About Us

Pascua Yaqui Tribe

The Yaqui people have a long history rich in cultural traditions. Their traditional and spiritual value systems are based on the integration of Christian teaching with longstanding Yaqui ceremonies and beliefs. They are descendents of the ancient Uto-Aztecan people with homelands in Sonora, Mexico of which over 30,000 of them still reside. For nearly 200 years they fought the Spaniards and Mexicans to preserve the Yaqui way of life. In the 1800s, many of the Yaqui escaped persecution by traveling northward and settling in current-day Southern Arizona. In 1978 they received federal recognition as a sovereign nation and created their reservation community southwest of Tucson at New Pascua. Today there are 17,000 enrolled members and they’re still growing!

The Yaqui are energetic, self-determined people that have effectively exercised their sovereignty to meet the needs of their people. The tribe provides critical programs and services focused on health, housing, education, and public safety. Facilities include a senior center, clinic, recreation center, and Head Start program for younger children. The tribe also provides police protection and fire services to the reservation and surrounding community. In the future they look forward to having a wellness center, library, education center, and a park.

By enjoying their casino and entertainment facilities, you enable these programs and services. All revenues provided to the tribe from their enterprises go to government administration and services; none go to individual per capita payments. The Pascua Yaqui Tribe hopes that you will come visit their casinos, restaurants, gas station, smoke shop, and entertainment venues and support the advancement of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe!