Hualapai Tribe

Leadership (updated July 2020) Contact Information
Dr. Damon R. Clarke, Chairman (2016-2020) Address: PO Box 179
Philbert Watahomigie Sr., Vice Chairman (2016-2020)                941 Hualapai Way
William Clay Bravo, Council Member (2016-2020)                Peach Springs, AZ 86434
Stewart M. Crozier, Council Member (2016-2020) Phone:    928-769-2216
Jolene Marshall, Council Member (2018-2022) Website:  http://hualapai-nsn.gov
Jonell Tapija, Council Member (2018-2022) Director of Health Administration: Sandra Irwin <sirwin@hualapai-nsn.gov>
Richard Powskey, Council Member (2018-2022) Education Director: Leon Ghahate <lghahate@hualapai-nsn.gov>
Shawna Havatone, Council Member (2016-2020) Education Coordinator: Janelle Tapija <hualapaieducationdepartment@gmail.com>
Blake Watahomigie, Council Member (2018-2022) Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Department of Cultural Resources: Peter Bungart <peter.bungart@circaculture.com>
GOVERNANCE: The Hualapai Tribe is governed by a Chairman, Vice Chairman, and seven council members.  All Tribal Council members serve four-year terms. Per the Constitution, the Tribal Council meets the first Saturday of each month. The Hualapai Tribe is in Congressional District 1; Legislative District 7.

CONSTITUTION AND RESEARCH PROTOCOL: 

To view the Constitution of Hualapai Tribe, amended 1955, click here.

Click the following to learn more about the Tribe's Cultural Heritage Resource Ordinance

 

COMMUNITY PROFILE: The Hualapai Tribe, "People of the Tall Pines," are a federally recognized Tribe in northwestern Arizona. In 1874, the United States military forcibly relocated hundreds of Hualapai to the Colorado River Indian Reservation in Parker, Arizona (called La Paz). Many died in the two week march or later due to disease and starvation during their yearlong internment.  In 1875, survivors escaped imprisonment and returned to their lands in northwestern Arizona. Each year, the Tribe holds the Hualapai La Paz Trail of Tears Run to commemorate those survivors and their perseverance. The Hualapai Reservation was established by executive order in 1883.

According to the U.S. Census, approximately 1,590 individuals live on the Hualapai Reservation or Trust Land in Arizona, approximately 108 miles along the Grand Canyon and Colorado River. Its elevations range from 1,500 feet to more than 7,300 feet.  As a result, the topography ranges from grassland to forests and canyons. 

The primary economic activity of the Tribe is tourism, cattle ranching, and arts and crafts.  The location of the Reservation is prime for hunting, fishing and river rafting. The Tribe sells big game hunting permits, and operates the Hualapai River Runners, the only Indian-owned and operated river rafting company on the Colorado River. The Tribe also operates Grand Canyon West - a tourist location that includes "Skywalk," a glass bridge that allows tourists to walk beyond the rim of the Grand Canyon at 4,000 feet above the Colorado River. 

 

Hualapai Tribe Reservation or Trust Land

Arizona United States
Total Population*  1,590 6,946,685 322,903,030
Number of Households 414 2,524,300 119,730,128
Average Household Size 3.76 2.69 2.63
Median Age 30.5 37.4 37.9
Population Under Age 18 32.8% 23.5% 22.8%
Population Over Age 65 11.9% 16.7% 15.2%
Speaks a Language Other Than English in Household 37.1% 27.2% 21.5%
Married-Couple Households 29.7% 57.0% 58.6%
Owner-Occupied Housing Units 49.3% 63.6% 63.8%
Age 25+ with High School Degree or Higher 72.7% 86.8% 87.7%
Median Household Income $18,275 $56,213 $60,293
Below Federal Poverty Threshold 33.8% 16.1% 14.1%
Households with at Least One Computing Device 65.2% 89.9% 88.8%
Households with a Desktop/Laptop 39.4% 79.7% 77.9%

 

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