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Poston Monument
One of our top tourist attractions, the Poston Monument marks the location where more than 17,000 Japanese-Americans were interned during World War II. More...



CRIT Museum

The CRIT Museum is committed to protecting and safeguarding tribal antique collections either stored or displayed and educating tribal members, the community and tourists about the Colorado River Indian tribal history and as a resource for departments, CRIT enterprises and organizations. The Museum houses a gift shop that provides tribal artisans a venue to showcase their wares and crafts to purchase. They also have craft supplies, jewelry, traditional accessories, books and dvds. More...

Resolution No. 441-22 to Modify the "Mandate to Wear Face Coverings to Slow the Spread of COVID-19"
November 1, 2022   (Updated 11/1/2022)

Resolution No. 108-22 to Approve Implementing Phase Three to Lift COVID-19 Mitigation Measures to Fully Re-Open the Colorado River Indian Tribes
March 28, 2022  (Updated 3/30/2022)

COVID-19 NOTIFICATIONS...

Notification of Additional Positive Cases of Coronavirus for July 27th - August 2nd, 2022
August 5, 2022   (Updated 8/5/2022)

Notification of Additional Positive Cases of Coronavirus for July 20 - July 26, 2022
July 28, 2022 

COVID-19 UPDATES... Click on Link for Updates, Notices, Press Releases and Information..


NEW! 2022 GENERAL WELFARE ASSISTANCE PAYMENT

Updated 11/4/2022. The Tribal Council has approved a 2022 General Welfare Assistance payment of $2,000.00 for each CRIT Tribal Member. CRIT Tribal members, both minors and adults, who are enrolled with CRIT as of November 1, 2022, are eligible to receive assistance. Tribal Members MUST submit an application and qualify as income eligible to receive a General Assistance Payment for 2022. Links to the applications for your use are below.

Applications may be submitted in person to the CRIT Tribal Administration Office Accounting Department, by email to GWA@crit-nsn.gov, or by mail to: CRIT Accounting Department, 26600 Mohave Road, Parker, AZ 85344,

The 2022 General Welfare Assistance payment replaces the annual Tribal Distribution Payment. The benefits to the membership are that the General Welfare Assistance payment is NOT income subject to federal taxes and should not impact eligibility for benefits such as SSI and food stamps. You will not be issued a 1099 for this payment. Please review the General Welfare Plan for more information. (Click for link to Letter to Tribal Membership...)

The General Welfare Assistance Payment will be mailed or direct deposited as follows:

Application and Forms Due Date:
Must be received by Accounting:
Payment Issued:
October 13, 2022 November 17, 2022
November 22, 2022 December 8, 2022
December 15, 2022 January 12, 2023
Anytime after December 15, 2022,
but before December 31, 2023
Payments issued on a monthly basis

CRIT GENERAL WELFARE ASSISTANCE POLICY - Updated 11/4/2022

General Welfare Assistance Policy 2022 Application - Updated 11/4/2022

General Welfare Assistance Policy 2022 Minor Application - Updated 11/4/2022

Direct Deposit Authoriztion Form

Resolution No. 402-22 - A Resolution to Approve a General Welfare Assistance Policy for All Members of the Colorado River Indian Tribes and Payment for 2022

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NEW! LATEST ISSUE OF THE MANATABA MESSENGER AND
SPECIAL CRIT GENERAL ELECTION ISSUE
(Click on page for link to Issue...)




For Immediate Release
August 17, 2022

Contact:
Mike Scerbo
Rose and Allyn Public and Online Relations

Mobile: 602.615.6523

Email
: mscerbo@roseallynpr.com

Colorado River Indian Tribes React To Announcements Regarding
Declining Water Levels At Lakes Powell and Mead

(Parker, AZ) The Bureau of Reclamation announced on August 16 that Lakes Powell and Mead are continuing to decine, and the Lower Basin will be in a Tier 2 shortage below elevation 1050 in 2023. As Commissioner Touton said, all of us must work together as partners to protect the Colorado River. (Read Entire Press Release..)

