The Tonto Apache Tribe has inhabited this area since long before Payson existed. A hardy and determined group of people who refused to be driven out in the classic Indian Wars of the 1800s, the Tonto Apaches, under the guidance of Chief Milton Campbell, worked hard to acquire the present reservation land in the 1970s.
With the construction and opening of the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino, the Tonto Apaches have found themselves in a position to greatly improve their quality of life, school, health and business opportunities, and to contribute significantly to charitable causes in Payson and the surrounding Arizona Rim Country area.
An Employee Outreach Program of Mazatzal Hotel & Casino and Tonto Apache Enterprises
Frybread for Families, Inc. is an employee outreach program of Mazatzal Hotel & Casino and the Tonto Apache Tribal Enterprises dedicated to helping families in the greater Payson community. In 2011 the organization became a 501c3 corporation. The Frybread for Families Team raises funds primarily through frybread sales.
In 2013 Frybread for Families invited local non-profit organizations to join forces to help provide Christmas to local families in need. This collaborative group became the NPCT, or Non-profits Coming Together, and has been active in the community for four years. Frybread for Families and NPCT host a Family Christmas Carnival at the Mazatzal Hotel & Casino Event Center for qualifying families, and all children receive gifts of clothing and toys. In 2016, approximately 75 families will benefit from the 2016 NPCT Christmas Program.