District 7

District 7 sits in the western most part of the reservation at the base of the Estrella Mountains and is home to the Maricopa. In early days they grouped together in small bands living along the lower Gila and Colorado rivers. Each of these bands migrated eastward at different times. The last of these bands left the Colorado River in the late 1830’s. Eventually these bands came together and settled in the area.


The Maricopa of District 7 is known for their red clay pottery work. Various jars and bowls were created for essential needs, made of natural materials. The clay was collected at various locations within the area and natural dyes were used to depict geometrical designs. Maricopa pottery artwork can be viewed at the Community’s Hoohoogam Ki Museum, Phoenix’s Heard Museum and the Smithsonian Natual Museum of the American Indian.