Hualapai Tribe

Leadership (updated March 2018) Contact Information
Dr. Damon R. Clarke, Chairman (2016-2020) Address: PO Box 179
Philbert Watahomigie Sr., Vice Chairman (2016-2020)                941 Hualapai Way
William Clay Bravo, Council Member (2016-2020)                Peach Springs, AZ 86434
Stewart M. Crozier, Council Member (2016-2020) Phone:    928-769-2216
Shelton Scott Crozler, Council Member (2014-2018) Website:  http://hualapai-nsn.gov
Carrie Imus, Council Member (2014-2018) Director of Health Administration: Sandra Irwin <sirwin@hualapai-nsn.gov>
Marietta Jean Pagilawa, Council Member (2014-2018) Education Director: Leon Ghahate <lghahate@hualapai-nsn.gov>
Shawna Havatone, Council Member (2016-2020) Education Coordinator: Janelle Tapija <hualapaieducationdepartment@gmail.com>
Emma Tapija, Council Member (2014-2018) Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Department of Cultural Resources: Peter Bungart <peter.bungart@circaculture.com>
GOVERNANCE: The Hualapai Tribe is governed by a Chairman, Vice Chairman, and seven council members.  All Tribal Council members serve four-year terms. Per the Constitution, the Tribal Council meets the first Saturday of each month. The Hualapai Tribe is in Congressional District 1; Legislative District 7.

CONSTITUTION AND RESEARCH PROTOCOL: 

To view the Constitution of Hualapai Tribe, amended 1955, click here.

Click the following to learn more about the Tribe's Cultural Heritage Resource Ordinance

COMMUNITY PROFILE: The Hualapai Tribe, "People of the Tall Pines," are a federally recognized Tribe in northwestern Arizona. In 1874, the United States military forcibly relocated hundreds of Hualapai to the Colorado River Indian Reservation in Parker, Arizona (called La Paz). Many died in the two week march or later due to disease and starvation during their yearlong internment.  In 1875, survivors escaped imprisonment and returned to their lands in northwestern Arizona. Each year, the Tribe holds the Hualapai La Paz Trail of Tears Run to commemorate those survivors and their perserverance. The Hualapai Reservation was established by executive order in 1883.

According to the U.S. Census, approximately 1,567 individuals live on the Hualapai Reservation in Arizona, approximately 108 miles along the Grand Canyon and Colorado River. Its elevations range from 1,500 feet to more than 7,300 feet.  As a result, the topography ranges from grassland to forests and canyons. 

The Hualapai Tribe is very young: more than half (70 percent) of households have children under age 18, and the median age for the tribe is 23.*  Traditional husband-wife families make up 34 percent of all households, and households headed by a single female make up more than half of all family households. The Tribe has a median household income of $36,430, and Hualapai families have a significantly high (41 percent) poverty rate. More than half (57 percent) of households speak a language other than English.

The primary economic activity of the Tribe is tourism, cattle ranching, and arts and crafts.  The location of the Reservation is prime for hunting, fishing and river rafting. The Tribe sells big game hunting permits, and operates the Hualapai River Runners, the only Indian-owned and operated river rafting company on the Colorado River. The Tribe also operates Grand Canyon West - a tourist location that includes "Skywalk," a glass bridge that allows tourists to walk beyond the rim of the Grand Canyon at 4,000 feet above the Colorado River. 

*All Statistics are from the 2011-2015 American Community Survey, 5-Year Estimates.