San Carlos Apache Tribe

Leadership (updated Nnovember 2019) Contact Information
Terry Rambler, Chairman Address: PO Box "o"
Tao Etpison, Vice Chairman                San Carlos, AZ 85550
Bernadette Goode, Seven Mile District Council Member Phone: 928-475-2361
John Antonio Jr., Seven Mile District Council Member Website:
Fred Ferreira, Peridot District Council Member Health Department Director: David Reed <>
Dr. John Bush, Peridot District Council Member Education Department Executive Director: Flora Talas <
Velasquez Sneezy Sr., Gilson Wash District Council Member Tribal Historic Preservation Officer: Vernelda Grant <>
Simon Hooke, Gilson Wash District Council Member
Allred Pike Jr., Bylas District Council Member
Jonathan Kitcheyan, Bylas District Council Member
Ned Anderson Jr., Bylas District Council Member
GOVERNANCE: The San Carlos Apache Tribe is governed by a Chairman, Vice Chairman, and nine council members representing four districts. Council members serve staggered four-year terms, and meet on the first Tuesday of each month. The San Carlos Apache Tribe is in Congressional District 1; Legislative District 7.


COMMUNITY PROFILE: The traditional lands of the Apache Ndeh (The People) extended from Texas through New Mexico and Arizona into Mexico and California.  Over time, the many bands of Apache were forcibly relocated to reservations. The San Carlos Apache Reservation was established in 1871. According to the U.S. Census, approximately 6,927 individuals live on the San Carlos Apache Reservation--1.8 million acres spanning three counties in eastern Arizona. 

San Carlos Apache are known for their peridot jewelry and Apache basketry.  Peridot is the birthstone for August and San Carlos is home to the world's largest deposit of the crystal.

More than half (65 percent) of households speak a language other than English.* Roughly 32 percent of all members are under 18 years of age, and the median age for the tribe is 28.1, compared to 37.1 for the state of Arizona. The San Carlos Apache Tribe has a poverty rate of 48 percent, which is significantly higher than Arizona's 17.7 percent poverty rate. 

The Tribe operates Apache Gold Casino, a golf course, a commercial sawmill, a 500-acre farm, and cattle ranching operations.

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