Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community of the Salt River Reservation, Arizona



Martin Harvier, President
Ricardo Leonard, Vice President
David Antone, District 1 Council Member
Jacob Butler, District 1 Council Member
Mikah Carlos, District 1 Council Member
Cheryl Doka, District 1 Council Member
Wi-Bwa Grey District 1 Council Member
Michael Dallas Sr., District 2 Council Member
Deanna Scabby, District 2 Council Member

(updated September 2023)

Contact Information

Address: 10005 E. Osborn Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85256

Phone: 480-362-7440

Health and Human Services Director:

Violet Mitchell-Enos

Assistant Superintendent, Salt River Schools:

Dr. Cynthia Clary


GOVERNANCE: The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community is governed by a President, Vice President, and seven council members representing two districts. Tribal Council members serve staggered four-year terms, with elections held the first Tuesday in September in even-numbered years. The Tribal Council meets monthly, date to be determined. The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community is in Congressional District 6; Legislative District 26.


COMMUNITY PROFILE: Two tribes make up the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community: the Pima ("Akimel Au-Authm" or River People); and the Maricopa ("Xalychidom Pipaash" or People Who Live Toward the Water). The two tribes originally banded together for protection against the Yuman and Apache Tribes. 

The Pima are descendants of the Hohokam, an ancient civilization that farmed the Salt River Valley using elaborate canal irrigation techniques that are still used today.  The Pima are known for their intricate, watertight basket-weaving.

The Maricopa people were small bands that migrated east from the Colorado River. The Maricopa are known for their red clay pottery. When the Salt River Indian Community formed a Reservation in 1879, it included both tribes within its boundaries.

According to the U.S. Census, approximately 7,386 individuals live in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, a sovereign community bounded by the cities of Scottsdale, Tempe, Mesa, and Fountain Hills. The Community holds 52,600 acres, 19,000 of which are held as a natural preserve. Approximately 12,000 acres produce cotton, melons, potatoes, onions, broccoli, and carrots. 

The Community operates two casinos as well as Talking Stick Resort and Spa, and Talking Stick Golf Club. Other enterprises include a commercial landfill, Salt River Materials Group that provides construction aggregates, Salt River Financial Services, and Saddleback Communications, among others. 

  Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Reservation  Arizona United States
Total Population*  7,386 6,946,685 322,903,030
Number of Households 2,437 2,524,300 119,730,128
Average Household Size 3.03 2.69 2.63
Median Age 36.3 37.4 37.9
Population Under Age 18 22.2% 23.5% 22.8%
Population Over Age 65 16.3% 16.7% 15.2%
Speaks a Language Other Than English in Household 11.7% 27.2% 21.5%
Married-Couple Households 29.9% 57.0% 58.6%
Owner-Occupied Housing Units 77.3% 63.6% 63.8%
Age 25+ with High School Degree or Higher 73.3% 86.8% 87.7%
Median Household Income $18,310 $56,213 $60,293
Below Federal Poverty Threshold 30.2% 16.1% 14.1%
Households with at Least One Computing Device 81.5% 89.9% 88.8%
Households with a Desktop/Laptop 64.4% 79.7% 77.9%

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