The Ysleta del Sur Pueblo ("the Pueblo") is a U.S. federally recognized Native American tribe and sovereign nation. The Tribal community known as "Tigua" established Ysleta del Sur in 1682. After leaving the homelands of Quarai Pueblo due to drought the Tigua sought refuge at Isleta Pueblo and were later captured by the Spanish during the 1680 Pueblo Revolt and forced to walk south for over 400 miles. The Tigua settled and built the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo and soon after built the acequia (canal) system that sustained a thriving agricultural based community. The Tribe's early economic and farming efforts helped pave the way for the development of the region. The Tribe maintains its traditional political system and ceremonial practices and continues to flourish as a Pueblo community. Tribal enrollment is over 1,600 citizens and 1,500 descendants.
The Pueblo continues to be an active participant in the regional business community. The Tribe has business systems that support its economic endeavors and also provide resources for the Pueblo's unique community and cultural needs. The Pueblo owns and operates a diverse set of Tribal enterprises that provide employment for both tribal members and the region. Income from these businesses is used to fund essential community services, such as health care, education, law enforcement, tribal courts, elder assistance, housing, economic development, infrastructure improvements, and provide for the general welfare of the Tribe. This system helps advance the Tribe toward self-determination and self-governance.
Ysleta del Sur Pueblo is strategic in setting its economic goals and at the same time does not lose site or perspective that for over 330 years it has been a struggle to maintain the Pueblo's core values, the gifts of culture and tradition; the teachings of our ancestors and sustain lands and resources. To accomplish its goals, the Tribe is currently engaged in Nation Building processes and several economic and community development initiatives designed to be mutually-beneficial to the Pueblo and to the vecinos (neighbors), customers and companies that work closely with the Pueblo. It seeks to promote balance and prosperity, not only for the Tribe, but also for the stakeholders who play a crucial role in the Pueblo economy.
Thank you for taking the time to visit our website and learn about our history, our community, and about the services and products available from Tigua enterprises. We urge you to explore the calendar of events so that you might also plan a visit to the Pueblo to attend cultural and other events.