Fort Mojave Indian Tribe

Leadership (updated August 2017) Contact Information
Timothy Williams, Chairman Address: 500 Merriman Avenue
Shan Lewis, Vice Chairman                 Needles, CA 92363
Colleen Garcia, Secretary Phone:    760-629-4591
Martha McCord, Council Member Website:  http://mojaveindiantribe.com
Nichole Garcia, Council Member
Johnny Hemmers, Council Member
Norvin McCord, Council Member
GOVERNANCE: The Fort Mojave Indian Tribe is governed by a Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, and four council members. Council members hold staggered 3-year terms, with elections held yearly in June. Council meetings are held the second Saturday of every month. The Fort Mojave Indian Tribe is in Congressional District 4; Legislative District 5.
CONSTITUTION: To view the Tribe's full Constitution, adopted March 1957, amended October 1957, click here.

COMMUNITY PROFILE: Mojave Indians are known as "The People by the River" (Pipa Aha Macav). Once the largest concentration of people in the Southwest, they developed well established trade networks and prosperous farms. In 1859, the United States government built a military outpost on the east bank of the Colorado River which later became known as Fort Mojave. The Fort closed in 1891 and was transformed into a boarding school. Today, the ruins of Fort Mojave are an historical landmark. 

According to the 2010 Census, there are approximately 1,000 individuals living on the Fort Mojave Reservation in Arizona. The Reservation is located along the Colorado River and spans nearly 42,000 acres in Arizona, California, and Nevada.  The majority of those acres (23,669) are in Mojave County, Arizona; 12,633 acres are adjacent to Needles, California; and 5,582 acres are in Nevada. 

The age structure of the Fort Mojave Indian Tribe reveals an older community where nearly one-quarter of the population is over the age of 65.*  The median age for the Tribe is 38.6, compared to a median age of 35.9 for Arizona as a whole.  More than one-quarter of the population identifies as Hispanic or Latino, and approximately 18 percent of the community speaks a language other than English. 

The median household income for the Fort Mojave Tribe is $33,594. The Tribe operates Avi Kwa'Ame Farms, which primarily produces cotton.  The Tribe also operates Avi Resort and Casino in Laughlin, Nevada.

*All Statistics are from the 2006-2010 American Community Survey, 5-year Estimates.