Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona



Peter Yucupicio, Chairman
Robert Valencia, Vice Chairman
Sergio Varela, Treasurer
Francisco Valencia, Secretary
Catalina Alvarez, Council Member
Mary Jane Buenamea, Council Member
Antonia Campoy, Council Member
Herminia Frias, Council Member
Andrea Gonzales, Council Member
Angelina Matus, Council Member
Francisco Munoz, Council Member

(updated September 2023)

Contact Information

Address: 7474 S. Camino de Oeste, Tucson, AZ 85746

Phone: 520-883-5000

Community Health Representative:

Reuben Howard

Education Director:

Mario Molina


GOVERNANCE: The Pascua Yaqui Tribe is governed by a Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, and seven additional council members. The Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer are voted from within the eleven member council. Council members serve staggered four-year terms, and meet monthly. The Pascua Yaqui Tribe is in Congressional District 3; Legislative District 3. 


The Pascua Yaqui Tribe has established a protocol for research and the protection of human subjects, adopted in 2008.

COMMUNITY PROFILE: The Yaqui people have lived in the Gila and Santa Cruz River Valleys for hundreds of years. In the early 1900s, many Yaqui families were either forced to move or relocated to Arizona to escape the violence of the 1910-1920 Mexican Revolution. In 1964, the Pascua Yaquis received 202 acres of desert land, and in 1978, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona was federally recognized. 

According to the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe has five communities: New Pascua is the Reservation just southwest of Tucson, Old Pascua is in the City of Tucson, Barrio Libre is in the City of South Tucson, Marana is northwest of Tucson, and Guadalupe is a southeast suburb of Phoenix.

The Tribe operates two casinos: The Casino of the Sun opened in 1994; Casino Del Sol opened in 2001.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 2017-2021 American Community Survey, the population of the Pascua Pueblo Yaqui Reservation and Off-Reservation Trust Land is 3,742. The following document provides a Census snapshot of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe with comparisons to the state of Arizona and the United States as a whole.

Note: When interpreting data for small populations or rural areas, it is important to note the margin of error which is provided here where possible. The margin of error can be interpreted as providing a 90 percent probability that the true value lies within the estimate plus and minus the margin of error.

First Things First is Arizona's early childhood agency, providing health screenings and a variety of services across the state. Included here are their reports for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe.