Tonto Apache Tribe

Leadership (updated July 2020) Contact Information
Jeri DeCola, Chairwoman Address: Tonto Apache Reservation 30
Calvin Johnson, Vice Chairman                 Payson, AZ 85541
Lucinda Flores, Council Member Phone:    928-474-5000
Hunter Doka, Council Member Website:
Charlie Lopez, Council Member Community Health Representative: Michelle Johnson <>
  Chairman, Education Committee: Belinda Guerra <>
GOVERNANCE: The Tonto Apache Tribe is governed by a Chairwoman, Vice Chairman, and three council members. Council members serve two-year terms, the Chair and Vice Chair serve four-year terms.  Elections are held annually on the second Saturday of June. Annual meetings are held the second Saturday in October. The Tonto Apache Tribe is in Congressional District 4; Legislative District 6.
CONSTITUTION: To view the Constitution of the Tonto Apache Tribe, adopted 1979, click here.

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 the Apache were forcibly relocated to reservations. The Rio Verde Reserve was established in 1871 for the Tonto and Yavapai Indians. In 1875, the Tonto and Yavapai were forcibly moved to the San Carlos Apache Reservation. Twenty years later, some of the Tonto Tribe returned to the Payson area. The Tonto Apache Tribe was federally recognized by Congressional Act in 1972. 

According to the 2010 Census, approximately 120 individuals live on Tonto Apache Tribal land in northwestern Gila County, approximately 95 miles northeast of Phoenix. The Reservation is 85 acres adjacent to Payson, Arizona, and is the smallest land base Reservation in the state. 

The Tonto Apache Tribe is known for bead work and basketry, items that can be purchased on the Reservation. The Tribe is young, with a median age of 26.7 (compared to 35.9 for the state of Arizona).* Traditional husband-wife families make up 42.6 percent of all households, and more than 16 percent of householders speak a language other than English. 

The Tribe operates the Mazatzal Hotel and Casino, one of the largest employers in Payson, Arizona.

All statistics are from the 2006-2010 American Community Survey, 5-Year Estimates (the latest available).