TUCSON (TOO-sahn) lies in the borderland region of the United States and Mexico, and is situated in the homelands of the Tohono O’odham nation.  The name derives from the O’odham chukson (spellings vary), meaning black basin place or black stone place, referring to the volcanic outcroppings of Sentinel Peak, also known as “A” Mountain.  The site at the base of the peak, adjoining the Santa Cruz River, has been home to O’odham peoples for centuries.

The state of Arizona is home to 22 federally recognized tribes, whose lands comprise 36% of the land base. For more information on Native peoples, communities, and issues, see ArizonaNativeNet and the website of ITCA, the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona.

The WEATHER is mild nearly all year, just right for a variety of outdoor activities.

To access comprehensive information about Tucson, go to the Metropolitan Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau.