Ivan Makil is a citizen of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC). He served three consecutive terms as President of SRPMIC from 1990 to 2002. Under his leadership, SRPMIC developed a nationally recognized approach for successful business enterprises, land use planning and overall economic development that is creative, diversified, and culturally sensitive. During that time, he helped to launch new SRPMIC enterprises such as Saddleback Communications, Casino Arizona, Talking Stick Golf Course, and Chaparral Business Park. He also led SRPMIC’s successful effort to bring more than 1,000 acres of land under tribal ownership.
Makil is Founding Partner of Generation Seven Strategic Partners, a consulting firm that works to develop partnerships between Native nation governments and non-tribal entities. Among his many awards, in 2007 he received the “Wendell Chino Humanitarian Award” from the National Indian Gaming Association.