Colorado River Indian Tribes

Leadership (updated August 2017) Contact Information
Dennis Patch, Chairman Address: 26600 Mohave Road
Keith Moses, Vice Chairman                Parker, AZ 85344
Valerie Welsh-Tahbo, Treasurer Phone:   928-669-9211
Amelia Flores, Secretary Website: http://www.crit-nsn.gov
Johnny Hill, Jr., Council Member
Herman "T.J." Laffoon, Council Member
Robert "Bobby" Page, Council Member
Granthum Stevens, Council Member
Johnson "J.D." Fisher, Council Member
GOVERNANCE: The Tribal government is led by a nine member Tribal Council, selected by bi-annual votes of the Tribal membership. Council members serve staggered 4-year terms, and elections are held in December in even-numbered years.. The Council meets the second Saturday of each month. The Colorado River Indian Tribes reside in Congressional District 4; Legislative District 5. 
CONSTITUTION AND RESEARCH CODE:

COMMUNITY PROFILE: The Colorado River Indian Tribes include the Mohave, Chemehuevl, Hopi, and Navajo.  The federal government established the Colorado River Indian Tribes Reservation in 1865 originally for the Mohave and Chemehuevl people that had lived along the Colorado River for hundreds of years.  The Mohave have farmed the Colorado River basin for more than 800 years, while the Chemehuevl were a nomadic tribe that inhabited the east branch of the Colorado River and farmed on a smaller scale.  People of the Hopi and Navajo were relocated to the Reservation in 1945. Although the four Tribes share the Reservation and function as one political unit, each Tribe observes its own unique traditions, religions, and customs. According to the 2010 Census, approximately 7,077 individuals live on the Colorado River Indian Tribe Reservation in Arizona (a 23.1 percent decrease in population from the year 2000).

The Colorado River Indian Tribes Reservation is located in western Arizona and spans into California.  The Reservation is nearly 300,000 acres, including 90 miles of river shoreline along the Colorado River. The river is primarily used for irrigated farming. The primary community on the Reservation is located in Parker, Arizona. Located twelve miles south of Parker is Poston, Arizona, the site of one of the United States' largest Japanese internment camps, now home to an historic monument and museum. 

The Colorado River Indian Tribes population is very young, with 30 percent of all members under 18 years of age.* The proportion 65 years and older is just 12 percent, compared to 32.6 percent for La Paz County. The median age for the Tribes is 33, compared to a median age of 54 for the County.  In terms of ethnicity, 40 percent of Tribal members self-identify as Hispanic or Latino.

The Colorado River Indian Tribes are made up of diverse households.  Households are more likely to be multigenerational compared to the state of Arizona as a whole.  Traditional husband-wife families make up 42 percent of all households, and households headed by a single female are 20 percent of all households. Colorado River Indian Tribe families have a significantly high poverty rate (31.4 percent). Female-headed households with children are highly likely to live in poverty (61.1 percent of households with children under 18). The median household income for the Colorado River Tribes is $29,327.

The primary economic activity of the Tribes is agriculture. Today the Tribes harvest cotton, alfalfa, and sorghum.  The Tribes also operate Blue Water Resort and Casino, and their Fish and Game Department manages tourist activities along the Colorado River. 

*All statistics are from the 2006-2010 American Community Survey, 5-Year Estimates.