Yavapai-Apache Nation

Leadership (updated July 2020) Contact Information
Jon Huey, Chairman Address: 2400 W. Datsi St. 
Tanya Lewis, Vice Chairwoman                Camp Verde, AZ 86322
Henry Smith, Council Member Phone:    928-567-1021
Nancy Guzman, Council Member Website: http://yavapai-apache.org
Darlene Rubio, Council Member Community Health Representative: Linda Rocha <lrocha@yan-tribe.org>
Thomasene Cardona, Council Member Medical Clinic Manager: Trudy Clark <tclark@yan-tribe.org>
Amanda Honwytewa, Council Member Higher Education Manager: Lisa Sandoval <lsandoval@yan-tribe.org>
Ricardo Pacheco, Council Member  
Apphia Shirley, Council Member  
GOVERNANCE: The Executive branch is comprised of the Chairman and Vice Chairwoman. Each position is elected by the tribal membership to serve a three-year term. The Chairman and Vice Chairwoman are not only part of the Tribal Council, but also responsible for having direct oversight of the Nation’s departments, programs and staff. The Legislative branch is comprised of the Tribal Council. The Tribal Council is elected by the tribal membership and consists of the Chairman, Vice Chairman and five Tribal Council members. Council members serve staggered terms. The Legislative branch is responsible for developing laws, codes and ordinances and representing the Nation. The Yavapai-Apache Nation resides in Congressional District 1; Legislative District 6.
CONSTITUTION: To view the constitution of the Yavapai-Apache Nation, adopted 1992, click here.

COMMUNITY PROFILE: The Yavapai-Apache Nation is made up of two distinct people: the Yavapai, who refer to themselves as Wipuhk'a'bah and speak the Yuman language; and the Apache, who refer to themselves as Dil'zhe'e and speak the Athabaskan language. 

The Yavapai were semi-nomadic hunter-gatherers, while bands of Apache hunted, fished, farmed, and traded throughout the region. Over time, Euro-American insurgency led to the forced relocation of the Yavapai and Apache to the Rio Verde Reserve, and then to San Carlos. The Nation was formed in 1934 in an effort by the federal government to establish a single tribe in the Upper Verde Valley. 

The Nation is comprised of five tribal communities: Tunlii, Middle Verde, Rimrock, Camp Verde, and Clarkdale. The Tribe operates Cliff Castle Casino and Hotel in Camp Verde, Arizona. 

 

Yavapai-Apache Nation Reservation 

Arizona United States
Total Population*  712 6,946,685 322,903,030
Number of Households 216 2,524,300 119,730,128
Average Household Size 3.30 2.69 2.63
Median Age 30.2 37.4 37.9
Population Under Age 18 29.5% 23.5% 22.8%
Population Over Age 65 12.2% 16.7% 15.2%
Speaks a Language Other Than English in Household 19.8% 27.2% 21.5%
Married-Couple Households 35.1% 57.0% 58.6%
Owner-Occupied Housing Units 63.4% 63.6% 63.8%
Age 25+ with High School Degree or Higher 72.8% 86.8% 87.7%
Median Household Income $16,970 $56,213 $60,293
Below Federal Poverty Threshold 33.2% 16.1% 14.1%
Households with at Least One Computing Device 77.3% 89.9% 88.8%
Households with a Desktop/Laptop 54.2% 79.7% 77.9%

 

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