Gila River Indian Community

Introductory Information

The Gila River Indian Community (GRIC) traces its roots to the Hohokam, prehistoric Indians who lived and farmed along the Gila River Basin centuries ago. Composed of two members of tribes, the Pima and Maricopas, GRIC is located in south-central Arizona.

The 372,000 acre reservation, which lies south of Phoenix, Tempe and Chandler, was established by an act of Congress in 1859 and formally established by Constitution in 1939. Tribal administrative offices and departments are located in Sacaton.

The Gila River Indian Community is steadily increasing and diversifying its industrial, agricultural, retail and recreational economic base. The Community currently operates three industrial parks that are home to several local and national companies. One park, Lone Butte Industrial Park, is nationally acclaimed as one of the most successful Indian industrial parks in the U.S.

Gaming also continues to be a positive economic development activity for the Community (see below). Wild Horse Pass and Vee Quiva are the two facilities that comprise the Gila River Casinos. Adding to the entertainment experience available to visitors, the community is currently developing a substantial golf and resort development project that will feature two world-class 18 hole golf courses and a 500-room hotel resort complex.

In addition to emphasizing industry, business and recreational opportunities, the Community continues to depend upon agriculture to grow its economy. 15,000 acres of Community farms on the GRIC support a variety of crops such as cotton, wheat, millet, alfalfa, barley, melons, pistachios, olives, citrus, and vegetables. Independent farming operations cultivate an additional 22,000 acres of similar crops, bringing the total agricultural product value to an excess of $25 million.

The Gila River Reservation enjoys a relatively young population with a median age of 22.7 years. The Community is home to 14,000 people.

Government And Council Members Listing

  • Gregory Mendoza, Governor
  • Stephen R. Lewis, Lt. Governor
  • Arzie Hogg, Council Member, Dist 1
  • Augustine Enas, Council Member, Dist 1
  • Jewel Whitman, Council Member, Dist 2
  • Myron G. Schurz, Council Member, Dist 3
  • Rodney Jackson, Council Member, Dist 3
  • Darrell Gerlaugh, Council Member, Dist 4
  • John Antone, Council Member, Dist 4
  • Malcolm Eschief, Council Member, Dist 4
  • Rebecca Rowe, Council Member, Dist 4
  • Cecil R. Lewis, Council Member, Dist 5
  • Delane Enos, Council Member, Dist 5
  • Brenda Robertson, Council Member, Dist 5
  • Franklin Pablo, Sr., Council Member, Dist 5
  • Albert Pablo, Council Member, Dist 6
  • Terrance Evans, Council Member, Dist 6
  • Anthony Villareal, Sr., Council Member, Dist 6
  • Devin Redbird, Council Member, Dist 7

Public Relations

Office of Public Relations

Attractions

Just southwest of the reservation is Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, a four-story pueblo built by the Hohokam Indians in the 13th Century.

The Gila River Arts and Crafts Center, located along Interstate 10 (I-10) at the Casa Blanca Interchange, sells one of Arizona’s finest selections of Southwest Indian arts and crafts. The Center also contains a museum and restaurant/coffee shop.

The Gila River Heritage Theme Park features self-guided tours of traditional Indian homes of the Pima, Maricopa, Tohono O’odham, and Apache tribes.

Gaming

Gila River Casinos, an entity of the Gila River Indian Community, consist of two casinos Wild Horse Pass and Vee Quiva. Located just south of Chandler, Wild Horse Pass features 500 slot machines, a 1,000 seat bingo hall, live poker, as well as dining and entertainment. On the west side of Phoenix, Vee Quiva also features nearly 300 slot machines, bingo, and dining areas. In total, the Gila River Casinos employ nearly 1,700 employees and all revenues generated from each facility are put back into the community for programs that benefit the Community.

Visitor Amenities

  • Gila River Arts & Crafts Center and Restaurant

Special Tribal Events

  • February – Mul-Chu-Tha (Annual Tribal Fair and Rodeo)
  • February – Ira Hayes Memorial Day
  • March – St. John’s Festival
  • November – Pima Maricopa Arts Festival

Contact

Gila River Indian Community
P.O. Box 97
Sacaton, AZ 85147

Phone: (520) 562-9841
Fax: (520) 562-9849