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Colorado River Indian Tribes Offer Large Supply of Water to Arizona’s Drought Contingency Plan Providing Buffer for Lake Mead  

 (PARKER, AZ.) The Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) Tribal Council in western Arizona has offered the State of Arizona 50,000 acre feet of water a year for three years beginning in January 2020 to head off drought caused water shortages and help insure the state of Arizona in the Drought Contingency Planning while protecting the Colorado River.  Currently, the state of Arizona is struggling as water levels continue to drop at Lake Mead.

The water from the CRIT offer, outlined in a November 9th letter to the Arizona Department of Water Resources and the Central Arizona Conservation District, would be stored in Lake Mead to help the State of Arizona and other Colorado River Basin states adopt the Lower Basin Drought Contingency Plan.

The Drought Contingency Plan was developed by all the Basin States in cooperation with Mexico to prevent Lakes Mead and Powell from dropping to such low levels that delivery of the water supply and power production are threatened.

CRIT Chairman Dennis Patch said, “We have been working with the state for the past two years to help protect the River and to help the State of Arizona to deal with the drought and shortages.  The proposal we delivered today puts real numbers to that offer that are significant to getting the necessary approvals for DCP (Drought Contingency Plan).”

 50,000 acre feet of water is enough water to supply 100,000 households for one year.

 CRIT has the ability to assist Arizona because of its hard fought water rights to Colorado River water and its ability to fallow farm land when needed. CRIT holds the largest first priority water rights in Arizona for the use of Colorado River water. The proposal seeks $250 for each acre-foot. The CRIT offer would not diminish Central Arizona Project supplies nor any other available water supplies in central Arizona.

The agreement would also generate new revenues the Tribal Council could use for key tribal programs and services.

Vice Chairman Keith Moses said, “We know our water is worth more than $250 an acre-foot. We are making this proposal at this price for the benefit of the River and to move the process forward in Arizona for approval of the Drought Contingency Plan.”

 A much smaller agreement is already in place. Since 2016 CRIT has been making water available for System Conservation under the Reclamation sponsored pilot program.  This proposal will use the same methods and build upon the success of the pilot program.

Leaving water in Lake Mead helps protect against more severe shortages and helps water users cope with the immediate cuts that will occur if the Drought Contingency Plan is approved.  The Tribal Council believes the greater value for water users in Arizona will come with Congressional authorization to make a portion of CRIT’s Colorado River allocation available for off reservation use in Arizona while still preserving CRIT’s first priority rights.

 A copy of CRIT’s letter to the Arizona Department of Water Resources and the Central Arizona Water Conservation District is posted for your review.

About The Colorado River Indian Tribes:

The Colorado River Indian Tribes include four distinct Tribes - the Mohave, Chemehuevi, Hopi and Navajo. There are currently about 4,434 Tribal members. The CRIT Reservation was created in 1865 by the Federal Government for “Indians of the Colorado River and its tributaries,” originally for the Mohave and Chemehuevi, who had inhabited the area for centuries. People of the Hopi and Navajo Tribes were relocated to the reservation in later years. The reservation stretches along the Colorado River on both the Arizona and California side. It includes approximately 300,000 acres of land, with the river serving as the focal point and lifeblood of the area.

Press Release: Colorado River Indian Tribes Offer Large Supply of Water to Arizona’s Drought Contingency Plan Providing Buffer for Lake Mead

CRIT's Letter to Arizona Department of Water Resources and the Central Arizona Water Conservation District


Certified candidates announced for CRIT's December 1 Election

Colorado River Indian Tribal Complex, CRIT Indian Reservation – On Friday, November 9, 2018 at 9AM the CRIT Enrollment office confirmed that five Vice Chairman candidates and twelve Tribal Council candidates will appear on the tribe's December 1 Election ballot. Offices to be filled include the Vice Chairman position and three Tribal Council seats.  Certified candidates for Vice Chairman are (in official order as they will appear on the ballot): James "Jimmy" Alcaida, Valerie Welsh-Tahbo, Estelle "Teddie" Fisher, Teddy Goodman and Keith Moses.


