Anaheim-based Catalyx Inc., which brings new technologies such as eco- friendly energy and sewage systems to markets, will be working with the tribe as part of a project that will be paid for by the Ramona Band of Cahuilla Indians, the Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other federal agencies.
“We want to create a truly natural retreat which mirrors our ancestral heritage of living in harmony with Mother Earth,” said Joseph Hamilton, the tribal chairman.
“There are a lot of eco-friendly resorts out there, but they are not truly off-grid,” Jangbarwala said.
The cabins will be built in the traditional Cahuilla “Kish” style—round yurt-like structures, Gomez said.
Once completed, the reservation plans to operate as a retreat, where visitors can learn about the history and culture of the tribe.