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PARKER INDIAN HOSPITAL
DRIVE THRU COVID-19 TESTING

Monday - Friday
*Closed Holidays
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Testing Site at Inpatient Parking Area

*Open to All*

Call to schedule an appointment:
(928) 669-3246

  If you are not registered with CRSU Parker Indian Health Center, please come with the following information:

  • Driver's License, Tribal ID, any form of ID
  • Health Insurance Card Information

Parker Indian Health Center
12033 Agency Road, Parker, AZ 85344
Main Telephone: (928) 669-2137

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ATTENTION CRIT TRIBAL MEMBERS
Tribal Board/Committee/Commission Vacancies

SEEKING ALTERNATE MEMBERS FOR THE ENROLLMENT COMMITTEE

August 4, 2022. The Colorado River Indian Tribes is seeking to fill the positions of a Navajo Alternate to serve on the Enrollment Committee. The positions of a Navajo Alternate will be appointed for an indefinite tenure. The following requirements are:

  • Must be an enrolled member of the Colorado River Indian Tribes
  • Must be fifty-five (55) years of age or older
  • Must have residency within the boundaries of the Colorado River Indian Reservation and continuously maintained residency on the Reservation throughout the tenure of membership.
  • Must be familiar with Tribal history, traditions, culture and membership of the Colorado River Indian Tribes.

The Tribal Council makes appointments to the Enrollment Committee to provide representation on the Enrollment Committee of the aboriginal tribes and other Indian groups from which the diverse membership of the Colorado River Indian Tribes is derived.

Applications are now available in the Enrollment Department. This position is open until filled. (Follow Link to Application)

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Applications for the following vacancies may be picked up at the Tribal Executive Offices or downloaded below:

EDUCATION BOARD
2 - Full Terms - Expiring 12/31/2023

HEALTH BOARD
2 - Full Terms - Expiring 12/31/2023

LIQUOR BOARD
2 - Full Terms - Expiring 12/31/2023
1 - Full Term - Expiring 12/31/2022
1 - Alternate - Expiring 12/31/2023

ENVIRONMENTAL AGRICULTURAL COMMITTEE
1 - Full Term - Expiring 12/31/2022
1 - Full Term Expiring 12/31/2023

TERO COMMISSION
1 - Full Term Expiring 12/31/2023
1 - Full Term Expiring 12/31/2024

CHILDREN'S RESIDENTIAL CENTER ADVISORY BOARD
1 - Full Term Undetermined Medical Professional

Open Until Filled

DOWNLOAD APPLICATION

COLORADO RIVER INDIAN TRIBES
26600 Mohave Road, Parker, AZ 85344 - Telephone (928) 669-1219

Email applications to b.c@crit-nsn.gov or drop off at the Tribal Offices

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For Immediate Release
March 23, 2022

Contact:
Mike Scerbo
Rose and Allyn Public and Online Relations
Mobile: 602.615.6523
Email: mscerbo@roseallynpr.com

U.S. Senate Committee Considers CRIT Water Resiliency Act

The first step for historic legislation is complete 

(WASHINGTON DC) Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) Chairwoman Amelia Flores addressed the U.S. Senate today, March 23rd , in support of a bill that would enable the Tribe to assist Arizona with Colorado River water for critical drought relief while preserving the life of the river and strengthen tribal sovereignty.

The Colorado River Indian Tribes Water Resiliency Act of 2021(S.3308) would create the authority for CRIT to further exercise its water rights. This authority would enable CRIT to allocate its water resources to provide a short-term water supply for entities experiencing drought or shortages across Arizona and protect natural habitats along the Colorado River. The legislation provides CRIT similar rights many federally recognized tribes across the country currently enjoy and benefit from. 

S.3308 was introduced by Senator Mark Kelly and is co-sponsored by Senator Kyrsten Sinema. Endorsers include the Arizona Department of Water Resources, the Salt River Project, the Central Arizona Project, the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association, the City of Phoenix, the Roosevelt Water Conservation District, the National Audubon Society Arizona House Speaker Representative Russell Bowers, and the Water for Arizona Coalition. 

Here is the text of Chairwoman Flores’ testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. (Click for link to entire Press Release)...

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For Immediate Release
March 21,2022

Contact:
Mike Scerbo
Rose and Allyn Public and Online Relations
Mobile 602.615.6523
Email: mscerbo@roseallynpr.com

Colorado River Indian Tribes To Testify Before U.S. Senate In Support Of Federal Legislation That Would Enable The Tribe To Assist With Critical Drought Relief

Senate Committee On Indian Affairs Meets March 23rd To Hear Testimony On The Colorado River Indian Tribes Water Resiliency Act  

(WASHINGTON DC). Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) Chairwoman Amelia Flores is set to address the U.S. Senate March 23rd in support of a bill that would enable the Tribe to assist Arizona with Colorado River water for critical drought relief while preserving the life of the river and strengthen tribal sovereignty. 

