Leadership

Dr. Damon R. Clarke, Chairman (2020-2024)
Sheldon Scott Crozier, Vice Chairman (2020-2024)
Howard Whatoname, Council Member (2020-2024)
Stewart M. Crozier, Council Member (2020-2024)
Jolene Marshall, Council Member (2018-2022)
Jonell Tapija, Council Member (2018-2022)
Richard Powskey, Council Member (2018-2022)
Earline Havatone, Council Member (2020-2024)
Blake Watahomigie, Council Member (2018-2022)

(updated January 2021)

Contact Information

Address: PO Box 179 | 941 Hualapai Way, Peach Springs, AZ 86434

Phone: 928-769-2216

Director of Health Administration:

Sandra Irwin sirwin@hualapai-nsn.gov

Education Director:

Leon Ghahate lghahate@hualapai-nsn.gov

Education Coordinator:

Janelle Tapija hualapaieducationdepartment@gmail.com

Tribal Historic Preservation Officer, Department of Cultural Resources:

Peter Bungart peter.bungart@circaculture.com

Website

GOVERNANCE: The Hualapai Tribe is governed by a Chairman, Vice Chairman, and seven council members.  All Tribal Council members serve four-year terms. Per the Constitution, the Tribal Council meets the first Saturday of each month. The Hualapai Tribe is in Congressional District 1; Legislative District 7.


CONSTITUTION AND RESEARCH PROTOCOL: 

The Constitution of Hualapai Tribe (Amended 1955)

The Constitution of Hualapai Tribe (Amended 1955)
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The Tribe's Cultural Heritage Resource Ordinance

The Tribe's Cultural Heritage Resource Ordinance
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COMMUNITY PROFILE: The Hualapai Tribe, "People of the Tall Pines," are a federally recognized Tribe in northwestern Arizona. In 1874, the United States military forcibly relocated hundreds of Hualapai to the Colorado River Indian Reservation in Parker, Arizona (called La Paz). Many died in the two week march or later due to disease and starvation during their yearlong internment.  In 1875, survivors escaped imprisonment and returned to their lands in northwestern Arizona. Each year, the Tribe holds the Hualapai La Paz Trail of Tears Run to commemorate those survivors and their perseverance. The Hualapai Reservation was established by executive order in 1883.

According to the U.S. Census, approximately 1,590 individuals live on the Hualapai Reservation or Trust Land in Arizona, approximately 108 miles along the Grand Canyon and Colorado River. Its elevations range from 1,500 feet to more than 7,300 feet.  As a result, the topography ranges from grassland to forests and canyons. 

The primary economic activity of the Tribe is tourism, cattle ranching, and arts and crafts.  The location of the Reservation is prime for hunting, fishing and river rafting. The Tribe sells big game hunting permits, and operates the Hualapai River Runners, the only Indian-owned and operated river rafting company on the Colorado River. The Tribe also operates Grand Canyon West - a tourist location that includes "Skywalk," a glass bridge that allows tourists to walk beyond the rim of the Grand Canyon at 4,000 feet above the Colorado River. 

 

Hualapai Tribe Reservation or Trust Land

Arizona

United States

Total Population*  1,590 6,946,685 322,903,030
Number of Households 414 2,524,300 119,730,128
Average Household Size 3.76 2.69 2.63
Median Age 30.5 37.4 37.9
Population Under Age 18 32.8% 23.5% 22.8%
Population Over Age 65 11.9% 16.7% 15.2%
Speaks a Language Other Than English in Household 37.1% 27.2% 21.5%
Married-Couple Households 29.7% 57.0% 58.6%
Owner-Occupied Housing Units 49.3% 63.6% 63.8%
Age 25+ with High School Degree or Higher 72.7% 86.8% 87.7%
Median Household Income $18,275 $56,213 $60,293
Below Federal Poverty Threshold 33.8% 16.1% 14.1%
Households with at Least One Computing Device 65.2% 89.9% 88.8%
Households with a Desktop/Laptop 39.4% 79.7% 77.9%

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