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Resolution No. 340-20 Reinstating Resolution No. 54-20 Requiring All Non-Essential Businesses to Close and all Non-Essential Personnel to Stay at Home From December 24, 2020 until January 31, 2021 (Click on link...)

COVID-19 NOTIFICATIONS...

One (1) Tribal Community Member Death and Twenty-two (22) New Positive Cases of Coronavirus for the Colorado River Indian Tribes
January 19, 2021... (Updated 1/21/2021)

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COLORADO RIVER INDIAN TRIBES
December 29, 2020

CRIT Cancels Off-Road Races Scheduled for January Due to COVID-19

The recent spike in COVID-19 cases has made it necessary for the Colorado River Indian Tribes to cancel both the 2021 BlueWater Resort Pre-Fun Run, scheduled for January 8th through the 10th, and the Parker 425, which was scheduled for January 13th through the 16th.

CRIT has notified racing organizers of its decision.

The influx of thousands of racing spectators would drastically increase the number of COVID-19 cases on the CRIT Reservation when the pandemic is already reaching alarming numbers.

As the races are held on Tribal land, CRIT can cancel such events under Tribal sovereignty.

Indian Health Services has reported 141 new cases between December 1st and the 27th. The statistics are expected to escalate as recent reports continue to come in.

Overall, La Paz County has reported 473 cases between December 1st and December 29th, from 874 cases to 1347 cases. This includes a handful of delayed cases reported from November.

On December 24th, CRIT re-instated the previously approved “Stay at Home Order,” also known as resolution 54-20. That order will remain in effect until at least January 31st.

Provisions of the Stay at Home order Include:

  • A reservation-wide curfew for all individuals from 10 pm to 5 am is except for travel for essential work or medical care.
  • All private gatherings, including wakes and funerals, of more than six people, shall be postponed (excluding members of the same household). Also, there is no non-essential travel.
  • Recreational activities are suspended. This does not exclude individuals or family units from walking around their neighborhood, playing outside in their yard, running, or biking provided social distancing is practiced. This does exclude large groups playing group sports, contact or not.
  • The Stay at Home Order requirements are enforceable by the issuance of a civil citation with fines from $100 up to $1000 for intentional or repeat violations.

Chairman Dennis Patch stated, “We must take this pandemic seriously and place the health of our Tribal members front and center. It would be reckless and irresponsible to permit these races to occur when COVID-19 continues to pose such an immense threat. Through common sense and cooperation, we can all turn the tide of this most recent surge. These races have been a thrilling source of recreation in the past, and we hope for their return in the future once the pandemic has passed. Thanks to everyone for their cooperation and understanding.”


COLORADO RIVER INDIAN TRIBES
December 24, 2020

Stay At Home Resolution ReInstated Effective Immediately

Resolution No. 340-20 (Click to follow link...) Updated 12/31/2020
Resolution No. 54-20 (Click to follow link..)

Because of a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases on the CRIT Reservation and in an abundance of caution, CRIT Chairman Dennis Patch is reinstating the previously approved "Stay at Home Order" also known as Resolution 54-20. These include:

  • A reservation-wide curfew shall remain in effect for all individuals from 10pm to 5am with the exception of travel for essential work or medical care.

  • All private gatherings, including wakes and funerals, of more than 6 people shall be postponed (excluding members of the same household). In addition, there is no non-essential travel.

  • Recreational activities are suspended. This does not include individuals or family units from walking around their neighborhood, playing outside in their yard, running or biking provided social distancing is practiced. This excludes large groups playing group sports, contact or not.

The requirements of the Stay At Home Order are enforceable by issuance of civil citation with fines from $100 up to $1000 for intentional or repeat violations.

However, tribal enterprises and departments will remain operational with current safety protocols, including continued compliance with the reservation wide Face Mask mandate.

Indeed, the "Safer At Home Resolution" requires Chairman to reinstate the "Stay at Home Order" if there is an 8% or more bi-weekly change of Indian Health Services COVID-19 cases. There has been a 9.1% increase of cases reported as of December 23rd. Indian Health Services has reported 113 cases to date in December alone, which is more than the 100 cases reported August through November combined.

Chairman Patch stated, "The health and safety of the people of CRIT must come first. We cannot take chances with this deadly pandemic. We must all do our part to keep COVID-19 from spreading and these measures are the best way to accomplish that. I realize this comes during the holidays. But it's better to take precautions now so that our family and loved ones will be with us for years to come. Many of our tribal member families are currently ill with COVID-19 and will be recuperating this Christmas and New Year holiday. Our thoughts and prayers are with each one of you for a quick recovery. We know we can turn the tide of this surge in cases if everyone stays at home with immediate family only and avoids all non-essential activities and travel."


Happy New Year

Wishing you the very best for 2021! 

Dear Patrons - 
Due to the increase of Covid-19 in our community and adhering to CRIT Resolution #54-20, the CRIT Library and Archives will remain closed to the public.

