GOVERNANCE: The Havasupai Tribe is governed by a Chairwoman, Vice Chairman, and five council members. Council members serve two-year terms, with elections held in December of odd years. Council meetings are held the second Saturday of each month. The Havasupai Tribe is in Congressional District 1; Legislative District 7.
COMMUNITY PROFILE: The Havasupai Tribe "people of the blue green water" have lived in the Grand Canyon and north-central Arizona for more than 1,000 years. The Havasupai Reservation was established in 1880. Prior to the 1800s, the Tribe would move families up to plateaus in the fall and winter months, then back down into the canyon to plant drops during the spring and summer. The Havasupai dialect is the only Native American language that is spoken by more than 95 percent of its indigenous population.
The Havasupai Reservation is located at the end of Indian Route 18 off historic Route 66. The Reservation is 188,077 acres of canyon land at the western edge of the Grand Canyon's South Rim. Residents live in Supai Village, 3,000 feet down Havasu Canyon. The village is only accessible by foot, horse, mule, or helicopter.
The Havasupai Tribe has four revenue-generating enterprises: Havasupai Tourism, Havasupai Lodge, Havasupai Cafe, and Havasupai Trading Post. The Havasupai Tourism Enterprise manages all tourist activities including guided and unguided tours, a campground near Havasu Falls, and saddle and pack horses to carry goods and visitors in and out of the canyon.