CRIT ENROLLMENT OFFICE

Notice to All CRIT Tribal Members  to Update Addresses

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.

You can now download an Enrollment Application here..

Application for Enrollment


CRIT CAREER DEVELOPMENT OFFICE

Click on this link to visit the Career Development Office page for updated information on applications for Higher Education, Vocational Education and Youth Services.


CRIT FISH & GAME

Click on this link to visit the CRIT Fish & Game page for updated information on Hunting, Fishing, Camping Regulations and Permits

 

 

 


DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE & FINANCE

 

Business Licenses Required


Application for Business License

 

Business License Application Instructions & FAQ






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Tourism Spotlight

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. 313-21 to Extend Phase Two Measures to Mitigate the Spread of COVID-19 with "Safer At Home" Orders Effective From November 1, 2021 until December 31, 2021
October 25, 2021  (Updated 11/1/2021)

Resolution No. 254-21 to Modify the Mandate to Wear Face Coverings to Slow the Spread of COVID-19
August 11, 2021

COVID-19 NOTIFICATIONS...

Notification of Two (2) New Positive Cases of Coronavirus for the Colorado River Indian Tribes
December 4, 2021   (Updated 12/6/2021)

Notification of Thirteen (13) New Positive Cases of Coronavirus for the Colorado River Indian Tribes
November 30, 2021   (Updated 12/1/2021)

Notification of Fifteen (15) New Positive Cases of Coronavirus for the Colorado River Indian Tribes
November 24, 2021

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


 

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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Mike Scerbo

Rose+Allyn Public and Online Relations

Work: 480.423.1414

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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.

Senator Mark Kelly has introduced a bill, co-sponsored by Senator Kyrsten Sinema, that would give CRIT the authority to lease a portion of its Arizona allocation for off-reservation use within Arizona. The legislation gives CRIT similar rights to lease water many other Tribes currently enjoy and benefit from. (Link to body of Press Release...)


 

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

The Tribes is soliciting proposals from qualified firms or individuals for energy consulting services as needed... (Link to Energy Consulting Services RFP...)

The Colorado River Indian Tribes (“CRIT” or “the Tribes”) is a federally recognized Indian Tribe with almost 300,000 acres of reservation lands located in both California and Arizona. CRIT’s Tribal Offices are located in Parker, AZ with several enterprises located throughout the reservation. For additional information about CRIT’s history and enterprises, please visit http://www.crit-nsn.gov/.

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COLORADO RIVER INDIAN TRIBES TRIBAL MEMBER VACCINATION INCENTIVE PROGRAM

Fully vaccinated Tribal members are eligible to receive cash payments of $500 or $250 thanks to an incentive program just approved by the Colorado River Indian Tribes. CRIT is implementing the program using funds received by the Tribes pursuant to the American Rescue Plan Act.

Every Tribal member 18 and up who receives both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or the required single dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine are eligible for a onetime payment of $500. The payment is $250 for Tribal members between 12 and 17 years of age. Those who have been previously vaccinated are eligible.

Tribal Council Chairwoman Amelia Flores stated, “For us to truly defeat the pandemic, everyone who can be vaccinated should be vaccinated. Until that happens, more of our members risk becoming sick or dying. We can’t let this happen. These incentives are a wise use of dollars that provide some economic relief as well as preventing the spread of COVID-19."

The application period starts October 1st and ends December 31st. Click on the links below for more information including eligibility and Form

Follow link to read the CRIT Tribal Member Vaccination Incentive Policy...

Vaccine Incentive Form

Submit completed Applications to the CRIT Enrollment Department, 26600 Mohave Road, Parker, AZ 85344

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2021 TRIBAL DISTRIBUTION

2020 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

      Department of Health and Social Services

INVITATION FOR PUBLIC COMMENT

September 15, 2021. The CRIT Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), Office of Social Services (OSS), is seeking public comments for the FY2022 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 www.crit-nsn.gov

Please submit your comments or suggestions to: Sylvia Hill, MSW, Social Services Manager
At: sylvia.hill@crit-nsn.gov  

CRIT DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH and SOCIAL SERVICES

Detailed Model Plan (Click on the link for more information...)

