Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

Leadership (updated February 2017) Contact Information
Delbert Ray, President Address: 10005 E. Osborn Road
Martin Harvier, Vice President                Scottsdale, AZ 85256
Jenelle Howard, District 1 Council Member Phone:    480-362-7440
Archie Kashoya, District 1 Council Member Website:  http://www.srpmic-nsn.gov
David Antone, District 1 Council Member
Ricardo Leonard, District 1 Council Member
Thomas Largo Sr., District 1 Council Member
Deanna Scabby, District 2 Council Member
Michael Dallas, District 2 Council Member
GOVERNANCE: The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community is governed by a President, Vice President, and seven council members representing two districts. Tribal Council members serve staggered four-year terms, with elections held the first Tuesday in September in even-numbered years. The Tribal Council meets monthly, date to be determined. The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community is in Congressional District 6; Legislative District 26.
CONSTITUTION: To view the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Constitution, adopted 1940, amended 2005, click here.

COMMUNITY PROFILE: Two tribes make up the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community: the Pima ("Akimel Au-Authm" or River People); and the Maricopa ("Xalychidom Pipaash" or People Who Live Toward the Water). The two tribes originally banded together for protection against the Yuman and Apache Tribes. 

The Pima are descendants of the Hohokam, an ancient civilization that farmed the Salt River Valley using elaborate canal irrigation techniques that are still used today.  The Pima are known for their intricate, watertight basket-weaving.

The Maricopa people were small bands that migrated east from the Colorado River. The Maricopa are known for their red clay pottery. When the Salt River Indian Community formed a Reservation in 1879, it included both tribes within its boundaries.

According to the 2010 Census, approximately 6,289 individuals live in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, a sovereign community bounded by the cities of Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, and Fountain Hills. The Community holds 52,600 acres, 19,000 of which are held as a natural preserve. Approximately 12,000 acres produce cotton, melons, potatoes, onions, broccoli, and carrots. 

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community is a young community, with 30 percent of its members under the age of 18.* Diverse households are twice as likely as the state to be multigenerational. Traditional husband-wife families make up 50 percent of all households, and more than one-third of households are headed by a single female. 

The Community operates two casinos as well as Talking Stick Resort and Spa, and Talking Stick Golf Club. Other enterprises include a commercial landfill, Salt River Materials Group that provides construction aggregates, Salt River Financial Services, and Saddleback Communications, among others. 

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