White Mountain Apache Tribe

Leadership (updated August 2017) Contact Information
Ronnie Lupe, Chairman Address: 201 E. Walnut St.
Kasey Velasquez, Vice Chairman                Whiteriver, AZ 85941
Arnold Beach, District 1 Council Member (- 2020) Phone: 928-338-4346
Tony Alsenay, District 1 Council Member ( - 2018) Website: http://www.wmat.nsn.us
Colleen Faden, District 2 Council Member ( - 2018)
Jerold Altaha, District 2 Council Member ( - 2020)
Ralph Thomas, District 3 Council Member ( - 2020)
Floyd Walker, District 3 Council Member ( - 2018)
Alvena Alekay Bush, District 4 Council Member ( - 2018)
Everett Massey, District 4 Council Member ( - 2020)
Jerome Kasey III, District 4 Council Member ( - 2018)
GOVERNANCE: The White Mountain Apache Tribe is governed by a Chairman, Vice Chairman, and nine council members representing four districts. Council members serve staggered four-year terms.  Elections are held for council members every two years; elections for the Chair and Vice Chair are held every four years. Council meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month. The White Mountain Apache Tribe resides in Congressional District 1; Legislative District 7.
CONSTITUTION: To view the constitution of the White Mountain Apache Tribe, adopted 1993, click here.

COMMUNITY PROFILE: The traditional lands of the Apache Ndeh (The People) extended from Texas through New Mexico and Arizona into Mexico and California. Bands of Apache hunted, fished, farmed, and traded throughout the region. Over time, the many bands of Apache were forcibly relocated to reservations. In 1891 the Fort Apache Indian Reservation was established, now known as the White Mountain Apache Reservation. Fort Apache originally included the San Carlos Apache Reservation, but was separated by an act of Congress in 1897. 

According to the Census, approximately 13,409 individuals live on White Mountain Apache Tribal land, located in east-central Arizona. The Reservation covers 1.67 million acres, with elevations ranging from 2,600 feet in the Salt River Canyon to 11,400 feet at the peak of Mount Baldy (a sacred peak to the White Mountain Apache Tribe). 

The White Mountain Apache Tribe is a young community, with a median age of 24.1 (compared to 35.9 for the state of Arizona).* Less than half of households are traditional married-couple families (39.6 percent), with the majority of tribal members (68.9 percent) speaking a language other than English. The Tribe has a significantly high poverty rate (44 percent compared to 15 percent for the state of Arizona). In terms of occupation, the majority of workers (more than 66 percent) work for government.

The Tribe operates Hon-Dah Casino, Sunrise Park Ski Resort, and Fort Apache Timber Company. 

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