Chairwoman Flores will testify before the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, at 2:30pm Eastern Time (11:30am Arizona Time).  (Click on link to entire Press Release)...

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COLORADO RIVER INDIAN TRIBES

      Department of Health and Social Services

ALCOHOL AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROGRAM

OUR MISSION:

To provide effective, culturally sensitive Substance Abuse related treatment to CRIT tribal members as well as other IHS American Indians and Alaskan Natives (AI/AN) residing within the exterior boundaries of the Colorado River Indian Tribal lands, with dedication to provide best practices for Alcohol and Substance Abuse prevention and treatment services to empower clients and their families to improve their health in positive ways.. (Read more...)

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BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES

NEED SOMEONE TO TALK TO?
FEELING DOWN?
CALL THE TRIBAL WARM LINE
1-855-728-8630
CONFIDENTIAL AMERICAN INDIAN
SUPPORT SERVICE
HELP IS AVAILABLE! (Follow Link for More Information...)

Contact Us:

Location:
12033 Agency Road
Parker, AZ 85344
Phone: 928-669-3256

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GENERAL ASSISTANCE

OUR MISSION:

The mission of the Office of Social Services is to administer, develop, provide, integrate, and coordinate social and supportive services for eligible tribal members and other Native Americans residing within the CRIT Reservation... (Follow Link for More Information...)

BURIAL ASSISTANCE
GENERAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
LIHEAP/LIHEA; CRISIS (LOW INCOME HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM)
SENIOR/DISABILITY PROGRAM
TITLE IV B- CHILD WELFARE & PROMOTING SAFE & STABLE FAMILIES
FAMILY, CHILD & ADULT WELFARE SERVICES

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FOSTER CARE

Our Beliefs are Our Traditions, Our Identities are Our Bloodlines, Our Lands are Our Community and Our Children are Our Future...
(Follow Link for More Information...)

Please contact the Foster Care Caseworker at (928) 669-8187 or stop by the Office at 12302 Kennedy Drive, Parker, AZ

Notice of Privacy Practices
Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
Administrative Simplification, Privacy, Security, Transactions

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For Immediate Release
January 18, 2022

Contact:
Mike Scerbo
Rose and Allyn Public and Online Relations
Mobile: 602.615.6523
Email: mscerbo@roseallynpr.com


Central Arizona Project Governing Board Supports Landmark Federal Legislation That Allows The Colorado River Indian Tribes To Lease Its Colorado River Water And Provide Drought Relief For Arizona

(PHOENIX) By a unanimous vote, the Central Arizona Project Governing Board has endorsed The Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) Water Resiliency Act of 2021 (S.3308). This bill, introduced by US Senator Mark Kelly and co-sponsored by Senator Kyrsten Sinema, would give CRIT the authority to lease a portion of its Arizona Colorado River allocation for off-reservation use within Arizona. It is a critical proactive tool to help Arizona cope with ongoing drought. The CAP vote took place during the regular meeting of the Governing Board on January 6th.  (Read Entire Press Release..)

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Chairman Eddy began his service to the Colorado River Indian Tribes by serving as a Tribal Council Member from 1981 through 1998. On December 3, 1998 CRIT General Election, Mr. Eddy was voted in as Chairman and held the position through 2008. Chairman Eddy is the longest sitting Chairman in CRIT history. His contributions to the Tribes and the membership will not be forgotten.


COLORADO RIVER INDIAN TRIBES

Statement from the Colorado River Indian Tribes

The Tribal Council is saddened to report that former CRIT Tribal Council Chairman Daniel Eddy Jr. passed away on Saturday, December 4th. He was first elected to the Tribal Council in 1980 and served as Chairman from 1988 to 2009. Our sincere condolences go out to his family, friends and to the community.

