Pascua Yaqui Tribe

Leadership (updated 

July 2020)

Contact Information
Peter Yucupicio, Chairman Address: 7474 S. Camino de Oeste
Robert Valencia, Vice Chairman                Tucson, AZ 85746
Sergio Varela, Treasurer Phone:    520-883-5000
Francisco Valencia, Secretary Website:
Herminia Frias, Council Member Community Health Representative: Reuben Howard <>
Angelina Matus, Council Member Education Director: Mario Molina <>
Francisco Munoz, Council Member  
Andrea Gonzales, Council Member  
Catalina Alvarez, Council Member  
Antonia Campoy, Council Member  
Mary Jane Buenamea, Council Member  
GOVERNANCE: The Pascua Yaqui Tribe is governed by a Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, and seven additional council members. The Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer are voted from within the eleven member council. Council members serve staggered four-year terms, and meet monthly. The Pascua Yaqui Tribe is in Congressional District 3; Legislative District 3. 


The Pascua Yaqui Tribe has established a protocol for research and the protection of human subjects, adopted in 2008.

COMMUNITY PROFILE: The Yaqui people have lived in the Gila and Santa Cruz River Valleys for hundreds of years. In the early 1900s, many Yaqui families were either forced to move or relocated to Arizona to escape the violence of the 1910-1920 Mexican Revolution. In 1964, the Pascua Yaquis received 202 acres of desert land, and in 1978, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona was federally recognized. 

According to the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe has five communities: New Pascua is the Reservation just southwest of Tucson, Old Pascua is in the City of Tucson, Barrio Libre is in the City of South Tucson, Marana is northwest of Tucson, and Guadalupe is a southeast suburb of Phoenix.

The Tribe operates two casinos: The Casino of the Sun opened in 1994; Casino Del Sol opened in 2001.


Pascua Yaqui Tribe Reservation or Trust Land

Arizona United States
Total Population*  4,111 6,946,685 322,903,030
Number of Households 929 2,524,300 119,730,128
Average Household Size 4.39 2.69 2.63
Median Age 23.3 37.4 37.9
Population Under Age 18 38.7% 23.5% 22.8%
Population Over Age 65 4.2% 16.7% 15.2%
Speaks a Language Other Than English in Household 41.7% 27.2% 21.5%
Married-Couple Households 23.0% 57.0% 58.6%
Owner-Occupied Housing Units 40.5% 63.6% 63.8%
Age 25+ with High School Degree or Higher 66.5% 86.8% 87.7%
Median Household Income $15,771 $56,213 $60,293
Below Federal Poverty Threshold 43.4% 16.1% 14.1%
Households with at Least One Computing Device 79.4% 89.9% 88.8%
Households with a Desktop/Laptop 41.7% 79.7% 77.9%


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