We will continue to make our book and DVD’s available for checkout. Instructions can be found on our website.

Our guiding principle through this process will be to provide a safe working environment for library staff and a safe library experience for you.

The library staff will continue to work hard to shift focus to a virtual environment so that we can continue to serve you in some capacity.

We are continuing to answer phone inquiries for those of you who need additional help or have other questions.

Please continue to check our website for updates – as we finalize plans, they will be posted there.

Keep reading and stay safe!


NOTICE TO ALL INTERESTED PARTIES OF POTENTIAL LEGISLATION AUTHORIZING THE COLORADO RIVER INDIAN TRIBES TO MARKET ITS COLORADO RIVER WATER ENTITLEMENT AND RELATED AGREEMENTS AND NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETINGS

https://new.azwater.gov/public-notice/CRIT

The Director of the Department will accept written public comments regarding the potential legislation and agreements. Such comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 8, 2021. Written comments can be mailed, hand-delivered or sent via email or fax. If mailed, written comments must be postmarked no later than Friday, January 8, 2021. Please send comments to:

Arizona Department of Water Resources
Attn: Sharon Scantlebury
P.O. Box 36020
Phoenix, AZ 85067-6020
(602) 771-8472 (phone)
(602) 771-8687 (fax)
sscantlebury@azwater.gov




COLORADO RIVER INDIAN TRIBES

December 7, 2020

SPECIAL CRIT 2020 GENERAL ELECTION INFORMATION (Click on link)

For Immediate Release
12/6/20
Contact:
Mike Scerbo
Rose + Moser + Allyn Public and Online Relations
Work: 480.423.1414
Mobile: 602.615.6523
Email: mscerbo@rosemoserallynpr.com

Colorado River Indian Tribes Elect Tribal Leaders

(PARKER, AZ.) Voters of the Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) have elected Amelia Flores as Tribal Chairwoman and five members to the Tribal Council. The vote was held December 5th. The results are unofficial until the vote is certified Monday, December 7th. In addition to the Chairman’s post, there were four open seats to serve four year terms on the Tribal Council and a single open seat to serve a two year term.

Tribal members cast ballots via the mail and in person, in an election process that carefully followed health and safety protocols.

Amelia Flores was elected Chair from a field of five candidates. Each received the following number of votes according to the unofficial tally.

Richard Evans 56
Amelia Flores 434
Dwight Lomayesva Jr. 188
Granthum Stevens 66
Dennis Patch 274

Johnson “JD” Fisher, Jaymee Moore, Tommy Drennan, and Robert “Bobby” Page were elected to fill four open seats for four-year terms on the Tribal Council from a field of 17 candidates. Each received the following number of votes according to the unofficial tally.

Timothy Mariscal 74
Johnson “J.D.” Fisher 412   
Leo Scott 234
Woodrow Sharp 314
Richard Dillon Esquerra 63
Jimmy Alcaida 227
Amanda Barrera 241
Anthony Stone Jr. 115
Tommie Miller 167
Timothy Stevens-Welsh 266
Etta Anderson 76
Robert “Bobby” Page 317
Chance Fisher 115
Tommy Drennan 371
Valerie Welsh-Tahbo 308
Lori Knighton 211
Jaymee Moore 385

Josephine Tahbo was elected to fill a two-year term on the Tribal Council from a field of five candidates. Each received the following number of votes according to the unofficial tally.

Jermaine “Boyda” Fisher 247
Daphne Hill-Poolaw 103
Josephine Tahbo 333
Erica James 111
Daris Laffoon 212

The Tribal Council will hold a special meeting on Monday December 7th at 9:00 am to make the vote official.


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.

Federal legislation to permit leasing, not selling, a portion of CRIT’s Colorado River federal entitlement off reservation could provide Arizona with additional drought relief The legislation would authorize the CRIT to lease a portion of its Arizona allocation for off-reservation use within Arizona. The water to be made available for lease will be measured by previous consumptive use by CRIT.

Prior to a bill being introduced in Congress, the state of Arizona will be seeking public input.

Virtual public hearings will be held in early December so that tribal members as well as water stakeholders in Arizona can learn more about the proposed legislation to authorize CRIT to lease its water off the reservation and to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to approve such leases.

Last year a tribal referendum gave the Tribal Council a clear mandate to seek federal legislation to authorize CRIT to lease part of its entitlement of water for off-reservation use. CRIT looks forward to having the same rights regarding its federal water allocation as other tribes in Arizona and throughout the western United States.

CRIT Chairman Dennis Patch said, “CRIT is one of the few entities that has real water at its disposal, not water that exists only on paper. We take that role seriously as we consider agreements that provide drought relief for Arizona, and provide economic benefits for the people of CRIT while at the same time preserving the life of the Colorado River.”

Vice Chairman Keith Moses said, “This is going to be a very public process with public meetings and comments in Arizona before there are hearings in Washington, DC and that’s critical because the more the public understands this legislation, the more they will support it.”

