White Mountain Apache Tribe

Leadership (updated November 2019) Contact Information
Gwendena Lee-Gatewood, Chairwoman Address: 201 E. Walnut St.
Jerome Kasey III, Vice Chairman                Whiteriver, AZ 85941
Arnold Beach Sr., District I Council Member (- 2020) Phone: 928-338-4346
Travis J. Tessay Sr. , District I Council Member ( - 2022) Website: http://whitemountainapache.org/
Renaldo Carl Dazen, District II Council Member ( - 2022) Director, Division of Health Programs: Jessica Rudolfo <jessicarudolfo@wmat.us>
Jerold Altaha, District II Council Member ( - 2020) Director, Education: Kyle Goklish <kylegoklish@wmat.us>
Ralph Thomas, District III Council Member ( - 2020) Higher Education Coordinator: Derrick Leslie <derrickleslie@wmat.us>
Alvin DeClay Sr., District III Council Member ( - 2022) Tribal Historic Preservation Officer: Mark Altaha <markaltaha@wmat.us>
Alvena Alekay Bush, District IV Council Member ( - 2022)
Everett Massey, District IV Council Member ( - 2020)
Gary Alchesay, District IV Council Member ( - 2022)
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 13,723 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 26.5 (compared to 37.1 for the state of Arizona).* About half of households are traditional married-couple families (51 percent), with the majority of households (78 percent) speaking a language other than English. The Tribe has a significantly high poverty rate (43 percent compared to 17.7 percent for the state of Arizona). In terms of occupation, the majority of workers work for government.

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

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