About Ak-Chin


The Ak-Chin Indian Community is nestled into the Santa Cruz Valley of Southern Arizona. The Community lies 58 miles south of Phoenix in the northwestern part of Pinal County.

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Tribal Council

Ak-Chin Tribal Council serves as the governing body for the community.

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About our
Community

Ak-Chin is an O'odham word translated to mean "mouth of the wash" or "place where the wash loses itself in the sand or ground." The term refers to a type of farming that relies on washes – seasonal food-plains created by winter snows and summer rains.

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Ak-Chin Tribal Enterprises

Industrial Park

The Industrial Park started through Resolution A-30-72. The construction of the Industrial Park was started under an EDA Grant. Resolution A-8-74 formed an Industrial Development Committee.

The Industrial Park has undergone renovations for the past two years. Renovations consisted of upgrading water lines, utilities, road improve-ments, street lights, and landscaping. Renovations were completed in 2007.

The Industrial Park Board is currently developing a marketing plan and a deep well project is on its way to provide a second water source for the Industrial Park.

 

Ak-Chin Farms Enterprise

Ak-Chin Farms Enterprise employs 84 employees with cotton as the principal crop. Barley, potatoes, alfalfa and corn are also grown among the 16,000 acres cultivated by Ak-Chin Farms. Of total tribal income, $9.7 million comes from the 16,000-acre farmlands.

 

Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino & Resort

Opened in December 28, 1994, Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino is owned by the Ak-Chin Community managed under an agreement with Harrah's Arizona Corporation.

 

Hickman's Egg Farm

In 2002 Hickman's Farms built an egg ranch at the Ak-Chin Industrial park. The facility holds 230,000 chickens for egg production.

Ak-Chin Seal

In 1961, the Articles of Association, the by-laws that help govern the Ak-Chin Indian Community, were adopted. The following year the seal for the Ak-Chin Indian Community was designed by Wilbert "Buddy" Carlyle and drawn by Sylvester Smith. The Symbols used in this seal represent the ideals upon which the Ak-Chin Indian Community is based.

The Arrow represents the Ak-Chin Indian Community as Native Americans

The Scales represent equality and justice to the Community

The Rising Sun represents our belief in a brighter tomorrow

The Lightning represents inspiration and energy to uphold the ideals of the Community