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Native American Tribes of Arizona

Welcome to our Arizona State Facts section, part of an educational project designed to provide information about indigenous people in different U.S. states. Follow the links to the right of our tribal map for more information about the language, culture and history of each Arizona tribe, or scroll below the map for Arizona Indian activities including a wordsearch, fact sheets, and words from the Native American languages of Arizona. Feel free to print any of these materials out for classroom use!

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American Indians in Arizona

Did you know the name "Arizona" is a Uto-Aztecan Indian word? It means "little spring" in the Tohono O'odham language. The O'odham are not the only native people of this region, however.

The original inhabitants of the area that is now Arizona included:

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*The Akimel O'odham (Pima) Indians
*The Apache Indians
*The Cocopah Indians
*The Halchidhoma Indians
*The Havasupai, Yavapai, and Hualapai tribes
*The Hopi Indians
*The Jocome and Jano tribes
*The Maricopa Indians
*The Mohave Indians
*The Navajo Indians
*The Southern Paiute Indians
*The Tohono O'odham (Papago) Indians
*The Yaqui Indians
*The Yuma Indians
*The Zuni Indians

There are twenty-one federally recognized Indian tribes in Arizona today.

Here is a list of the addresses of Arizona's Indian reservations:

1. Ak-Chin Indian Community
(Pima and Papago)
Route 2, Box 27
Maricopa, AZ 85239
2. Cocopah Indian Tribe
PO Box Bin G
15th & Ave. G
Somerton, AZ 85350
3. Colorado River Indian Tribes
(Chemehuevi, Hopi, Mohave, and Navajo)
Route 1, Box 23-B
Parker, AZ 85344
4. Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation
(Yavapai and Apache)
PO Box 17779
Fountain Hills, AZ 85269
5. Fort Mojave Indian Tribe
500 Merriman Ave
Needles, CA 92363
(The Fort Mojave reservation is on both sides
of the Arizona-California border)
6. Fort Yuma-Quechan Tribe
PO Box 11352
Yuma, AZ 85364

7. Gila River Indian Community
(Pima and Maricopa)
PO Box 97
Sacaton, AZ 85247
8. Havasupai Tribe
PO Box 10
Supai, AZ 86435
9. Hopi Tribe
PO Box 123
Kykotsmovi, AZ 86309
10. Hualapai Tribe
PO Box 179
Peach Springs, AZ 86434
11. Kaibab-Paiute Tribe
HC 65 Box 2
Fredonia, AZ 86022
12. Navajo Nation
PO Box 9000
Window Rock, Arizona 86515
13. Pascua Yaqui Tribe
7474 S. Camino De Oeste
Tucson, AZ 85746
14. Salt River Pima-Maricopa Community
Rte 1, Box 216
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
15. San Carlos Apache Tribe
PO Box O
San Carlos, AZ 85550
16. San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe
PO Box 1989
Tuba City, AZ 86045
17. Tohono O'odham Nation
PO Box 837
Sells, AZ 85634
18. Tonto Apache Tribe
Tonto Apache Reservation #30
Payson, AZ 85541
19. White Mountain Apache Tribe
PO Box 700
Whiteriver, AZ 85941
20. Yavapai-Apache Nation
PO Box 348
Prescott, AZ 86322
21. Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe
530 E. Merritt Street
Prescott, AZ 86301

Teaching and learning activities about Arizona Indians:

Feel free to print these out to use at school!

*Arizona Tribes Word Search: Printable puzzle hiding the names of Arizona's Indian tribes.
*Arizona Language Greetings: Learn to say "hello" in many Native Arizona languages.
*Arizona Native Animals: Learn the Native American names of Arizona animals.
*Arizona Indian Facts for Kids: Answers to frequently asked questions about the tribes of Arizona.
    We currently have pages for the Apache, Cocopah, Hopi, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Southern Paiute,
    Tohono O'odham, Yaqui, Yuma, and Zuni tribes.

Recommended books about Arizona Native Americans
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*Native Americans of Arizona:
    An illustrated history of Arizona Indian tribes.
*Arizona Native Americans:
    Introducing the culture and history of Arizona's Indian tribes to kids.
*Meet Mindy: A Native Girl from the Southwest:
    Kids' book about Arizona Indian life featuring a young Hopi girl.
*And It Is Still That Way: Legends Told By Arizona Indian Children:
    Collection of Arizona Indian legends told by tribal schoolchildren.
*An Oasis Remembered: Indian Agency Sacaton, Arizona:
    Memoirs of life on the Pima Indian reservation.
*101 Questions About Ancient Indians of the Southwest:
    Photographic encyclopedia about the Native Americans of Arizona and other Southwestern states.
*Traveling Indian Arizona: * Visitor's Guide To Arizona's Indian Reservations:
    Travel guides for how to visit Indian reservations and ancient ruins in Arizona.
*Archaeology of Ancient Arizona: * Prehistoric Arizona:
    Books about Arizona Indian ruins, artifacts, and ancient history.
*Dancing Gods: Indian Ceremonials of New Mexico and Arizona:
    Book about Arizona's Native American religions and rituals.
*Arizona Indians: The People Of The Sun:
    Anthropology book on the Indian nations of Arizona.
*Encyclopedia of Arizona Indians:
   Thorough reference book about the Native American tribes of Arizona.

Other resources about American Indian history, culture and society in Arizona state:

*Arizona Commission of Indian Affairs: Representing American Indians in Arizona.
*Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona: Coalition of twenty Native American tribes of Arizona.
*Bureau of Indian Affairs: Western Region: Government department overseeing Arizona Indian reservations.
*Phoenix Area Indian Health Service: Government department managing health care services for Arizona tribes.
*Arizona Native American Tribes: Map of Indian reservations in Arizona today, with a brief profile of each reservation.
*Miss Indian Arizona: Homepage of the famous intertribal pageant and scholarship program.
*Indians of Arizona: E-text of a 1918 book on Arizona Indian tribes.
*Arizona Archaeological Society: Homepage of an archaeology center with information about prehistoric Arizona Indians.
*Arizona Indian Arts: Online exhibitions of Arizona Indian pottery, baskets, rugs and masks from the Arizona State Museum.
*Petroglyphs of Sedona: Photo gallery of Indian petroglyph art and symbols from Northern Arizona.
*Arizona American Indian Tourism Association: Intertribal business council promoting tours at Arizona Indian sites.
*Arizona Indian Gaming Association: Intertribal organization managing Arizona's Indian casinos.
*Arizona Pow Wow Schedule: Calendar of Arizona Indian pow-wows and dances.
Arizona Artifact Photographs: Museum exhibit with pictures of Arizona Native clothing, tools, and other artifacts.
Apache History in the Rim Country and Gila County:
    Essay on Mogollon prehistory and post-colonial Apache history in the central Arizona Territory.
*Access Genealogy Arizona: Historical profiles and ancestry links for American Indian tribes native to Arizona.

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