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.

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Tribal Council

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

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Tribal Enterprises

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About our Community

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.

In May 1912, President Taft signed for a 47,600 acre reservation. However, the acreage was reduced to just less than 22,000 acres the following year.

The tribe's government was formally organized in 1961, under the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934. The Ak-Chin Indian Community is governed by a 5 member Tribal Council; which oversees the governmental operations and departments that service the community of Ak-Chin.

Ak-Chin has an enrollment of over 1,094 tribal members. Its first major enterprise was Ak-Chin Farms, which currently harvests over 15,000 acres, making it one of the largest farming communities in the U.S.

Ak-Chin Indian Community also houses the Ak-Chin Him Dak Eco-Museum, the first of its kind in America. The Him-Dak is a place were objects of our past are conserved and shared. The Him-Dak hosts two yearly celebrations; the annual Him-Dak Celebration held in April and the Native American Recognition Day Celebration held in September.

Ak-Chin Indian Community entered into the gaming industry in 1994 with Promus/Harrah's management for a 72,000 square foot casino. The casino has expanded to include: a 148-room resort hotel and new bingo facility, which employs over 830 people and is considered one of the top employers in Pinal County.

Ak-Chin Indian Community continues to make strides in working with the neighboring communities in western Pinal, while moving forward in services and economic undertaking for its People.

Ak-Chin Seal

In 1961, the Articles of Association, the by-laws that help govern the Ak-Chin Indian Community, were adopted. The following year the seal for the Ak-Chin Indian Community was designed by Wilbert "Buddy" Carlyle and drawn by Sylvester Smith. The Symbols used in this seal represent the ideals upon which the Ak-Chin Indian Community is based.

The Arrow represents the Ak-Chin Indian Community as Native Americans

The Scales represent equality and justice to the Community

The Rising Sun represents our belief in a brighter tomorrow

The Lightning represents inspiration and energy to uphold the ideals of the Community