American Indian Tribes

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 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. Step into the past and experience up-close the artifacts and fascinating structures built and used by these tribes in day-to-day life throughout Arizona at American Indian-operated museums, cultural centers and protected ruins.

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.

Tribal Lands Map

Find your way to and around American Indian tribal lands

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 reservation is a sovereign nation and operates its own government, laws, and rules for visitors.
  • There are many sacred areas, such as gravesites, that are restricted and not open to non-tribal members.
  • Alcohol isn’t permitted or tolerated on tribal land, except in designated areas like casinos.

For other useful recommendations and helpful hints about visiting tribal lands, visit our Travel Tips page.

The more you know, The more you enjoy

You can learn a little more from the links below about what to do and buy when visiting American Indian communities in Arizona.

The Indian Arts and Crafts Board and Indian Arts and Crafts Association can help you with information about purchasing authentic American-Indian keepsakes.

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