San Carlos Apache Indian tribe

Leadership (updated July 2020) Contact Information
Terry Rambler, Chairman Address: PO Box "o"
Tao Etpison, Vice Chairman                San Carlos, AZ 85550
Bernadette Goode, Seven Mile District Council Member Phone: 928-475-2361
John Antonio Jr., Seven Mile District Council Member Website:
Fred Ferreira, Peridot District Council Member Health Department Director: David Reed <>
Dr. John Bush, Peridot District Council Member Education Department Executive Director: Flora Talas <
Velasquez Sneezy Sr., Gilson Wash District Council Member Tribal Historic Preservation Officer: Vernelda Grant <>
Simon Hooke, Gilson Wash District Council Member  
Allred Pike Jr., Bylas District Council Member  
Jonathan Kitcheyan, Bylas District Council Member  
Ned Anderson Jr., Bylas District Council Member  
GOVERNANCE: The San Carlos Apache Tribe is governed by a Chairman, Vice Chairman, and nine council members representing four districts. Council members serve staggered four-year terms, and meet on the first Tuesday of each month. The San Carlos Apache Tribe is in Congressional District 1; Legislative District 7.


COMMUNITY PROFILE: The traditional lands of the Apache Ndeh (The People) extended from Texas through New Mexico and Arizona into Mexico and California.  Over time, the many bands of Apache were forcibly relocated to reservations. The San Carlos Apache Reservation was established in 1871. According to the U.S. Census, approximately 10,443 individuals live on the San Carlos Apache Reservation--1.8 million acres spanning three counties in eastern Arizona. 

San Carlos Apache are known for their peridot jewelry and Apache basketry.  Peridot is the birthstone for August and San Carlos is home to the world's largest deposit of the crystal.

The Tribe operates Apache Gold Casino, a golf course, a commercial sawmill, a 500-acre farm, and cattle ranching operations.


San Carlos Apache Reservation

Arizona United States
Total Population*  10,443 6,946,685 322,903,030
Number of Households 2,251 2,524,300 119,730,128
Average Household Size 4.64 2.69 2.63
Median Age 24.9 37.4 37.9
Population Under Age 18 38.4% 23.5% 22.8%
Population Over Age 65 7.4% 16.7% 15.2%
Speaks a Language Other Than English in Household 35.8% 27.2% 21.5%
Married-Couple Households 29.3% 57.0% 58.6%
Owner-Occupied Housing Units 56.7% 63.6% 63.8%
Age 25+ with High School Degree or Higher 70.5% 86.8% 87.7%
Median Household Income $16,763 $56,213 $60,293
Below Federal Poverty Threshold 47.0% 16.1% 14.1%
Households with at Least One Computing Device 60.6% 89.9% 88.8%
Households with a Desktop/Laptop 35.5% 79.7% 77.9%


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