History & Heritage
American Indian Tribal Lands
As far back as 12,000 years ago, indigenous cultures made their home in what, today, we affectionately call Arizona.
Long before the Wild West. Even before the extinction of saber-toothed cats and the mammoth. As far back as 12,000 years ago, indigenous cultures made their home in what, today, we affectionately call Arizona. These early inhabitants settled into villages throughout the diverse regions of Arizona, giving formation to tribes such as the Ancestral Puebloans, Hohokam, Mogollon, and Patayan people.
Today, 22 sovereign American Indian communities reside in Arizona, lending their unique spiritual, cultural, and economic richness to the state. Throughout Arizona, you can step into the past and experience up-close the artifacts and fascinating structures built and used by these tribes at a number of American Indian-operated museums and cultural centers.
For anyone visiting Arizona, the unique American Indian heritage and culture here is a must-see for getting a firsthand understanding of our state's special and important history.
MAKE THE BEST OF YOUR VISIT TO TRIBAL LANDS.
The opportunities to visit tribal lands and experience their cultures differ among the different American Indian communities. While many tribes, like the Navajo Nation and White Mountain Apache, welcome visitors for a more robust experience, others limit involvement to their commercial interests.
What to know before you go:
- Each tribe's land is a sovereign nation with its own government, laws, and rules for visitors.
- Many sacred areas, such as gravesites, are restricted and not open to non-tribal members.
- Alcohol isn't permitted or tolerated on tribal land, except in designated areas like casinos
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