The modern Yavapai-Apache Nation is the combination of two distinct tribal people. The Yavapai people refer to themselves as the Wipuka’hah (at bottom of the mountain) and the Apache as Dil’zhe’e (the hunters). Both tribes lived in the Verde Valley and surrounding country for centuries. Under the 1934 Indian Reorganization Act, the combined groups became a federally recognized tribe. Today the Yavapai-Apache Nation in a sovereign Nation.
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