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Melanie Antone, Museum Technician - Ak-Chin Him-Dak Museum CLN Tour 2014
In this photo, Him-Dak Museum’s Technician, Melanie Antone, gives CLN a complete tour through the beautiful museum displays while explaining the history and traditions of Ak-Chin Indian Community.

Cowboy Lifestyle Network visited and took a tour through the Ak-Chin Him Dak EcoMuseum & Archives in February 2014. Learn more about Ak-Chin Indian Community from past to present through CLN’s interactive timeline.

The mission statement of the Ak-Chin Him Dak EcoMuseum & Archives:

 “To promote the sharing of the past, the present and the future, to increase the awareness and perceptions of all members of the community to their evolving environment.”

300 A.D.-1450 A.D.
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300 A.D.-1450 A.D.

Pre-historic Hohokam Indians lived in the Ak-Chin region.
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O'Odham (Pima) baskets
1912
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1912

Ak-Chin Indian Community was created by executive order in 1912.
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Ak-Chin Indian Community Map Pinal County Arizona
1934
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1934

Establishment of the Ak-Chin Indian Community Tribal Government
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Under the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934, the tribe formally established the Ak-Chin Tribal Government by adopting the Ak-Chin Articles of Association and a set of By-Laws that were recognized by the first five-member Tribal Council of Ak-Chin; and by also receiving a corporate charter from the United States to conduct its affairs.
1961
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1961

Constitution and By-Laws of Ak-Chin (Papago)
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In 1961, the by-laws that help govern the Ak-Chin Indian Community were adopted with the Articles of Association.
1962
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1962

Ak-Chin Indian Community Seal
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The seal for the Ak-Chin Indian Community was drawn by Sylvester Smith and designed by Wilbert Carlyle.
1962
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1962

The beginning of the Ak-Chin Indian Community Farms Enterprise
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The Ak-Chin Indian Community Farms Enterprise began in 1962, and has been the number one source of income for the Community to this day.
1971
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1971

Establishment of the Ak-Chin Indian Community Industrial Park
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The Industrial Park was constructed in 1971. The park’s 109 acres are suitable for light and agriculture related industry.
1978
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1978

Ak-Chin Water Rights Settlement
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In 1978, the U.S. Congress enacted the Ak-Chin Water Rights Settlement (P.I....95-328), which authorized the Secretary of the Interior to construct a well field and pipeline system to deliver a temporary water supply to the reservation, until a long-term source of water could be secured.
1984
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1984

Enactment of P.L., 98-530 for Ak-Chin 75,000 acre-feet of Colorado River annually
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The Secretary discovered that legal availability of the intended source of the temporary supply of water was uncertain and that the cost of the planned well field was extremely high. On October 19, 1984, P.L.. 98-530 enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled , the revised settlement secured for Ak-Chin 75,000 acre-feet of Colorado River annually, delivered through the works of the Central Arizona Project.
1994
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1994

Grand opening of Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino
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Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino Opened on December 28, 1994. It is the first Indian gaming operation for Harrah’s. Managed under an agreement with Harrah’s Arizona Corporation, Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino is owned by the Ak-Chin Indian Community.
2002
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2002

Grand opening of Hickman's Farms egg ranch and facility at the Ak-Chin Industrial Park
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In 2002, Hickman’s Farms built an egg ranch at the Ak-Chin Industrial Park. The Hickman’s Egg Farm facility holds more than 200,000 chickens at a time for egg production.
2002
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2002

Grand opening of the Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club
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Built in 2002, Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club was designed by Fred Couples and Schmidt Curly golf course to offer an extremely unique and one of the finest playing surfaces in the world.
2006
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2006

Ak-Chin Indian Community purchases Phoenix Regional Airport and was renamed Ak-Chin Regional Airport
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The previously named Phoenix Regional Airport was purchased in 2006 and was renamed the Ak-Chin Regional Airport. The Ak-Chin Regional Airport is located near the Santa Cruz Commerce Center and is 170 acres with a 5,000 ft. runway. Renovations are scheduled for the airport building and runway.
2007
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2007

Renovations of the Industrial Park were completed in the Ak-Chin Indian Community
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Renovations of the Industrial Park were completed, which consisted of road improvements, landscaping, streetlights, utilities and water lines upgrades.
2009
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2009

Grand opening of O’ohon Neokeulid c Mascama Vemdada Ki (Ak-Chin Community Library and Education Center)
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In June 2009, O’ohon Neokeulid c Mascama Vemdada Ki (Ak-Chin Community Library and Education Center) was opened. Housing up-to-date computers, teen/youth areas, meeting rooms, books/magazines, education specialist offices and training/tutoring centers.
2010
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2010

Ak-Chin Indian Community purchased Royal Dunes and renamed the Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club
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In 2002 Royal Dunes was designed and built by Fred Couples and Schmidt Curley. It was purchased on July 1, 2010 by the Ak-Chin Indian Community and renamed the Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club. Golf Week Magazine has named the “ninth best in Arizona.”
2011
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2011