Certified candidates for Tribal Council are (in official order as they will appear on the ballot): Charles "Nobahe" Miller, Anisa Patch, Sylvia "Cindy" Homer, Granthum Stevens, Amber Van Fleet, Jennifer Corona, Herman "T.J." Laffoon, Erin Yava, Lori Ann Knighton, Amanda Barrera, Johnny Hill Jr., and Tim Stevens-Welsh.


Two Notices Released from the CRIT Enrollment Office 11/08/2018:
Official Certified Candidates
Absentee Voter Notice

If you have any questions please contact the CRIT Enrollment Office Staff:  
Enrollment Officer
Rochelle Booth,

Enrollment Assistant
Nikari Nez,

Estelle Fisher,
Phone (928) 669-1240, 1241, 1304
Fax (928) 669-1236

CRIT Office of the Secretary Releases Vacancies for Tribal Boards & Committees 11/08/2018

Colorado River Indian Tribes Homeland Security Office Announces Process for Updating CRIT's Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan Initiated [Flyer]
CRIT Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan For Review


Community Event Flyers:  
CRIT Community Thanksgiving Dinner November 17, 2018
CRIT Fall Gathering Flyer November 17, 2018 In Conjunction with CRIT Thanksgiving Dinner


Artisans of CRIT Announce Xmas Art Mart December 8 & 22, 2018 @ Western Park

CRIT Tribal Complex Administrative Calendar November 2018.


Great big thank you to One Sight/Walking Shield Inc. and the Colorado River Indian Tribes for hosting such a valuable clinic in the community! Their closing ceremony will take place at their site office located in Suite #135 next to the CRIT Museum in the CRIT Moovalya Shopping Plaza. 

This Clinic provided comprehensive eye exams and eyeglasses, free of charge, for La Paz County School district students K-12th and senior citizens within our CRIT and La Paz county communities. Participants were required to pre-register for their services that are taking place the first week of November. Come out and show your support for programs like this to come to our community by attending their event. Organizers are calling for dance groups and traditional food donations, if you can contribute please leave a message for Kendall Harper at 928.669.1252.
 Walking Shield Closing Ceremony Event Flyer- November 8, 2018


The following are notices to the Tribal Membership released August 23, 2018 by the CRIT Enrollment Office:
If you have any questions please contact them at (928) 669-1240.

*Current enrolled tribal membership 4,457 as of September 7, 2018.

Congratulations to Chairman Patch and Councilman Drennan, completing the Colorado River Indian

Tribal Council 2018 L-R: Treasurer Granthum Stevens, newly seated Councilman Tommy Drennan,
Councilman Johnny Hill Jr., Vice-Chairman Keith Moses, Chairman Dennis Patch, Councilman
Robert "Bobby" Page, Councilman Herman "T.J." Laffoon, Councilman Johnson "J.D." Fisher and
Secretary Amelia Flores.

First Things First Regional Director Hualapai Tribe Regional Partnership Council - OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Notice of Public Hearings on Proposed Ordinance to Amend the Colorado River Indian Tribes Children's Code

Notice of Public Hearings on Proposed Ordinance to Amend the Colorado River Indian Tribes Law and Order Code
Article 6. Traffic Control and Operation of Vehicles

Press Release Re: S.S. v. Colorado River Indian Tribes

Congratulations to our very own Mariah Jordan Sharpe the newly crowned 56th Miss Indian Arizona!
To read more of the Miss Indian Arizona Association press release go to:

Notice of Public Hearing
On a Proposed Ordinance to amend the Government Code to add a new Article 3.
Endowment Investment Fund

Proposed Draft Code
Government Code Article 3
Endowment Investment Fund

Updated Tuesday, September 11, 2018.
Notice to Update Addresses to All CRIT Tribal Members

The following CRIT Tribal members need to contact the CRIT Enrollment office to update their mailing addresses
as soon as possible. If you have any questions you may direct them to their staff at (928) 669-1240, 1241 or 1304. 
Thank you.