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Contact:
Mike Scerbo
Rose+Allyn Public and Online Relations
Work: 480.423.1414
Mobile: 602.615.6523
Email: mscerbo@roseallynpr.com


Senator Mark Kelly Introduces Federal Legislation That Gives Arizona Drought Relief And Empowers Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT)

Enabling Federal Legislation Has Massive Support From Tribes, Local Governments, Environmental Groups, & Water Users 

(PARKER, AZ.) The Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) is applauding the introduction of federal legislation that would enable CRIT to lease a portion of its federal Colorado River water allocation, clearing the way for critical drought relief in Arizona.  (Link to body of Press Release...)

117th Congress, 1st Session - S. _____

A BILL to authorize the Colorado River Indian Tribes to enter into lease or exchange agreements and storage agreements relating to water of the Colorado Rivre allocated to the Colorado River Indian Tribes, and for other purposes (Link to text of the Bill...)


2021 TRIBAL DISTRIBUTION

2021 Tribal Member Distribution Information and Forms

Tribal Council has approved a 2021 Tribal Member Distribution payment of $1,500.00 for each CRIT Tribal Member. CRIT Tribal Members, both minors and adults, who are enrolled with CRIT as of November 1, 2021 are eligibile to receive a distribution. Tribal Members only have to submit forms for the 2021 tribal distribution if there are changes since last years' distribution. (Click on the link for more information...)

CRIT 2021 Distribution Form For Minors

Direct Deposit Authorization Form

W-9 Request for Taxpayer Identification Number and Certification


COLORADO RIVER INDIAN TRIBES

Statement from the Colorado River Indian Tribes

Chairwoman Amelia Flores and Tribal Council On the Death of CRIT Water Resources Director Devin Heaps

September 9, 2021. CRIT is saddened to announce the death of Water Resources Director Devin Heaps. Devin was hired two years ago and served a critical role in CRIT's water conservation efforts including upgrading irrigation systems on Tribal lands. Devin also served as Emergency Operations Manager for CRIT's COVID-19 response efforts. His tireless dedication to his work and to the CRIT community will be greatly missed. Our sincere condolences go out to Devin's family, friends and co-workers.

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NOTICE: FISH & GAME PERMITS FOR DOVE SEASON, FISHING,
AND OTHER HUNTING SEASONS

Permit Vendor Location & Contact Numbers as of August 2021

Permit Vendor Location & Contact Numbers as of August 2021 (click to follow the link...)


Get It Next Year SUNS


(This awesome photo courtesy of Bobby Robledo & Krystal Laffoon)

CRIT Proclaims the Month of June 2021 as Pride Month in recognition of the contributions made by members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Trans, Queer, Two-Spirited, Plus ("LGBTQ+") community and to actively promote the principles of equality, liberty, and justice on the Colorado River Indian Reservation

WHEREAS,
Article III, Section 2, ofthe Constitution ofthe Colorado River Indian Tribes guarantees that all members have certain inherent rights, namely to the enjoyment of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and safety; and
WHEREAS,
the Colorado River Indian Tribes revere the value and dignity of life and appreciates the importance of equality and freedom; and
WHEREAS,
all walks of life are welcome on the Colorado River Indian Tribes’ Reservation to live, work, enjoy life in the pursuit oflife, liberty and happiness; and
WHEREAS,
the Colorado River Indian Tribes, denounces prejudice and unfair discrimination based on age, gender identity, gender expression, race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, sexual orientation, or physical attributes as an affront to our fundamental principles; and

COLORADO RIVER INDIAN TRIBES PROCLAMATION NO. 02-21 (Click on link to read Proclamation 02-21 in its entirety)

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COLORADO RIVER REGION WATER SYSTEM

Notice to CRIT Utilities Customers

April 29, 2021. As most of you may know, on March 30, 2021 the systems within the Colorado River Indian Tribes experienced an outage that included our services. This has delayed our billing cycle which should have occurred April 15, 2021, for March 2021 services... (Click on link to read more...)

Information about potable water, link about cloudy water, water conservation during the summer, new water meter installation, Water Dept. contact information... (Clink on link to read more...)


CRIT Proclaims the Month of May 2021 as Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Awareness Month to honor missing and murdred women, girls and men and women/girls who have lost their lives due to violence

COLORADO RIVER INDIAN TRIBES PROCLAMATION NO. 01-21

(Photo courtesy of CRIT Media Facebook)

CRIT mourns the loss of a leader. Our prayers go out to the famly,
friends and the community. Rest in Power Councilman Hill.





