When it was established in 1935,the Yavapai Prescott Indian Reservation occupied only 75 acres of the former Fort Whipple Military Reserve in central Arizona. The first reservation established solely for the Yavapai, it continued to grow with the 1956 addition of 1,320 acres.
The tribe’s rich history dates back centuries, when the women wove intricate baskets and the men were largely hunters and gathers. The tribe’s first chief was Sam Jimulla, succeeded by his wife Viola. She was the first woman chieftess among North American Indians.
There are three primary groups of Yavapai existing today – they are located at Fort McDowell, Camp Verde and Prescott.