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  • NATIONAL ARCHIVES AND RECORDS ADMINISTRATION

Several San Carlos Apaches work on an irrigation ditch in 1871. In the 20th century, tribal land became a significant source of peridot, a gem…

  • WILLIAM ASCARZA / FOR THE ARIZONA DAILY STAR

Green peridot like this is fashioned in jewelry. It is found on the San Carlos Indian Reservation.

  • William Ascarza Special To The Arizona Daily Star

Arizona has a rich history involving aboriginal mining, sometimes digging for minerals and other times scouring the Earth's surface.