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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 for kids about each tribe, and worksheets teaching words from the different 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 tribe
*The Halchidhoma tribe
*The Havasupai, Yavapai, and Hualapai tribes
*The Hopi Indians
*The Jocome and Jano tribes
*The Maricopa tribe
*The Mohave tribe
*The Navajo tribe
*The Southern Paiute tribe
*The Tohono O'odham (Papago) tribe
*The Yaqui tribe
*The Yuma tribe
*The Zuni tribe

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

Here are the addresses of Arizona's Indian reservations:

*Ak-Chin Indian Community:
Route 2, Box 27
Maricopa, AZ 85239

*Cocopah Indian Tribe:
PO Box Bin G
15th & Ave. G
Somerton, AZ 85350

*Colorado River Indian Tribes:
Route 1, Box 23-B
Parker, AZ 85344

*Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation:
PO Box 17779
Fountain Hills, AZ 85269

*Fort Mojave Indian Tribe:
500 Merriman Ave
Needles, CA 92363
(The Fort Mojave reservation is on both sides of the Arizona-California border)

*Fort Yuma-Quechan Tribe :
PO Box 11352
Yuma, AZ 85364

*Gila River Indian Community:
PO Box 97
Sacaton, AZ 85247

*Havasupai Tribe:
PO Box 10
Supai, AZ 86435

*Hopi Tribe:
PO Box 123
Kykotsmovi, AZ 86309

*Hualapai Tribe:
PO Box 179
Peach Springs, AZ 86434

*Navajo Nation:
PO Box 9000
Window Rock, Arizona 86515

*Kaibab-Paiute Tribe:
HC 65 Box 2
Fredonia, AZ 86022

*Pascua Yaqui Tribe:
7474 S. Camino De Oeste
Tucson, AZ 85746

*Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community:
Rte 1, Box 216
Scottsdale, AZ 85256

*San Carlos Apache Tribe:
PO Box O
San Carlos, AZ 85550

*San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe:
PO Box 1989
Tuba City, AZ 86045

*Tohono O'odham Nation:
PO Box 837
Sells, AZ 85634

*Tonto Apache Tribe:
Tonto Apache Reservation #30
Payson, AZ 85541

*White Mountain Apache Tribe:
PO Box 700
Whiteriver, AZ 85941

*Yavapai-Apache Nation:
PO Box 348
Prescott, AZ 86322

*Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe:
530 E. Merritt Street
Prescott, AZ 86301

Teaching and learning activities about Arizona Indians:

Feel free to print these out for classroom use!

*Arizona Tribes Word Search: Printable puzzle hiding the names of Arizona's Indian tribes.
*Arizona Language Greetings: Learn to say "hello" in several 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, Hopi, Navajo, Maricopa, and Mojave tribes.

Recommended books about Arizona Native Americans:

*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 to Indian reservations and ancient ruins in Arizona.
*Archaeology of Ancient Arizona: * Prehistoric Arizona:
    Books about Arizona Indian ruins 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 tribes 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.
*Arizona Native American Tribes: Map of Indian reservations in Arizona today, with a brief profile of each reservation.
*Miss Indian Arizona: Homepage of the 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 organization 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 from Northern Arizona.

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