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COVID-19 NOTIFICATIONS... (Updated 11/19/2020)

SPECIAL CRIT 2020 GENERAL ELECTION INFORMATION (Click on link)


COLORADO RIVER INDIAN TRIBES
Department of Health and Social Services
November 17, 2020

The Tribal Council has approved a $150 Thanksgiving food stimulus payment to be sent to all tribal members who are the age of 18 and over as of November 1, 2020. They are being processed and will be in the mail soon.

This payment does not replace the normal distribution checks coming out soon. If you have changed your address or moved, please ensure your mailing address is updated with the Enrollment Office to receive both checks.

We understand that Thanksgiving is time for families to come together but ask that you use caution during this holiday time as Covid numbers start to rise again. Continue to be smart in your visits and use social distancing. Wear your mask and wash your hands.  If you don’t need to be out anywhere, continue to stay at home.

 We take a moment to be thankful for making it thru the year this far and also take a moment of silence to remember those who did not. 

Stay Safe everyone and have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Telephone (928) 669-6577 • Fax (928) 669-8881

12302 Kennedy Drive • Colorado River Indian Reservation •Parker, Arizona 85344




For Immediate Release 11/16/2020

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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.


FREE BOOKS

9 AM - 4 PM, Monday through Friday, every week of November


Due to overwhelming success the Colorado River Indian Tribes Library & Archives is giving out hundreds of FREE books in front of the library. Bags, gloves, and hand sanitizer are provided. Masks required. Take as many or as little as you want! 




Updated "Safer At Home" Resolution
October 30, 2020

Tribal Council Resolution No. 281-20 -  A Resolution to Approve Extension of Phase Two Measures to Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19 with a "Safer At Home" Order Effective Until December 31, 2020 (Click on Link)

The Resolution shall take effect November 1, 2020 and shall remain in effect until December 31, 2020, or until Tribal Council, in consultation with public health officials, determines that the threat has decreased or increased and these restrictions can be lifted or Stay at Home orders must be reinstated..

Resolution No. 196-20 Tribal Council Resolution to Approve Extension Phase Two Measures to Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19 with a "Safer At Home" Order Effective Until October 31, 2020

R-54-20 Resolution to Require All Non-Essential Businesses to Close and all Non-Essential Personnel to Stay at Home

Sacred Heart Catholic Parish - Notification of Positive Case
October 21, 2020


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...


SCHOOL GRANT APPLICATION (LINK...)


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

The Colorado River Indian Tribes are committed to combating the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on the Colorado River Indian Reservation.  Extensive efforts have been made in an attempt to slow the spread of this rapidly growing disease.  The Tribal Council has diligently contemplated all enacted actions and continues to develop future protocol in an attempt to restrict access to our community from recreational visitors and impose action necessary to keep people in their homes.  The following are links to the stay at home orders issued by the Colorado River Indian Tribes, AZ, CA and NV.  We direct you to follow the respective orders of your current place of residence and STAY AT HOME except for essential needs as described in these orders.  Do not come to the Colorado River Indian Reservation to visit your seasonal residence or for purposes of recreation while these stay at home orders are in effect.  We must all do our part to slow the spread of this rapidly spreading disease.  Thank you and be safe.

Statement on Use of Face Masks
June 19, 2020

Resolution No. 98-20 Tribal Council Resolution to Mandate the Wearing of Face Covering to Slow the Spread of COVID-19
June 29, 2020

Colorado River Indian Tribes' Statement for Stay at Home Order


Partial Easing of Covid-19 Restrictions Starts September 1st
August 27, 2020

(Parker, AZ) The CRIT Tribal Council has voted to enact a Safer At Home Resolution which eases some but not all of the restructions resulting from COVID-19. The prior more restrictive Stay At Home Resolution has been in place since April 1st. The new measures are considered Phase Two of the effort to combat the Coronavirus.

This is being done as the number of new COVID-19 cases has been gradually decreasing. The CRIT community has seen only 15 new cases reported between August 1st and 23rd.

Tribal Council Chairman Dennis Patch stated, "We are grateful COVID-19 numbers have eased. That is why we are easing some restrictions. However it would be premature to say the danger has passed. That's why some measures must remain in place. This is a common sense approach that keeps our community safe and our local economy strong under very trying circumstances."

The Tribal Council is still urging the community to shelter in place if possible, especially those with underlying health conditions. And CRIT's prior face mask rules for public  settings are still in place. However some restrictions can now be eased.

The new Safer at Home Resolution goes into effect on September 1st and will remain in effect until at least September 30th. Whether or not the restrictions will remain after September 30th largely depends on the continued downward trend in new cases.

Seasonal residents who reside in any of the Mobile Home, RV Parks, housing developments or have a homesite lease on the reservation can access their residences after September 8th. That applies just to members of the immediate household of the lessee.

Indoor gatherings must be limited to 10 people and outdoor gatherings are limited to 25.

Bars, movie theaters, gyms, museums, stadium sport events, day camps (excluding child care) and concerts shall remain closed but indoor dining at restaurants may be permitted at no more than 50% capacity and a plan must be submitted for Tribal Council approval detailing health and safety standards. Churches must submit a health and safety plan before they can reopen as well.

Schools can open for hybrid in person/virtual learning provided state benchmarks for moderate or minimal transmission are met for two weeks prior to beginning in person learning and a health and safety plan is submitted to the Tribal Council.

Large venues, such as the BlueWater Resort and Casino shall remain closed unless they submit a plan for Tribal Council approval detailing a plan to maintain CDC, OSHA and CRIT standards. They must also provide details of infection prevention measures such as the use of face masks, and engineering and administrative controls for social distancing and reduced occupancy requirements, among other steps.

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

Resolution 196-20 Tribal Council Resolution to Approve Extending Phase Two Measures to Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19 with a "Safer At Home" Order Effective Until October 31, 2020


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 Fish & Game 2020 Permit Rates
August 22, 2019

Beginning January 2020 CRIT Entry Permits will increase..



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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