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PHOENIX SOUTH VALLEY
Gila River Indian Community

Situated along Interstate 10 between Tucson and Phoenix, Gila (pronounced "heela") River Indian Community is readily accessible from either destination.

The reservation comprises 372,00 acres south of Phoenix, Tempe, and Chandler Arizona and was established in 1859 by an Act of Congress. The reservation is the homeland of the Pima and Maricopa Indians.

Firebird Lake is located on the reservation and hosts featured events throughout the year. There is a casino and bingo hall on the reservation which are owned and managed by the Gila River Indian Community.

Other attractions on/near the reservation include Casa Grande Ruins and Gila Heritage Park which features a self-guided tour of traditional Indian homes from the Apache, Papago, Pima, and Maricopa tribes.

Major events held:


    Mul-Chu-Tha - Gathering of the People (February)
    St. Johns Indian Mission festival (1st Sunday in March)

The Gila River Indians are noted for Pima basketry and Maricopa pottery.

For more information on the Gila River Indian Community, contact:

    Gila River Indian Community
    P.O. Box 97
    Sacaton Arizona 85247
    520-562-3311
    602-963-4323
    520-562-3422 fax



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