GOVERNANCE: The Executive branch is comprised of the Chairman and Vice Chairwoman. Each position is elected by the tribal membership to serve a three-year term. The Chairman and Vice Chairwoman are not only part of the Tribal Council, but also responsible for having direct oversight of the Nation’s departments, programs and staff. The Legislative branch is comprised of the Tribal Council. The Tribal Council is elected by the tribal membership and consists of the Chairman, Vice Chairman and seven Tribal Council members. Council members serve staggered terms. The Legislative branch is responsible for developing laws, codes and ordinances and representing the Nation. The Yavapai-Apache Nation resides in Congressional District 1; Legislative District 6.
COMMUNITY PROFILE: The Yavapai-Apache Nation is made up of two distinct people: the Yavapai, who refer to themselves as Wipuhk'a'bah and speak the Yuman language; and the Apache, who refer to themselves as Dil'zhe'e and speak the Athabaskan language.
The Yavapai were semi-nomadic hunter-gatherers, while bands of Apache hunted, fished, farmed, and traded throughout the region. Over time, Euro-American insurgency led to the forced relocation of the Yavapai and Apache to the Rio Verde Reserve, and then to San Carlos. The Nation was formed in 1934 in an effort by the federal government to establish a single tribe in the Upper Verde Valley.
The Nation is comprised of five tribal communities: Tunlii, Middle Verde, Rimrock, Camp Verde, and Clarkdale. The Tribe operates Cliff Castle Casino and Hotel in Camp Verde, Arizona.
Yavapai-Apache Nation Reservation
|Number of Households
|Average Household Size
|Population Under Age 18
|Population Over Age 65
|Speaks a Language Other Than English in Household
|Owner-Occupied Housing Units
|Age 25+ with High School Degree or Higher
|Median Household Income
|Below Federal Poverty Threshold
|Households with at Least One Computing Device
|Households with a Desktop/Laptop
*All statistics are from the 2014-2018 American Community Survey, 5-year estimates.