Matthew Aguirre Enas

Monica Alvarez

Leisa Amador

Derrick Ameelyenah Jr.

Raul Anderson

Tamara Anderson

Mickey Anderson

Angel Andrade

Andrew Aspa

Derek Baker

Lawrence Bautista

Leroy Bedell

Judy Beeson

Thelma Begay

Jacquelyn Bloxham

Aaron Booth

Alec Booth

Bree Booth

Flora Booth

Sharon Bow

Gloria Bryan

Traci Burley

Larson Burns

Louis Burns

Ronald Burton Jr.

Ronald Burton Sr.

Cam Byestewa

Annie Carlyle

Katherine Carlyle

Joseph Carrillo

Christal Chavez

Maria Chavez

Talia Chavez

Frazell Chee Sr.

Lisa Cook

Rhonda Cooper

Janice Cox

Jaren Cuellar

Ricky Davidson

Concetta Davis

Hope Davis

Parrish Davis

Timothy Davis

Clarence Degner

Joseph Degner

Rosanne Delgado

Aaron Denny

Erisa Deysie

Sara Dickinson

Ronald Dock

Aaron Drennan

Clorinda Drennan

Echeo Drennan

Eric Drennan

Javen Drennan

Meghan Drennan

Nathan Drennan

Rene Drennan

Toni Drennan

Gerald Eddy

Rebecca Edmonds

Tyler Ellsbury

Bryan Enas

Jordan Esquerra

Blanchard Eswonia

Michael Eswonia

Bow Evanston

Christal Evanston

Quentin Fernandez

Andren Fisher

Andrew Fisher

Andric Fisher

Bryce Fisher

Celina Fisher

Danielle Fisher

Erin Fisher

Janet Fisher

Jesse Fisher III

Joshua Fisher

Pholana Fisher

Ryan Fisher

Shane Fisher

Sonny Fisher

Dawn Flagler

Rochele Flood

Diana Flores

Monika Gilchrist

William Gilcrist

Sean Goligoski

Luis Gomez

Trinidad Gonzales

Danielle Gonzalez

Monica Gonzalez

Jacob Goodman

Gloria Gorman

Allegra Graves

Anna Graves

Alexandra Harper

Ashley Harper

Brandon Harper

Dunstan Harper

Glenna Harper

Toni Harper

Douglas Herrin

James Herrin

William Herrin

Taixa Hiatt

Nina Hickman

Ronnie Hickman, III

Bridget Hill

Erica Hill

Shuron Hill

Donald Hock

Dorita Holmes

Selah Holmes

Franklin Howard

Marshal Howard

Kenneth Hull

Alyssa Humeumptewa

Becky Hunter

Eric Hunter

Michael Ingole Jr.

Rose Ingole

Georgette Isaac

Brian James

Gregory Joe

Malia Johnson

Mickey Johnson

Larain Kabatoney

Jamake Kahn

Jeffrey Kellywood Jr.

Devin Leivas

Myrtle Leivas

Nina Leivas

Stefanie Leon

Lisa Logan

William Ludington

Dava Macias

Esperancita Macias

Paulette Mahkewa

Nichol Mark

Blaine Martin

Blair Martin

Jonell Martin

Sage Martin-Short

Marissa Martinez

Nicholas Martinez

Melvin Mc Craney Jr.

Marvin McCabe

Marvin McCabe, Jr.

Michael McCarthy

Muhart McCord

Clara McDonald

William Mike

Gerald Mike, Jr.

Erika Milazzo

Michael Milazzo

Jacqueline Mitchell

Joshua Moore

Courtney Morales

Michael Morris

Tenelle Moses

Fabian Munoz

Nathaniel Nash

Zoe Nastal

Sarah Neel

Bailee Nelson

Tristan Nelson

Kevin Nez

Richard Nez

Roberta Nez

Deone Nopah

Loren Nopah

Carlo Norton

Juan Olivares Jr

Fawna Pablo

Christina Pablo-Trevino

Cornell Patch

Myles Patch

Anthony Payton

Lester Gormen Payton

Lester Kairan Payton

Cheyenne Peeler

Carlos Perez Jr.

