Jordan D. Joaquin, President (2018-2022)
Virgil S. Smith, Vice President (2018-2022)
Charles R. Escalanti, Council Member
Ina M. Hall, Council Member
Jonathan E. Koteen, Council Member
Darnella Melancon, Council Member
Faron M. Owl, Council Member

(updated November 2022)

Contact Information

Address: PO Box 1899 Yuma, Arizona 85366-1899

Phone: 760-919-3600

Community Health Director:

Sosa Nita Diaz s.diaz@quechantribe.com

Education Director:

Ora Lee Durand-Valisto o.durand@quechantribe.com


GOVERNANCE: The Fort Yuma-Quechan Tribe is governed by a President, Vice President, and five council members. Council members serve two-year terms, and elections are held on the first Monday of January every other year. The President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer are selected by the Council. The Council meets on the first Tuesday of each month. The Tribe resides in Congressional Districts 3 and 4; Legislative Districts 4 and 13.


The Constitution of the Fort Yuma-Quechan Tribe (Adopted 1936)

The Constitution of the Fort Yuma-Quechan Tribe (Adopted 1936)
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COMMUNITY PROFILE: Previously known as the Yuma Indians, the Quechan Tribe of the Fort Yuma Reservation have always lived in the Colorado River Valley. Their land borders California and Mexico, and the Reservation was established in 1884. Quechan (pronounced "kwuh-tsan") means "those who descended." Their distinct language, the native tongue of southeastern California and southwestern Arizona, is believed to be spoken by just a few hundred people.  

Their location along the Colorado River has meant a long history of trading and exchange networks with other tribes, as well as battles over land.  According to the 2018 Census, 1,265 Quechan live on the Fort Yuma Indian Reservation.

The Fort Yuma-Quechan Tribe operates the Paradise Casino in Yuma, Arizona.  The Tribe also operates a sand and gravel enterprise, five trailer and RV parks, a grocery store, and a museum.  The Tribe's 700-acre farm is leased to non-tribal members. 


Fort Yuma-Quechan Tribe Reservation 


United States

Total Population*  1,265 6,946,685 322,903,030
Number of Households 333 2,524,300 119,730,128
Average Household Size 3.78 2.69 2.63
Median Age 23.6 37.4 37.9
Population Under Age 18 38.3% 23.5% 22.8%
Population Over Age 65 12.4% 16.7% 15.2%
Speaks a Language Other Than English in Household 18.3% 27.2% 21.5%
Married-Couple Households 31.0% 57.0% 58.6%
Owner-Occupied Housing Units 45.0% 63.6% 63.8%
Age 25+ with High School Degree or Higher 80.9% 86.8% 87.7%
Median Household Income $17,650 $56,213 $60,293
Below Federal Poverty Threshold 40.5% 16.1% 14.1%
Households with at Least One Computing Device 78.1% 89.9% 88.8%
Households with a Desktop/Laptop 47.7% 79.7% 77.9%

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