Gila River Indian Community History
The Gila River Indian Community is an alliance of two tribes, the Akimel O'odham (Pima) and the Pee Posh (Maricopa). The Community was established by Executive Order in 1859 and formally established its own Constitution in 1939. The Gila River Indian Community covers more than 600 square miles and is the largest indigenous community in the Phoenix metropolitan area. The Gila River Indian Community borders such cities as Phoenix, Avondale, Mesa, and Casa Grande. In the last few years, with concentrated economic developments that led to a continuing increase of agricultural, industrial, and recreational activities, the "People of the River" significantly moved the Community from federal reliance toward greater self-sufficiency.
Gila River Gaming Enterprises owns and operates three casinos located in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Casinos include Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, Lone Butte Casino and Vee Quiva Casino. The Enterprise's newest casino, Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino, opened October 30, 2009 showcasing several unique amenities new to the valley, including the first Shula's Steak House. All three casinos are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino is located at the I-10 freeway on Wild Horse Pass Blvd (exit 162). This is the valley's biggest, closest and best casino!