COLORADO RIVER INDIAN TRIBES

Statement from the Colorado River Indian Tribes

April 15, 2021

CRIT Chairwoman Amelia Flores and members of the Tribal Council are saddened to report that long-serving Tribal Council Member Johnny HIll, Jr. has passed away.  CRIT extends its deepest sympathies to Johnny Hill's family and friends. The Tribal Council shares in their grief and mourns the loss of this beloved member of our community.  May he rest in peace.


COLORADO RIVER INDIAN TRIBES

Utilities Department
29550 Highway 95 / P.O. Box 827
Parker, AZ 85344

April 15, 2021

(Parker, AZ) CRIT Utilities has become aware of a recent social media post regarding the safety of water treated and delivered by CRIT Utilities. In order to avoid unnecessary alarm these posts may cause for those in the community, CRIT Utilities wants the community to better understand the process of monitoring contaminants in the water system.

The Colorado River Regional Water System (“CRRWS”) and all public water systems on the reservation are subject to oversight by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (“US EPA”) and must comply with federal laws, primarily the Safe Drinking Water Act.  In accordance with these laws CRRWS must test water on a regular basis pursuant to US EPA approved Sample Siting Plans to ensure the drinking water meets these standards for safe consumption.  This includes monthly testing at ten locations for coliforms (such as e-coli) and annual or bi-yearly for other substances including but not limited to lead, copper, nitrates, and arsenic.  Trained and certified staff with CRIT Utilities collect these samples to ensure they are collected in the correct manner to avoid cross-contamination and proper handling.

The CRRWS is required to issue an Annual Water Quality Report, also referred to as a Consumer Confidence Report, by July 1 of each year to each customer.  This report provides a snapshot of your water quality during the prior year.

CRRWS wants to assure the community that the water is safe to drink.  However, naturally occurring minerals that cause water hardness may result in a taste or appearance that some individuals do not like, but this is not a safety issue.  If anyone has a concern regarding the quality or safety of the CCRWS water please contact CRIT Utilities at (928) 669-2121 or in writing to CRIT Utilities at 26600 Mohave Rd., Parker AZ 85344.   In the event you do not get a response from CRIT Utilities please contact CRIT EPO at (928) 662-4336.

Alex Covarrubias
Acting CRIT Utilities Director




For Immediate Release
January 26, 2021

Contact:
Mike Scerbo
Rose + Moser + Allyn Public and Online Relations
Work: 480.423.1414
Mobile: 602.615.6523

Local Governments, Environmental Groups, Water Users, And Arizona Coalitions Rally In Support Of CRIT’s Right To Lease Water

Colorado River Indian Tribes Poised To Utilize Authority Once Congress Acts

(PARKER, AZ.) New federal legislation that will enable the Colorado River Indian Tribes to lease a portion of its federal water allocation is gaining broad support from Arizona stakeholders.

Following the conclusion of a listening session held by the Arizona Department of Water Resources in December, 2020, interested parties were invited to submit public comment on the proposal. Supportive comments, including those written by CAWCD, SRP, Phoenix and numerous environmental organizations, outnumbered comments in opposition by a margin of 7:1.

CRIT Chairwoman Amelia Flores stated, “These endorsements from such diverse groups make a compelling case to Congress that this bill will provide needed drought relief, affirm CRIT’s sovereignty and create economic opportunities for our region.”

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For Immediate Release 11/16/2020

Contact:
Mike Scerbo
Rose + Moser + Allyn Public and Online Relations
Work: 480.423.1414
Mobile: 602.615.6523
Email: mscerbo@rosemoserallynpr.com

CRIT Proposes Landmark Federal Legislation That Will Help Arizona Drought Relief And Provide Economic Opportnities for Tribal Members

(PARKER, AZ.) The Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) Tribal Council is proposing new federal legislation that would enable CRIT to lease a portion of its federal water allocation to bring about more drought relief for Arizona and economic opportunities for tribal members.

If passed and signed into law, this proposed federal legislation would allow CRIT, like numerous other Arizona tribes, to lease water off its reservation. CRIT is the largest holder of first priority Colorado River Water in Arizona. In 2019, CRIT tribal members approved Protect and Prosper: The CRIT Water Ordinance with nearly two-thirds of the vote, a critical first step towards the introduction of federal legislation. The CRIT Tribal Council had unanimously referred the Water Ordinance to the voters.

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