Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation, New Mexico



Arden Kucate, Governor
Cordelia Hooee, Lt. Governor
Anthony Sanchez Jr., Head Councilman
Shirley Bellson, Council Member
Virginia Chavez, Council Member
Ricky R. Penketewa Sr., Council Member
Birdena Sanchez, Council Member
Edward Wemytewa, Council Member

(updated September 2023)

Contact Information

Address: PO Box 339, 1203B State Hwy 53, Zuni, NM 87327

Phone: 505-782-7000

Program Manager, Zuni Wellness Center:

Carleton Albert Sr. carleton.albertsr@ashiwi.org

Education Director:

Bernadette Panteah bernadette.panteah@ashiwi.org


GOVERNANCE: The Pueblo of Zuni are governed by a Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and six council members. Council members serve staggered four-year terms, and meet monthly. The Pueblo of Zuni is in Congressional District 1; Legislative District 7.



COMMUNITY PROFILE: Europeans first discovered Zuni territory in the 1500s. In 1680, Pueblos (including Zuni) in New Mexico planned and revolted against Spanish domination. After attacking and burning a Spanish Mission, the population of all Zuni villages sought refuge on the sacred mountain (Corn Mesa) until 1692. After the Spanish made peace with the Zuni, the people settled in what is now present-day Zuni Pueblo. The main Reservation is 450,000 acres 150 miles west of Albuquerque. The tribe also has land in Catron County, New Mexico, and Apache County, Arizona. 

The Zuni have established programs to promote the unique spoken-only Zuni language into a written language form. According to the Census, approximately 83 percent of the Tribe speaks the Zuni language.

The Zuni Pueblo is an artist colony, with the main industry being inlay silverwork, stone fetish carving, pottery, and other artwork. 


Zuni Pueblo Reservation or Trust Land


United States

Total Population*  9,560 6,946,685 322,903,030
Number of Households 1,850 2,524,300 119,730,128
Average Household Size 5.13 2.69 2.63
Median Age 32.0 37.4 37.9
Population Under Age 18 29.0% 23.5% 22.8%
Population Over Age 65 8.8% 16.7% 15.2%
Speaks a Language Other Than English in Household 82.8% 27.2% 21.5%
Married-Couple Households 31.8% 57.0% 58.6%
Owner-Occupied Housing Units 80.1% 63.6% 63.8%
Age 25+ with High School Degree or Higher 76.7% 86.8% 87.7%
Median Household Income $13,572 $56,213 $60,293
Below Federal Poverty Threshold 34.5% 16.1% 14.1%
Households with at Least One Computing Device 68.3% 89.9% 88.8%
Households with a Desktop/Laptop 53.8% 79.7% 77.9%

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