Mischelle Pintor

Skeet Polacca

Phillip Poolaw

Ivan Rasho

Rebecca Rios

Richard Rivera

Nicholas Robertson

Isaac Romo

Manuel Romo Jr.

Sarah Rosal

Lawrence Russell

Ouray Russell

Abraham Salgado

Raymond Salgado Jr.

Gerhardt Schable

Dennis Scott

Kyle Scott

Lainee Scott

Landon Scott

Wanda Scott

Phillip Sekaquaptewa

Tiffany Serrano

Talishsa Seviera

Bradley Sharp

Gregory Sharp

Jessica Sharp

Lynette Sharp

Shawnah Sharp

Mariah Sharpe

Stanley Shirley

Trixy Shirley

Dorinda Short

Georgina Short

Desmond Short, III

Desmond Short, Jr.

Celeste Silva

Dyan Silva

Phillip Silva

Michael Simms

Rebecca Simms

Ryan Smith

Socorro Iliana Smith

Rhonda Sorrells

Alfonso Soto IV

Trent Sowsonicut

Paulette Spencer

Mary Stanley

Roger Stanley

Thane Stanley

Shona Stevens

Arlen Stevens, III

Jeffrey Stewart

Jaylynn Stillman

Joseph Stone

Leanne Stone

Quincy Stone

Winter Fawn Stone

Christian Strange

Tarren Sutch

Adam Swick

Daniell Swick

De Alva Swick

Christopher Tahbo

Fawn Tahbo

Melissa Tahbo

Loren Tahbo, Sr.

Edna Tarin

Je'lynn Tiberi-Ramos

Michael Torres

Angel Townsend

Alex Tsosie

Paige Turner

Dietta Twyford

Gabriel Uribe

Manuel Valencia

Eileen Valenzuela

Sabrina Valenzuela

Tammy Vasquez

Matthew Voeltz

George Wagner, Jr.

Dottie Walker

Michael Webb Jr.

Raymond Webb- Seviera

J-Shon Welsh

Stephen Welsh

Wilhelmina Welsh

Alvina Welsh

Adam Wesson

Clyde Williams

Hugh Williams

Shade Williams

Sonnett Williams

David Wilson

Donald Wilson

Janine Wilson

Adam Yava

John Yazzie


Notice from the Colorado River Indian Tribes Office of the Attorney General:
At the Special Meeting held on June 8, 2017, Tribal Council enacted amendments to the Domestic Relations Code to include
Article 4: Paternity and Maternity.  The Amendments enacted a paternity code and reserved a section for a maternity code should
Tribal Council choose to enact a maternity code at a later date.  The paternity code governs paternity actions in the tribal court,
which seek to establish who the legal father of a child is.  A finding of paternity can be used for tribal enrollment, child support,
custody, and inheritance rights of the child. Prior to its passage, a public hearing was held on September 21, 2016 where the
Office of the Attorney General accepted written and verbal comments and answered questions on the Code.  Comments were
also solicited from the Department of Health and Social Services, Legal Aid, and the Courts.  A work session was held with Tribal
Council on February 13, 2017.  Prior to this amendment, the Tribal Court applied Arizona paternity law to cases in the court as no
CRIT law existed regarding paternity and maternity cases.  If you have any questions regarding these amendments, please contact
LeeAnne Kane at the Office
of the Attorney General at 
(928) 669-1271.  The Paternity and Maternity Code will be in effect thirty (30) days from the date of its passage, on July 8, 2017 and will be available on the CRIT website.

Colorado River Indian Tribes Chairman Dennis Patch responds to Desert Sun article.

Valley Voice: Desert projects must respect rights of ancestral peoples

Original article:


Colorado River Indian Tribes Councilwoman Amelia Flores promotes Tribes' Water Fallowing program in Tucson.
To save water, some Arizona farms temporarily cut production





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