Pueblo of Zuni

Leadership (updated January 2021) Contact Information
Val Panteah, Governor Address: PO Box 339, 1203B State Hwy 53
Carleton R. Bowekaty, Lt. Governor                Zuni, NM 87327
Virginia R. Chavez, Head Council Phone: 505-782-7000
Ricky R. Penketewa Sr., Council Member Website: http://www.ashiwi.org
Arden Kucate, Council Member Program Manager, Zuni Wellness Center: Carleton Albert Sr. <carleton.albertsr@ashiwi.org>
Cylde Yatsatti, Council Member Education Director: Bernadette Panteah <bernadette.panteah@ashiwi.org>
Eric Bobelu, Council Member  
Arlen Quetawki, Sr., Council Member  
GOVERNANCE: The Pueblo of Zuni are governed by a Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and six council members. Council members serve staggered four-year terms, and meet monthly. The Pueblo of Zuni is in Congressional District 1; Legislative District 7.

CONSTITUTION: To view the Pueblo of Zuni Constitution, adopted 1970, amended 2014, click here.

PERSPECTIVE ON RESEARCH: To view the Pueblo of Zuni perspective on research, click here.

COMMUNITY PROFILE: Europeans first discovered Zuni territory in the 1500s. In 1680, Pueblos (including Zuni) in New Mexico planned and revolted against Spanish domination. After attacking and burning a Spanish Mission, the population of all Zuni villages sought refuge on the sacred mountain (Corn Mesa) until 1692. After the Spanish made peace with the Zuni, the people settled in what is now present-day Zuni Pueblo. The main Reservation is 450,000 acres 150 miles west of Albuquerque. The tribe also has land in Catron County, New Mexico, and Apache County, Arizona. 

The Zuni have established programs to promote the unique spoken-only Zuni language into a written language form. According to the Census, approximately 83 percent of the Tribe speaks the Zuni language.

The Zuni Pueblo is an artist colony, with the main industry being inlay silverwork, stone fetish carving, pottery, and other artwork. 


Zuni Pueblo Reservation or Trust Land

Arizona United States
Total Population*  9,560 6,946,685 322,903,030
Number of Households 1,850 2,524,300 119,730,128
Average Household Size 5.13 2.69 2.63
Median Age 32.0 37.4 37.9
Population Under Age 18 29.0% 23.5% 22.8%
Population Over Age 65 8.8% 16.7% 15.2%
Speaks a Language Other Than English in Household 82.8% 27.2% 21.5%
Married-Couple Households 31.8% 57.0% 58.6%
Owner-Occupied Housing Units 80.1% 63.6% 63.8%
Age 25+ with High School Degree or Higher 76.7% 86.8% 87.7%
Median Household Income $13,572 $56,213 $60,293
Below Federal Poverty Threshold 34.5% 16.1% 14.1%
Households with at Least One Computing Device 68.3% 89.9% 88.8%
Households with a Desktop/Laptop 53.8% 79.7% 77.9%


*All statistics are from the 2014-2018 American Community Survey, 5-year estimates.