About Ak-Chin

The Ak-Chin Indian Community is nestled into the Santa Cruz Valley of Southern Arizona. The Community lies 58 miles south of Phoenix in the northwestern part of Pinal County.

Directions can be downloaded here.

Tribal Enterprises

Please visit the Ak-Chin Tribal Enterprises page for more information.

About our

Ak-Chin is an O'odham word translated to mean "mouth of the wash" or "place where the wash loses itself in the sand or ground." The term refers to a type of farming that relies on washes – seasonal food-plains created by winter snows and summer rains.


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Tribal Council

The Ak-Chin Tribal Council serves as the governing body for the community.

The Council was established under the Articles of Association in December 1961. The Council consists of a Chairman, a Vice-Chairman, and three council members – all of whom are elected democratically each year, with staggering terms. The Chairman and Vice-Chairman are elected from within the Council at the start of the new year.

2016 Ak-Chin Community Council:

2016 Ak-Chin Tribal Council

From left:   Gabriel Lopez, Ann Antone, Louis Manuel Jr., Delia M. Carlyle, Vice-Chairman, Robert Miguel, Chairman,