Pueblo of Zuni

Leadership (updated February 2017) Contact Information
Val Panteah, Governor Address: PO Box 339, 1203B State Hwy 53
Birdena Sanchez, Lt. Governor                Zuni, NM 87327
Head Council - Wilfred Eriacho, Sr. Phone: 505-782-7000
Virginia Chavez, Council Member Website: http://www.ashiwi.org
Carlton Bowekaty, Council Member
Audrey Simplicio, Council Member
Eric Bobelu, Council Member
Arlen Quetawki, Sr., Council Member
GOVERNANCE: The Pueblo of Zuni are governed by a Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and six council members. Council members serve staggered four-year terms, and meet monthly. The Pueblo of Zuni is in Congressional District 1; Legislative District 7.
CONSTITUTION: To view the Pueblo of Zuni Constitution, adopted 1970, amended 2014, click here.

COMMUNITY PROFILE: Europeans first discovered Zuni territory in the 1500s. In 1680, Pueblos (including Zuni) in New Mexico planned and revolted against Spanish domination. After attacking and burning a Spanish Mission, the population of all Zuni villages sought refuge on the sacred mountain (Corn Mesa) until 1692. After the Spanish made peace with the Zuni, the people settled in what is now present-day Zuni Pueblo.  According the the 2010 Census, approximately 12,679 individuals live in the Zuni Pueblo in New Mexico. The main Reservation is 450,000 acres 150 miles west of Albuquerque. The tribe also has land in Catron County, New Mexico, and Apache County, Arizona. 

The Zuni have established programs to promote the unique spoken-only Zuni language into a written language form.  According to the Census, 86.7 percent of the Tribe speaks the Zuni language.

The Zuni Pueblo is an artist colony, with the main industry being inlay silverwork, stone fetish carving, pottery, and other artwork.