Yavapai-Apache Nation

Mailing Address

2400 W. Datsi Street
Camp Verde, AZ 86322

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Cultural History

The history of the Yavapai-Apache nation goes back to the date of February 25, 1875 when the United States Army acted upon the Executive Order from the President. They transferred 1,500 people of the Yavapai and Dilhe's Apach tribes from the Rio Verde Indian Reserve which is 180 miles away to the Indian Agency at San Carlos. Many people died due to the forced removal of the indigenous people of the Verde Valley. They also lost the treaty lands that United States promised to the Yavapai Apache. 

Through the rivers, mountainous terrain and bad weather, the Yavapai people were forced to march. They were directed by the Indian Commissioner L.E. Dudley and U.S. Army troops.  He chose to let the elders, women as well as children walk the narrow canyon trails and mountainous terrain instead of using the wagon roads that were used for better transport. The journey was a very hard trial for them. They walked until they arrived to San Carlos; a very long walk.

For 25 years, the Yavapai and Dilzhe's Apache stayed in an internment camp at San Carlos. After their release, only 200 people were able to go back to Verde Valley, their homeland. Unfortunately, after those years of waiting for the release, they found out that Anglo settlers had already inhabited their homeland. There was no place for them anymore. Verde Valley was their homeland but they could not find any place to stay.

The Yavapai-Apache Nation originally came from the Verde Valley Arizona and it is a Native American tribe. The members of this tribe have two culturally distinct backgrounds and can speak two different and indigenous languages. The Pai are the Yuman-speaking peoples where Yavapai's roots can be traced. There is also a relation between the Athapaskan background and other Apache groups to the east.  

The span of Yavapai and Apache history in via Verde is several hundred years. There were two indigenous groups that also exist aside from them and since 1934; they were considered as one tribal nation.  

There are establishments that are located on the reservation in Camp Verde. Middle Verde, Clark It is located at about 90 miles north of Phoenix and 50 miles south of Flagstaff, along Interstate 17. These establishments are the Yavapai-Apache Tribal Administration Complex, Tribal Court, Council Chambers, and Cliff Castle Casino. In the four communities of Camp Verde, Clark Dale, and Rimrock, the reservation today spans 665 acres.

Today, they are promoting these sites to invite people to visit their place. It is their way of earning money for the benefit of their tribe and its people as well. Despite all the struggles that they have experienced, their tribe is continually growing in numbers and they are experience the advantage of their sovereignty. It is true that victory comes to the deserving. Just like other tribes, they also experienced to be under control of other government. Fortunately, they were able to pass through all of those hardships. 

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