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No. 371-22 to Modify the "Mandate to Wear Face Coverings to
Slow the Spread of COVID-19"
Additional Positive Cases of Coronavirus for July 27th - August 2nd, 2022
NEW! 2022 GENERAL WELFARE ASSISTANCE PAYMENT
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 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:
A Question & Answer session will be held at the
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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month but not just October
It’s an important reminder to promote and support evidence-based treatment and recovery practices and therefore this year the Domestic Violence Advocate Program is working jointly with the Southwest Indigenous Women’s coalition to see if there is an interest to bring training the Colorado River Indian Tribes.
The Domestic Violence Training Survey will determine what types of interest is needed here on the Colorado River Indian reservation. As service providers we all know it is a struggle to mange our time away from the office and therefore the opportunity for local training is ideal to bring during October which is also nationally recognized as Domestic Violence month. The survey outlines the topic and if there are others not listed you are more than welcome to list it on the reservation.
Ideally, trainings like this will bring about trauma informed practices in our work place and our community to decrease violence within our community.
This survey link https://forms.gle/uixgHfQt7y5wugkz9 will go directly to Southwest indigenous Coalition and the deadline to return the survey will be September 22,2022.
If you have problems filling out the survey please contact the Domestic Violence Advocate at (928) 669-2906.
I sincerely appreciate your participation
Thank you, Patch, CRIT Victim
Patch, CRIT Victim Advocate
ISSUE OF THE MANATABA MESSENGER AND
INVITATION FOR PUBLIC COMMENT
September 15, 2022. The CRIT Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), Office of Social Services (OSS), is seeking public comments for the FY2023 LIHEAP Grant Application
You are invited to comment on the program and to assist in identifying opportunities to help improve services. The notice and its entirety can be viewed at the link below.
Please submit your comments or
suggestions to: Sylvia Hill, MSW, Social Services Manager
For Immediate Release
River Indian Tribes React To Announcements Regarding
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.
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.
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PARKER INDIAN HOSPITAL
DRIVE THRU COVID-19 TESTING
Monday - Friday
Testing Site at Inpatient Parking Area
*Open to All*
Call to schedule an
If you are not registered with CRSU Parker Indian Health Center, please come with the following information:
Parker Indian Health
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ATTENTION CRIT TRIBAL MEMBERS
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:
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.
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Applications for the following vacancies may be picked up at the Tribal Executive Offices or downloaded below:
ENVIRONMENTAL AGRICULTURAL COMMITTEE
CHILDREN'S RESIDENTIAL CENTER ADVISORY BOARD
Open Until Filled
COLORADO RIVER INDIAN TRIBES
Email applications to email@example.com or drop off at the Tribal Offices
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For Immediate Release
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
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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ALCOHOL AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROGRAM
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?
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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...)
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Our Beliefs are Our Traditions, Our Identities are
Our Bloodlines, Our Lands are Our Community and Our Children are Our
Please contact the Foster Care Caseworker at (928) 669-8187 or stop by the Office at 12302 Kennedy Drive, Parker, AZ
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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.
In 2020, prior to the introduction of the bill, the Arizona Department of Water Resources held public hearings on potential water leasing legislation. Arizona entities expressing support included:
If passed, the legislation would allow CRIT to lease a part of its water allocation for use off the reservation to protect natural habitats along the river and provide direct drought relief to Arizona entities. Numerous other tribes in Arizona and around the country have the right to lease their water.
CRIT is currently using part of its allocation to help the State of Arizona maintain water levels in Lake Mead. Those efforts would continue if S.3308 were passed.
CRIT started leaving water in Lake Mead in 2016 to help avoid shortages. CRIT left 55,000 acre-feet of water in Lake Mead in 2020 and 2021, according to provisions in the Drought Contingency Plan, and will again in 2022.
CRIT has sufficient resources to accomplish all of its goals thanks to conservation efforts that include irrigation and farming efficiencies, as well as fallowing farmland. Indeed, CRIT comes to the table with actual existing water resources, as opposed to water that only exists on paper.
CRIT Chairwoman Amelia Flores said, “Because we have been serious about conserving water, we have the ability to protect the life of the Colorado River as well as providing short term drought relief to entities that need it. Conservation is paramount for CRIT and the CAP and we hope S.3308 becomes law so we can all work together and protect the life of the Colorado River.”
“We are pleased to support this legislation, allowing the CRIT – one of Arizona's largest and most senior Colorado River water rights holders – to have more flexibility in managing its water resources. This also allows CRIT to become more fully engaged in addressing the water-related challenges facing Arizona,” said Ted Cooke, CAP General Manager.
CRIT has the first priority decreed water right to divert 719,248 acre-feet (about 234 billion gallons) per year to serve lands in both Arizona and California.
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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.
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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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.
117th Congress, 1st Session - S. _____
2021 TRIBAL DISTRIBUTION
2021 Tribal Member
Distribution Information and Forms
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,
Location & Contact Numbers as of August 2021
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
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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
CRIT mourns the
loss of a leader. Our prayers go out to the famly,
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.
(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.
For Immediate Release
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.
(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.”
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.Read more...