Ak-Chin Indian Community, Arizona (Tribe)

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The Ak-Chin Indian Community is a federally-recognized tribal entity.

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Note: This is the Tribal page, see Ak-Chin Indian Community, Arizona (Reservation) for the reservation page.

Tribal Headquarters

Ak-Chin Indian Community
42507 West Peters & Nall Rd
Maricopa, Arizona 85138
Phone: (520) 568-1000

The Official Website of the Ak-Chin Indian Community

The Ak-Chin Indian Community lies 30 miles south of Phoenix in the northwestern part of Pinal County at an elevation of approximately 1,186 feet. State Route 238 intersects the reservation at its northernmost and easternmost corners. State Route 347 runs through the reservation, connecting Interstate 8 and 1-10. In this extremely arid Sonoran Desert climate; no streams slice through the landscape and no mountains rise steeply from the desert floor. Four washes traverse within the reservation from north to south.[1]


Ak-Chin is an O'odham word which when translated means "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.

Ak Chin Indian Community of the Maricopa (Ak Chin) Indian Reservation, Arizona. Articles of Association of the Ak-Chin Indian Community, Arizona: Including Amendments. S.l: s.n, 1970. WorldCat 70865514

Brief Timeline

Additional References to the History of the Tribes


See Ak-Chin Indian Community, Arizona (Reservation)


Tiffany, Sarah Y., Genealogy of a few Indian families of the Maracopa, Pima & Papago tribes, Genealogical Society of Utah, 1955, microfilm FHL 2366

Search Ancestry.com under the keyword "Papago" for a list of people in the U.S. Indian Census Rolls 1885-1940 and the U.S. Census Population Schedules. $ however free access at Family History Centers.

Important Web Sites

InterTribal Council of Arizona, Inc.
Ak-Chin Him Dak Ecomuseum
Ak-Chin O'odham Runner newspaper


  1. "Official Guide of the Arizona State Office of Tourism"


United States. Jicarilla Apache Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act and Ak-Chin Water Use Amendments Act of 1992: Hearing Before the Select Committee on Indian Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Second Congress, Second Session, on S. 2684 ... S. 2507 ... June 11, 1992, Washington, DC. Washington: U.S. G.P.O., 1992. WorldCat 27322176

Ak Chin Indian Community of the Maricopa (Ak Chin) Indian Reservation, Arizona. Ak-Chin Indian Community and the State of Arizona Gaming Compact, 2002. Phoenix, Ariz: Arizona Dept. of Gaming], 2002. WorldCat 52083094

Meneses, Diana M. "It Is What Holds Us Together As a People": A History of the Ak-Chin Indian Community. Thesis (Ph. D.)--Arizona State University, 2009, 2009. WorldCat 644307287

Marmaduke, William S. The Ak Chin Farm Project: Intensive Archaeological Survey of the Ak Chin Indian Reservation, West Half. Flagstaff, Ariz: Northland Research, 1983. WorldCat 9864196

United States. Amending the Act Entitled "An Act Relating to the Water Rights of the Ak-Chin Indian Community" to Clarify Certain Provisions Concerning the Leasing of Such Water Rights, and for Other Purposes: Report (to Accompany H.R. 2647). Washington, D.C.: U.S. G.P.O., 2000. WorldCat 45401702

Ak Chin Indian Community of the Maricopa (Ak Chin) Indian Reservation, Arizona, Burton G. Hirsch, and Ralph Whitney Johnson. Law and Order Code of the Maricopa Ak-Chin Indian Community, Arizona. [Phoenix?]: The Community, 1975. WorldCat 57305506

Wright, Winnie Doyle. Survey of Ak Chin Indian Reservation to Determine Educational Needs. Thesis--Arizona State University, 1973. WorldCat 2341540

Villegas, Olivia A. Tribal Management Procedures Study of the Maricopa Ak Chin Reservation. Tucson: Bureau of Ethnic Research, University of Arizona, 1974. WorldCat 2407934

Cudel, Evelyne. High Incidence of Diabetes in the O'Odham Community Approach in Prevention and Control for a Native American Tribe. Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of California, Riverside, 1994, 1994. WorldCat 676815704

Ak-Chin O'Odham Runner. Maricopa, Ariz: Ak-Chin Indian Community, 1980. 30576049/editions WorldCat 30576049

W.S. Gookin & Associates. Report on the Maricopa Ak-Chin Reservation June 1970. Scottsdale, Ariz: W.S. Gookin & Associates, 1970. WorldCat 52952104

Arizona Commission of Indian Affairs, Ak-Chin Indian Community, and Fort McDowell Mohave-Apache Indian Community. Fort McDowell Report ; Maricopa (Ak-Chin) Report. [Phoenix, Ariz.]: Arizona Commission of Indian Affairs, 1960. WorldCat 20547970

United States. Maricopa (Ak-Chin) Indian Reservation: Pinal County, Arizona. Phoenix, Ariz: Bureau of Indian Affairs, 1988. WorldCat 18963538