CRIT is currently making 50,000 acre-feet of water available a year for three years as system conservation to prop up the elevations in Lake Mead under an agreement and funding from the State of Arizona and NGO and corporate funders. In total, by the end of 2022 CRIT will have contributed enough water to Lake Mead to raise the elevation by almost three feet helping to prevent shortages. 

CRIT has the first priority decreed water right to divert 662,402 acre-feet per year to serve lands in Arizona. This first-priority right is not likely to be cut during shortages and will be a valuable addition to the water available to the State of Arizona.

Vice Chairman Keith Moses said, “This is going to be a very public process with public meetings and comments in Arizona before there are hearings in Washington, DC and that’s critical because the more the public understands this legislation, the more they will support it.”

CRIT is currently making 50,000 acre-feet of water available a year for three years as system conservation to prop up the elevations in Lake Mead under an agreement and funding from the State of Arizona and NGO and corporate funders. In total, by the end of 2022 CRIT will have contributed enough water to Lake Mead to raise the elevation by almost three feet helping to prevent shortages.

CRIT has the first priority decreed water right to divert 662,402 acre-feet per year to serve lands in Arizona. This first-priority right is not likely to be cut during shortages and will be a valuable addition to the water available to the State of Arizona. 

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.




ATTENTION CRIT TRIBAL MEMBERS
Tribal Board/Committee/Commission Vacancies

October 13, 2020

A great way to take part of your tribal community is to serve on a board or committee. The Colorado River Indian Tribes wishes to encourage you to participate in your local tribal governance by serving as a Board/Committee member or Commissioner. The Tribal Boards and Committees serve as advisory or regulatory groups that set standards, make decisions regarding policies, and provide guidance to programs under the Tribal government. As a volunteer, you can contribute your service, knowledge and leadership skills in a meaningful way.

Applications may be picked up at the Tribal Executive Offices or online at crit-nsn.gov for the following:

EDUCATION BOARD
3 - Full Terms - Expiring 12/31/2022

HEALTH BOARD
3 - Full Terms - Expiring 12/31/2022

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

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

TERO COMMISSION
1 - Full Term Expiring 12/31/2020

ETHICS REVIEW BOARD
3 Full Term - Expiring 12/31/2023

BUSINESS ENTERPRISE BOARD
3 - Full Term - Expiring 12/31/2022
2 - Full Term - Expiring 12/31/2023

Deadline to Apply December 4, 2020

Colorado River Indian Tribes
26600 Mohave Road, Parker, Arizona 85344
Telephone: (928) 669-1219

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

APPLICATION LINK...


COLORADO RIVER INDIAN TRIBES

      Department of Health and Social Services

We are strongly urging all individuals to limit contact outside your immediate household as much as possible and to wear a face mask when you must be outside of your home. 

The Department of Health and Social Services will work in conjunction with Parker Indian Health Center to identify and notify any contacts the individuals may have had recently.  If you have any symptoms such as fever, shortness of breath, cough, sore throat, headache, myalgias (body aches), chills, repeating shaking with chills, and new loss of taste or smell, please contact the Parker Indian Health Center or your primary physician.

All residents on CRIT reservation are reminded to follow the CRIT Safer at Home Resolution, along with the Reservation wide face mask requirement, in order to protect themselves and their households.  Everyone is also reminded to stay at home except for essential tasks and limit contact with anyone who is not a member of your immediate household.

CRIT Reservation Wide Face Mask Requirement still remains in effect, requiring all individuals, businesses and patrons on CRIT reservation to wear a face mask when in public.  Face masks are MANDATORY for all CRIT Employees and any persons conducting business at the CRIT Tribal Office Complex.

  The best ways to protect yourself are to take certain precautions including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  If soap and water is unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

  •  Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Wear a face mask when you must leave your home to conduct essential tasks.

  • Avoid close contact with anyone outside of your immediate household.

  • Stay home when you are sick.

  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. Cover your cough or sneezes with a tissue and immediately discard the tissue in the trash.





Congratulations to Audriana Mitchell 2019-2020 Miss Indian Arizona


Photo courtesy of Miss Indian Arizona Association

CRIT Royalty 2019-2020, L-R, Marilyn Lomayesva, Junior Miss; Nokomis Stone, Miss CRIT; Winter Harper, Little Miss


Photo courtesy of CRIT Royalty Pageant


CRIT Chairman Dennis Patch comments on the System Conservation Agreement with the State of Arizona
August 16, 2019




Colorado River Indian Tribes Assumes Major Role In Drought Relief Efforts In Arizona and Western U.S.
August 7, 2019

(PHOENIX) The Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) has been recognized by the Central Arizona Project for signing the System Conservation Agreement with the State of Arizona and its crucial role in drought relief. This took place during the August first Central Arizona Water Conservation District (CAP) regular meeting in Phoenix.


CRIT ENROLLMENT OFFICE

Notice to Update Addresses to All CRIT Tribal Members:

CRIT Tribal members please contact the CRIT Enrollment office to update your 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.



 
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