O'odham Himdag (Culture)

Gila River Indian Community

The Gila River Indian Community is home to the Akimel O’odham. It is comprised of 371,840 acres of land with approximately 12,000 registered members.

The Gila River Indian Community call themselves Akimel (River) Oʼodham as they lived along the Gila River of Central Arizona. The Akimel Oʼodham of this area often refer to themselves and to others as Pima Indians. The community is comprised mostly of Akimel Oʼodham with one of their political districts beign comprised of a small group of Maricopa Indians. The small number of Maricopa (or Peeposh as they are commonly referred to) were not a large enough group for the United States Indian Agency to justify establishing a reservation in the 1800ʼs and therefore included them as part of the membership of their larger neighboring tribal group of Pima Indians, hence the name of Gila River Indian Community. Traditionally, the Gila River Indian Community farmers planted their crops along the Gila River valley. The GRIC continue to practice farming on a commercial level and have a thriving gaming, resort, entertainment industry as well as aggressive retail sector near the southern Phoenix area.

Below you will find a few weblinks pertinent to Gila River Indian Community:

Image below depicts placement and size of Gila River Indian Commuunity in relation to the State of Arizona. The Tribal flag is at the top left: the tribal seal is on the top right.