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Pascua Yaqui Tribe

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe – State of Arizona Tribal Gaming Compact provides the opportunity for the Tribe to donate 12 percent of its annual contributions required by the Compact to cities, towns, or counties in Arizona for government services that benefit the general public. The Tribe endeavors to fund programs that address significant community needs.

At its 12 Percent Recognition Breakfast, Chairman Robert Valencia, Treasurer Raymundo Baltazar and Councilwomen Herminia Frias and Rosa Soto Alvarez, on behalf of the Tribal Council and the Tribe’s Casino Operations, awarded grants totaling $283,322 to the following organizations:

  • American Legion Cocio-Estrada Post 59
  • Angel Heart Pajama Project 
  • City of Tucson Ward 5 
  • Eagles Wings of Grace, Intl. 
  • Echoing Hope Ranch 
  • Emerge Center Against Domestic Abuse 
  • Frank Elementary PTO 
  • GAP Ministries 
  • Guadalupe Post 124 
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  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 
  • TUSD Borton Elementary School 
  • TUSD Lynn Urquides Elementary School 
  • TUSD Pistor Middle School 
  • TUSD Valencia Middle School 

The grants will be used by the organizations for capital improvement projects and various educational and social programs and initiatives.

“The Pascua Yaqui Tribe is committed to helping improve our community and the surrounding communities,” said Chairman Valencia. “We are thankful that we are able to help support so many important projects in and around Tucson and Guadalupe.”   

About The Pascua Yaqui Tribe 

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe is a federally recognized tribe of Yaqui Native Americans in southern Arizona encompassing five communities: New Pascua – the reservation, Old Pascua – in Tucson, 

Barrio Libre – South Tucson, Marana – northwest of Tucson, and Guadalupe – southeast suburb of Phoenix. The tribe gained recognition by the United States government on Sept. 18, 1978. The Pascua Yaqui people descended from the Yaqui people of Mexico who first settled in the United States near Nogales and south Tucson in the early 1800s. In the early 20th century, the tribe began to expand into settlements north of Tucson. There are approximately 22,000 registered members of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. For additional information, visit