Pascua Yaqui Tribe


  • New Pascua – the reservation
  • Old Pascua – in Tucson
  • Barrio Libre – (South Tucson)
  • Marana – northwest of Tucson
  • Guadalupe – southeast suburb of Phoenix

The Council

  • Robert Valencia, Chairman
  • Peter Yucupicio, Vice-Chairman
  • Raymundo Baltazar, Tribal Council Treasurer
  • Mary Jane Buenamea, Tribal Council Secretary
  • Herminia Frias, Council Member
  • Rosa Soto Alvarez, Council Member
  • Francisco Munoz, Council Member
  • David Ramirez, Council Member
  • Antonia Campov, Council Member
  • Cruzita Armenta, Council Member
  • Francisco Valencia, Council Member

Historical Milestones


First contact with Spaniards in Rio Yaqui Valley, Sonora, Mexico

Begin moving to Arizona
Old Guadalupe settled
Guadalupe settled on 40 acres
Yaquis in Old Pascua initiate request for land
Federal Government deeds 202.76 acres to “Pascua Yaqui Association”
Bingo Hall opens
Pascua Yaqui Constitution signed by Bureau of Indian Affairs
Yaquis given “Historic Status” under federal legislation
Gaming Compact with Arizona and Casino of the Sun opens
Pascua Yaqui Health Maintenance Organization established
First high-tech joint venture of a Native American tribe

Public Relations

Office of Public Relations


The Pascua Yaqui Indian Reservation is surrounded by a variety of scenic drives and recreational opportunities. An hour away is Mt. Lemmon with hiking, skiing and other outdoor opportunities. A few miles north of the reservation is Saguaro National Monument. Other sights include San Xavier del Bac Mission, Old Tucson Studios and Kitt Peak Observatory. The nearby Santa Catalina Mountains and Rincon Mountains provide excellent hiking and camping opportunities.


The Pascua Yaqui Tribe opened a 9,000 square foot bingo hall in 1992. This facility was expended in 1994 to include a casino. The Casino of the Sun opened March 10, 1994. The Casino Del Sol opened to the public on October 10, 2001. The new casino also features the 4,400-seat Anselmo Valencia Tori Amphitheater (AVA). All gaming facilities are located southwest of Tucson.

Visitor Amenities

  • A full range of services is available in nearby Tucson

Special Tribal Events

  • Easter Ceremonies (start on Ash Wednesday and continue every Friday night for 7 weeks)
  • September 18 – Tribal Recognition Day


Pascua Yaqui Tribe
7474 South Camino de Oeste
Tucson, AZ 85757
Phone: (520) 883-5000
Fax: (520) 883-5014
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