ABOUT TONTO APACHE TRIBAL ENTERPRISES
The Tonto Apache Tribe have lived in what in now Arizona since the 1600’s. They migrated with the change of seasons across a large territory, covering the area south from Flagstaff and Winslow to the Mogollon Rim and into Tonto Basin. The Tonto Apaches spent winters in camps in the Tonto Basin and summers in the Rim Country, where they gardened, gathered wild plants and hunted.
The discovery of gold in the Black Mountains in 1863 brought large numbers of white men to the area. The Apaches fought to protect their land until, greatly outnumbered and exhausted they surrendered in the 1870’s at Camp Verde. The Tonto Apaches were placed on a reservation in Camp Verde, where they lived with the Yavapai Indians until the reservation was dissolved in 1885. The Yavapai and Tonto Apaches were marched to the San Carlos Reservation in the south. Many perished on the march from disease, starvation and cold. After Geronimo was captured in 1886 and the guards left the San Carlos Reservation, a small band of Tonto Apaches made the long walk back to the Rim Country after 20 years in exile. It was difficult for them to return to the old way of life as settlers occupied many of their garden areas and hunting sites. They lived for a time on “Indian Hill” north of Payson, then in Rye, and finally in an area directly west from the existing reservation, south of the town of Payson. The Tonto Apaches were under pressure from the government to return to the San Carlos reservation. The Tonto Apaches built shacks from mill scraps and lived without running water and electricity. Some found work in the surrounding area. Under the leadership of Chief Melton Campbell and with the support of other including Pastor Jesse Martin, Nan Pyle (benefactor), Attorney Joe Sparks and Doris Sturges, a reporter for the Arizona Republic, the Tonto Apaches worked tirelessly for recognition and ultimately were officially Federally recognized as a tribe on Oct 6. 1972. On May 31, 1974 the 85 acre reservation was signed by President Nixon for the use and benefit of the Tonto Apache Tribe.
Today the Tonto Apache Tribe proudly owns and operates several businesses including the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino, Tonto Apache Gym and Tonto Apache Market.
The Tonto Apache Tribal Market, Smoke Shop, and Gas Station are located just south of the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino on Highway 87. It's much more than a convenience store, selling groceries, beer, tax-free cigarettes, gasoline, and much more. For more information: (928) 474-3988.
Monday - Saturday 6:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Sundays 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Get In Shape. Get In Gear. Get In Here!
Indoor Pool & New Machines!
- $5 Per Person/Day
- $35 Per Person/Monthly
- 2 for 1 Saturdays!
Monday - Thursday: 6:00AM - 8:30PM
Friday: 6:00AM - 8:00PM
Saturday: 10:00AM - 6:00PM
Closed for Holidays & Tribal Events.
Monday - Friday:
9:00AM - 10:00AM & 5:30PM - 6:30PM
Tuesday: 5:30PM - 6:30PM
Thursday: 5:30PM - 6:30PM
Tuesday & Thursday: 8:00AM - 9:00AM
For more information: (928) 474-7093
MAZATZAL HOTEL & CASINO • "CLOSE ENOUGH TO GET AWAY FROM IT ALL!"
PHONE - 800-777-PLAY
STREET ADDRESS - HIGHWAY 87, MILE MARKER 251 • PAYSON, AZ 85541
MAILING ADDRESS - PO BOX 1820 • PAYSON, AZ 85547
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