Gila River Indian Community

Nestled under a blue desert sky, the Gila River Indian community has lived in the Sonoran desert for centuries. This region of land has been home to two distinct tribes — the Akimel O’odham (pima) and Pee-Posh (Maricopa). 

History & Nature

The Akimel O’odham (Pima) and Pee-Posh (Maricopa) tribes have a rich history in artwork including pottery, baskets and jewelry, and draw from the area’s natural elements to inspire their work.

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Things to Do

Learn about the tribe’s culture at the HuHugam Heritage Center, one of the nation’s finest tribal facilities. This museum houses artifacts that tell the stories of the history and language of the Gila River Indian Community and provides a space for research by members. The exhibitions, classes, programs, and collections educate the public about the cultural heritage of the tribes.

While on the tribal lands, there are a number of different Gila River Casino locations to visit, including Wild Horse Pass, Vee Quiva, and Lone Butte.

Outdoor activities are also a popular choice for visitors, like the Koli Equestrian Center that offers miles of breathtaking scenery and Toka Sticks Golf Club, which has the nine original holes built over 40 years ago by Air Force personnel.

Hotels, Lodging & Camping

Stay at one of the nearby resorts, or lodging options are also available in Phoenix.

Annual Events

Mul-Chu-Tha Fair & Rodeo
Location: Rodeo Grounds, Sacaton
Date: February
Information: (520) 562-6032

St. John's Festival
Location: Laveen
Date: March
Information: (520) 562-6550

Anniversary Celebration
Location: Arts & Crafts Center, Bapchule
Date: March
Information: (480) 963-3981

Location And Nearby Communities

The Gila River Indian Community is located approximately 34 miles south of the Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona.

Nearby Communities:

For More Information

Tribal Government
525 W. Gu U Ki Road
Sacaton, AZ 85147

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