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Long before Arizona became a state, people were drawn to the area's beautiful weather and stunning vistas. Tracing back at least 12,000 years ago, the first American Indians found this rugged region and decided to make roots.

Basket weaving at Ak Chin Him Dak Eco Museum
Ak-Chin Him-Dak Eco-Museum

Currently, 22 distinct tribes—each with their own unique history and customs—dwell within Arizona's borders. You can see the influence these tribes have had on our local history while visiting the ancient American Indian ruins around the state or at a history museum to hear stories from the first people to call Arizona home.

Enhance Your Visit to Tribal Lands

While most Arizona reservations and tribal communities welcome visitors to experience their culture, tourism opportunities vary among the tribes. Some, like the Navajo Nation and the White Mountain Apache Tribe, support a wide range of tourism experiences. Others limit tourism to inviting visitors to patronize their casinos.

Before you go, remember the following:

  • Each reservation operates under its own government and its own rules for visitors
  • Sacred areas and graveyards are restricted areas and are not open to the public
  • Alcohol is not tolerated except in designated areas such as casinos

Information on purchasing authentic arts and crafts is available from the Indian Arts and Craft Board and the Indian Arts and Crafts Association.

American Indian Tribal Lands

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