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.

The Community adopted a new constitution in July 2016. One of the changes allowed for candidates to run for a specific office and for Community members to vote specifically for the chairman and vice chairman in addition to council members. Previously, Chairman and Vice-Chairman were chosen amongst the five members of council.

The Chairman and Vice Chairman will serve a four-year term, and the three council members elected will serve two-year terms.

2019 Ak-Chin Community Council:

2017 Ak-Chin Tribal Council

From left:   Octavio Machado, Robert Miguel, Chairman, Lisa Garcia, Gabriel Lopez, Vice-Chairman, Delia M. Carlyle