Grand opening of Ak-Chin Fire Station 561 Nada Cusdam Ki
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In May 2011, Ak-Chin Fire Department’s new station, Nada Cusdam Ki, officially opened with a ribbon cutting from the Ak-Chin Tribal Council. Fire Station 561 accommodates up to 12 firefighters per shift, modern facilities, housing for fire equipment and trucks. The fire station also includes a designated space for youth and explorer awareness.
2011
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2011

Hotel expansion to Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino & Resort
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In July 2011, a hotel expansion was made to Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino & Resort and officially opened for business. Featuring a five-floor building with 152 bedrooms and 5 suites. All rooms are equipped with granite counter tops, centralized media/technology hubs, walk-in showers and energy efficient lighting.
2011
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2011

Grand opening of the Ak-Chin Waste Water Treatment Facility
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August 2011, the Ak-Chin Waste Water Treatment Facility opened. In which, was a bonding project between Ak-Chin and Indian Health Service. The building was initiated to provide water and waste water system capacity for the community area and future development. Featuring state-of-the-art equipment and building to service the Ak-Chin community.
2012
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2012

Grand opening of the new Vekol Market in Ak-Chin
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The Ak-Chin Indian Community opened the new Vekol Market in April of 2012. Vekol Market includes a deli, a wide selection of groceries, culturally indigenous foods, a café, a patio with outside seating, and space for a farmer’s market.
2012
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2012

Renovation of the BIA Agent House as an extension of the Him-Dak Museum
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In June 2012, the renovation of the BIA Agent House became an extension of the Him-Dak Museum. Various items pertaining to the house are displayed.
2013
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2013

Ak-Chin Indian Community completed a multi-million dollar investment in Phoenix-based Quail Run Building Material
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On January 29, 2013, Ak-Chin Indian Community completed a multi-million dollar investment in Phoenix-based Quail Run Building Materials, Inc. Thus, allowing Ak-Chin Indian Community and Quail Run Building Materials, Inc. to move forward with plans to construct a manufacturing facility in the Santa Cruz Commerce Center, which is located on the Community’s reservation, near Maricopa, Arizona. Quail Run is a company that is Native American majority-owned and Veteran operated, while they have been in business since 1986.
2013
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2013

The Ak-Chin Indian Community completed a partnership agreement with the Arizona Rattlers for the 2013 season
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The Ak-Chin Indian Community completed a partnership agreement with the Arizona Rattlers for the 2013 season, which includes naming rights to the arena football team’s field – now Ak-Chin Field – as well as the Ak-Chin Indian Community’s seal prominently displayed on each end of the field and in additional spaces throughout the arena.
2013
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2013

Ak-Chin Indian Community made an investment of $10 million in the City of Maricopa
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During the May 7th Maricopa City Council meeting, Mayor Christian Price announced that the Ak-Chin Indian Community would be making an investment of $10 million in Maricopa. Of the $10 million investment, $2.6 million will support the Maricopa Unified School District and $7.4 million will be allocated to the operation of the City of Maricopa’s Copper Sky Recreational Complex, a multigenerational/aquatic center and regional park.
2012
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2012

Grand opening of the UltraStar Multi-Tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle.
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On November 14, 2012, Ak-Chin Indian Community rolled out the VIP red carpet for the grand opening of the UltraStar Multi-Tainment Center at Ak-Chin Circle.
2013
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2013

The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee announced its first major partnership for Super Bowl XLIX (49) with the Ak-Chin Indian Community.
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The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee announced its first major partnership for Super Bowl XLIX (49) with the Ak-Chin Indian Community. The Ak-Chin Indian Community’s ongoing commitment to bringing high-quality entertainment to the state and helping future generations compliments the Host Committee’s goals.
2014
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2014

Vekol Market gas pump project begins in Ak-Chin Indian Community
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Vekol Market gas pump project begins, allowing community members to gas up their vehicles with a swipe of a credit/debit card at any time, day or night.
2014
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2014

On February 15, 2014, Ak-Chin and CLN developed a new partnership to promote brand awareness of the Ak-Chin Indian Community
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On February 15, 2014, Ak-Chin Indian Community and CLN developed a new partnership to promote brand awareness of the Ak-Chin Indian Community and the Three Great Reasons (Harrah’s Ak-Chin Casino, UltraStar Multi-Tainment Center and Southern Dunes Golf Club) on multiple online platforms.
2014
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2014

Grand opening of Copper Sky Multigenerational / Aquatics Center / Regional Park in Maricopa, AZ
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On March 15, 2014, the City of Maricopa’s Copper Sky officially opens the 52,000 sq. ft. recreation center and Multigenerational / Aquatics Center / Regional Park to the public. All thanks to the Ak-Chin Indian Community for their investment in this project, and their commitment to regional partnerships.
2014
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2014

On February 11, 2014, CLN sponsored the Ak-Chin Indian Community Him-Dak Golf Classic at the Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club
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On February 11, 2014, CLN sponsored the Ak-Chin Indian Community Him-Dak Golf Classic at the Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club; in which, it was a great successful tournament.