Fort Mojave Indian Tribe

Leadership (updated July 2020) Contact Information
Timothy Williams, Chairman Address: 500 Merriman Avenue
Shan Lewis, Vice Chairman                 Needles, CA 92363
Colleen Garcia, Secretary Phone:    760-629-4591
Celina Reyes, Council Member Website:  http://mojaveindiantribe.com
Nichole Garcia, Council Member Indian Health Center Director: John Manning <john.manning@ihs.gov>
Johnny Hemers, Council Member Education Director: Christina Camron-Otero <tribaled1@ftmojave.com>
Norvin McCord, Council Member  
GOVERNANCE: The Fort Mojave Indian Tribe is governed by a Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, and four council members. Council members hold staggered 3-year terms, with elections held yearly in June. Council meetings are held the second Saturday of every month. The Fort Mojave Indian Tribe is in Congressional District 4; Legislative District 5.
CONSTITUTION: To view the Tribe's full Constitution, adopted March 1957, amended October 1957, click here.

COMMUNITY PROFILE: Mojave Indians are known as "The People by the River" (Pipa Aha Macav). Once the largest concentration of people in the Southwest, they developed well established trade networks and prosperous farms. In 1859, the United States government built a military outpost on the east bank of the Colorado River which later became known as Fort Mojave. The Fort closed in 1891 and was transformed into a boarding school. Today, the ruins of Fort Mojave are an historical landmark. 

According to the 2018 Census, there are approximately 1,449 individuals living on the Fort Mojave Reservation or Trust Land. The Reservation is located along the Colorado River and spans nearly 42,000 acres in Arizona, California, and Nevada.  The majority of those acres (23,669) are in Mojave County, Arizona; 12,633 acres are adjacent to Needles, California; and 5,582 acres are in Nevada. 

The Tribe operates Avi Kwa'Ame Farms, which primarily produces cotton.  The Tribe also operates Avi Resort and Casino in Laughlin, Nevada.

 

Fort Mohave Indian Tribe Reservation or Trust Land

Arizona United States
Total Population*  1,449 6,946,685 322,903,030
Number of Households 562 2,524,300 119,730,128
Average Household Size 2.58 2.69 2.63
Median Age 50.5 37.4 37.9
Population Under Age 18 23.6% 23.5% 22.8%
Population Over Age 65 33.9% 16.7% 15.2%
Speaks a Language Other Than English in Household 14.5% 27.2% 21.5%
Married-Couple Households 51.0% 57.0% 58.6%
Owner-Occupied Housing Units 59.8% 63.6% 63.8%
Age 25+ with High School Degree or Higher 82.2% 86.8% 87.7%
Median Household Income $22,015 $56,213 $60,293
Below Federal Poverty Threshold 30.0% 16.1% 14.1%
Households with at Least One Computing Device 77.2% 89.9% 88.8%
Households with a Desktop/Laptop 62.3% 79.7% 77.9%

 

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