Districts

District 1 Information

15747 N. Shegoi Road

Blackwater, Arizona

Telephone: (520) 215-2110
Fax: (520) 215-2119

District 1 is the second smallest and most Eastern district. It is named Shuckma hudag or Oos Kek, which translates to “Blackwater” and “Stick Stand.” It is roughly 50 square miles in area and is home to approximately 1,000 residents. The Eastern boundary of District 1 is adjacent to the town of Florence, Arizona, while the Southern boundary is adjacent to the city of Coolidge. To the North are the Johnson Ranch and Santan Heights communities. Just southeast, beyond the district’s boundaries, is the historic Casa Grande Ruins National Monument.

The Casa Grande Ruins are federally protected and personally tied to the Pima people of the Gila River Indian Community. The structure was built by the Hohokam (“those who have gone”) people, who maintained a sophisticated irrigation system for hundreds of years until periods of low water caused most of the community to disperse. Those who stayed are the ancestors of the present day Pima and Papago Indians. The Ruins have become a popular tourist attraction with nearly 100,000 visitors annualy.


Council Representatives

Arzie Hogg

Joey Whitman



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District 2 Information

P.O. Box 713
Sacaton, AZ 85247
Telephone: (520) 562-3450 / (520) 562-3358 / (520) 562-1807
Fax: (520) 562-2032

 

District 2 is named Hashan Kek, or “Saguaro Stand.” It is home to the Olberg Bridge which stands as a spectacular reminder of the rich history and culture of the Akimel O’odham Posh tribes. The Olberg Bridge was once considered a great engineering wonder when it was completed in the 1920’s along with the Sacaton Dam as part of the Pima-Maricopa Irrigation project. The dam was one of the final pieces connecting the main north-south highway across Arizona - becoming part of the Phoenix, Sacaton, Casa Grande, Tucson, and Nogales Scenic Highway. It diverted water to irrigate land in the district. Water and farming have long been a tradition and a central part of life for the industrious people of Hashan Kek. The cultural heart of Hashan Kek are the traditional basket dancers, who have learned and kept a legacy of traditional dances that have been passed down from generation to generation.


Council Representative:

Carol Schruz



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District 3 Information

P.O. Box 546
Sacaton, AZ 85247
Telephone: (520) 562-2700
Fax: (520) 562-3435

District 3 was named after the famous giant Sacaton grass that once grew in this valley and, like the vigorous growing grass, the village of Sacaton has grown as well with new buildings such as a beautiful dialysis center.


In the O’odham language, Sacaton is known as Ge e Ke or “Big House,” which is largely because of its historical importance to the community as the unofficial capital of the Community. Though it is one of the smaller districts approximately 39 square miles in size it has always been the center of commerce and government activity for the tribe.


Today, the Tribal government continues to thrive and operate in the new Governance building, which houses most of the tribal departments and serves as the meeting place for tribal council and government officials. History, tradition, pride, and community are strong themes in District 3. The community as a whole is proud of its people and accomplishments, but is also proud to share goodwill and a strong sense of community with its neighbors.


Council Representatives:

Carolyn Williams

Dale G. Enos



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District 4 Information

District #4 Service Center

P.O. Box 557

Sacaton, AZ 85247

Telephone: (520) 418-3661 / (520) 418-3228

Fax: (520) 418-3665

 

District 4, also known as the Santan District, is large and unique in that it is comprised of eight distinct villages:Olberg, Santan (Upper and Lower), Stotonic, Chandler Heights, Gila Butte, Goodyear, and East Lone Butte Village.

 

The Santan mountain range played a role in the history of  District 4 as do many other aspects of the land that surround the community. The mountain range tells a story that connects the people with the land, not only as a striking landmark but also through stories that are passed down from the elders of how the mountains infl uenced and shaped the people of this part of the Gila River Indian Community. The District is 119 square miles and has seen the most industrial growth of any of the districts.


District 4 boundaries contain an array of world-class sports and recreation venues, as well as a host of tribal, commercial, agricultural businesses that are owned and operated by the Community.


District 5 Information

District #5 Service Center

P.O. Box 10837

Bapchule, AZ 85221

Telephone: (520) 315-3441 / (520) 315-3445
Fax: (520) 315-1043


District 5 is roughly 99 square miles and is known as Casa Blanca or by the O’odham people of the village as Vah ki which translate into English as “House that goes into the ground”. The District is comprised of six village areas: Sweet Water, Bapchule, South Casa Blanca, West Casa Blanca, Sacate and Wet Camp.

The northern boundary is the now dried banks of what was once the Gila River and on the southern boundary are the cities of Casa Grande and Maricopa. District 5 was historically the center of the Pima villages and has long been and continues to be the center of the agricultural production of the Pima and Maricopa tribes. The story of the tribe’s relationship with the land and its ability to adapt to its surroundings is among the deepest rooted and most telling story of the culture.

 

Faced with an arid environment, the Hu Hu Kam, ancient ancestors of the Pima created irrigation systems hundreds of years before the Western settlement of Arizona. The many miles of canals they built allowed them to grow corn, bean, squash, and melons along the Gila River. Their ingenuity yielded great results. This ancient irrigation system is proof of the tribe’s dedication to the philosophy of bringing life to the Sonoran Desert through hard work, intelligence and respect for all living things. Today, modern versions of the ancient irrigations systems allow Gila River Farms, founded in the 1960s, to produce crops such as cotton, alfalfa, citrus, olives, wheat and barley on nearly 35,000 acres of land with approximately 130,000 acres of additional agricultural land available to cultivate. In the ancient tradition, farmers continue to adapt by making the transition to newer and more modern farming equipment to help expedite the harvesting of these diverse crops.


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District 6 Information

District #6 Service Center
P.O. Box 54
Laveen, AZ 85339
Phone: (520) 550-3805 / (520) 550-3806 / (520) 550-3557
Fax: (520) 550-2900

 

District 6 sits in the shadows of the Estrella Mountains where the once flowing but now dry sandy river beds of the Gila and Santa Cruz Rivers crisscross the Sonoran Desert and amongst the outer edges this community. The Northern boundary of the community is adjacent to the Ahwatukee Foothills and the Southern boundary borders the city of Maricopa. The majestic Sierra Estrella Mountains which seem to stand guard over all of this life are known by the Pima and Maricopa Tribes as Komatke, which is loosely translated Broad Mountain or flat.

 

The mountain ranges are rich in history and lore; rising 4,000 feet above the Sonoran Desert and stretching the length of the community’s western border.

District 6 has four village areas: Lone Butte, Santa Cruz, Komatke and Co-op Village. It is 176 square miles and is home to the Komatke Community Center Complex, the scenic Estrella Mountain range, and Vee Quiva Casino, one of the Gila River Indian Community’s three casinos.


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District 7 Information

District #7 Service Center
RR 4 Box 186
Laveen, AZ 85339
Telephone: (520) 430-4780
Fax: (520) 430-3224

District 7 sits in the western most part of the reservation at the base of the Estrella Mountains and is home to the Maricopa. In early days they grouped together in small bands living along the lower Gila and Colorado rivers. Each of these bands migrated eastward at different times. The last of these bands left the Colorado River in the late 1830’s. Eventually these bands came together and settled in the area.

The Maricopa of District 7 is known for their red clay pottery work. Various jars and bowls were created for essential needs, made of natural materials. The clay was collected at various locations within the area and natural dyes were used to depict geometrical designs. Maricopa pottery artwork can be viewed at the Community’s Hoohoogam Ki Museum, Phoenix’s Heard Museum and the Smithsonian Natual Museum of the American Indian.


Council Representative

Devin Redbird




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