosary Choir, as well as other Community Involvement where ever he sees the need.  Retired Cowboy.
Erica Manuel
Erica is a member of the Ak-chin Indian Community. She has worked as a coordinator for both the Ak-Chin and Gila River Indian Communities, facilitating and guiding youth and adults in social, educational and career choices. Erica continues to progress her passion for personal development of others in her current position as supervisor for Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino.
Frances G. Antone
Frances is a member of the Tohono O'odham Nation and a former Legislative Representative to the Tohono O'odham Legislative Council in which she served for 16 years representing Baboquivari District. Ms. Antone also served as Council Secretary for 2 1/2 years prior to her elected position. Her background is in Public Administration in which she served in the public sector under Human Resources.  Currently, she is employed with the Tohono O'odham Nation Department of Health & Human Services as Program Supervisor for the Family Assistance Division.

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Corporate Sponsors
Source One Distributors Lone Butte Development Corporation Native American Advancement Foundation Rawhide Western Town & Steakhouse
KOHN Radio FM 91.9

Tohono O'odham Utility Authority

Ak-Chin Farms

Gila River Telecommunications, Inc.

Gila River Indian Community Utility Authority Drumbeat Indian Arts Pimmex General Contracting Ramona Farms Roberta's Corner Kitchen Mobile Nations Technology Gente de I'itoi AC VMK Enterprises, Inc. Native Dezine Printz
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