Coconino County, Arizona

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Located in northern Arizona, this county’s seat is in Flagstaff. The county encompasses Grand Canyon National Park as well as several Native reservations including parts of the Navajo Nation, the Hopi Nation, and the Hualapai Nation. The name Coconino comes from the Hopi word Cohonino, which refers to the Havasupai tribe.

There is evidence that thousands of years ago, nomadic peoples travelled up the Little Colorado River from the Great Plains into the Colorado Plateau area, which now makes up a large part of Coconino County. Currently, about 30% of the county's population is of Native American descent.

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"South Coyote Buttes, Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness, Arizona, USA, 2014" by Mark Doliner is licensed under CC BY.

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