Yavapai-Apache Nation

Leadership (updated February 2017) Contact Information
Jane Russell Winiecki, Chairwoman Address: 2400 W. Datsi St. 
Larry Jackson, Sr., Vice Chairman                Camp Verde, AZ 86322
David Kwail, Council Member Phone:    928-567-1021
Cindy Nahee, Council Member Website: http://yavapai-apache.org
Rachel Hood, Council Member
Billy Garner, Council Member
Jaime Valles, Council Member
Siera Russell, Council Member
Annette Mendez, Council Member
GOVERNANCE: The Executive branch is comprised of the Chairman and Vice Chairman. Each position is elected by the tribal membership to serve a three-year term. The Chairman and Vice Chairman are not only part of the Tribal Council, but also responsible for having direct oversight of the Nation’s departments, programs and staff. The Legislative branch is comprised of the Tribal Council. The Tribal Council is elected by the tribal membership and consists of the Chairman, Vice Chairman and seven Tribal Council members. Council members serve staggered terms. The Legislative branch is responsible for developing laws, codes and ordinances and representing the Nation. The Yavapai-Apache Nation resides in Congressional District 1; Legislative District 6.
CONSTITUTION: To view the constitution of the Yavapai-Apache Nation, adopted 1992, click here.

COMMUNITY PROFILE: The Yavapai-Apache Nation is made up of two distinct people: the Yavapai, who refer to themselves as Wipuhk'a'bah and speak the Yuman language; and the Apache, who refer to themselves as Dil'zhe'e and speak the Athabaskan language. 

The Yavapai were semi-nomadic hunter-gatherers, while bands of Apache hunted, fished, farmed, and traded throughout the region. Over time, Euro-American insurgency led to the forced relocation of the Yavapai and Apache to the Rio Verde Reserve, and then to San Carlos. The Nation was formed in 1934 in an effort by the federal government to establish a single tribe in the Upper Verde Valley. 

According to the Census, approximately 718 individuals live on Yavapai-Apache Tribal land in Verde Valley.* The Nation is comprised of five tribal communities: Tunlii, Middle Verde, Rimrock, Camp Verde, and Clarkdale. There are approximately 203 occupied housing units on the Reservation. The Nation is made up of diverse households, less than half of households are traditional married-couple families (42.9 percent). In terms of occupation, the majority of workers (61.7 percent) work for the government. 

The Tribe operates Cliff Castle Casino and Hotel in Camp Verde, Arizona. 

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