Tohono O'odham Nation
Visitors should know that the Tohono O’odham Nation is treated as a sovereign nation by the Federal government. The Tohono O’odham Nation enforces its own code of laws: all Federal laws and regulations are enforced on Indian lands. The Tohono O’odham Nation coordinates with and enters into agreements with Pima County and the State of Arizona in certain operations that cross jurisdictions, including enforcement of traffic laws and protection of the U.S. international border.
The Tohono O’odham Nation has passed ordinances to protect archaeological and cultural properties on its Nation’s lands. Collecting artifacts and/or vandalizing archaeological sites are strictly prohibited. It is also unlawful to collect protected plants and animals, especially those species used by the Tohono O’odham in their traditional cultural practices.
Off road exploration is prohibited. The 11 Districts that make up the Tohono O’odham Nation require visitors to contact the District office if they wish to tour District lands.
Visitors who photograph or film need to secure the permission of their subjects. Professional photographers and cinematographers need to contact the office of the Chairperson of the Nation for permission to film on Nation’s lands. Click here for contact information.
The desert is a fragile place, and we ask you to respect and help us protect our lands and cultural heritage.
11 Tohono O'odham Nation Districts