2022 Payment Standards

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CARES Act LIHEAP Supplemental Funding is Available
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
APPLICATIONS ARE AVAILABLE NOW UNTIL FULLY SPENT OR UP TO SEPTEMBER 30, 2021

September 13, 2021. The CARES Act LIHEAP Supplemental Funding is to help prevent, prepare for, or respond to home energy needs surrounding the public health pandemic caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).. (Click on the link for more information)


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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June 11, 2021. The Tribal Council is pleased to announce that the Regular Council Meeting on June 12, 2021 will be open to the tribal membership on a limited basis in accordance with the reqirements of Resolution No 110-21. At this time only 11 tribal members will be able to attend the meeting inside the Tribal Council chambers due to the 50% occupancy limitation. Elders will be given first priority to attend on a first come first serve basis.

As we move into the next two phases of Resolution No. 110-21 occupancy limits will permit 21 tribal members to attend inside chambers at the July 10th Regular Council Meeting and 32 tribal members at the August 14th Regular Council Meeting.  Tribal Council is exploring other options that will permit more tribal members to observe and participate in the Regular Council Meeting at an additional site starting with the July 10th meeting.  Face masks are still required to be worn by those tribal members in attendance inside chambers.  Tribal Council appreciates the patience the tribal membership has shown during this difficult year and looks forward to once again hearing, in person, the issues and concerns of its membership.

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(Click to COVID-19 VACCINE Q&A Fast Facts link...)


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...)



         Colorado River Indian Tribes Bid Opportunities

Colorado River Indian Tribes’s Open and Closed Solicitations.

Click on the link below to see details of all open opportunities and register to get notified of bid opportunities..


https://www.bidnetdirect.com/arizona/coloradoriverindiantribes


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.”

The proposal by CRIT would enable the tribe to lease portions of its federal water allocation that have previously been consumptively used. These leases could help provide Arizona with water for critical environmental projects and needed drought relief while creating significant new economic opportunities for CRIT Tribal members. In 2019, by a margin of more than 60%, CRIT members voted to give the Tribal Council authority to seek enabling federal legislation to lease water. That support now extends well beyond the Tribal borders.

The Water for Arizona Coalition sent a letter of support to the Arizona Department of Water Resources which states in part: “This legislation and its related agreements would remove a critical barrier CRIT faces in fully using its water rights by authorizing CRIT to lease, exchange and store underground a portion of its consumptively used decreed Colorado River water allocation off of its reservation, within the Lower Basin of the State of Arizona.” The Water for Arizona Coalition is chaired by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) and supports innovative practices and smart policies to ensure a reliable water supply to meet Arizona’s water needs.

The National Audubon Society also weighed in stating the legislation would provide “exactly the kind of flexibility needed to save the life of the Colorado River.”

Local government supporters include the cities of Phoenix, Gilbert, and Peoria as well as the Mohave County Board of Supervisors. Arizona Municipal Water Users Association, which serves 10 municipalities, says the proposed legislation advances “equity among Arizona water users,” and legislation could “reduce unsustainable groundwater withdrawals.”

The Salt River Project sent a letter of support which said the legislation would, “provide important resources for off-reservation water users while also providing the Tribes with financial resources that are critically needed on the Tribes’ reservation.”

Central Arizona Water Conservation District’s letter of support states the legislation offers, “great promise with many more years of partnership,” and “support opportunities to provide Arizona Tribes with Colorado River decreed water rights greater flexibility to manage their resources.”

CAP General Manager Ted Cooke commented “CAWCD and CRIT have an established relationship working collaboratively on numerous projects over the last five years…This proposed legislation is a significant and historic change for CRIT.”

Support extends beyond correspondence to ADWR.

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) has issued a resolution in support of legislation that permits Tribal governments such as The Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) to lease water off the reservation. The NCAI resolution states in part: “Water leasing authority presents unique economic development opportunities for tribal nations, while helping local non-Indian communities address critical impacts from ongoing drought conditions.” The NCAI, established in 1944, is the oldest and largest national organization of American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments.

Pinal Central, a media outlet that serves Pinal County, published an editorial which states, “This is an idea that is definitely worth exploring...”

If passed and signed into law the proposed federal legislation would allow CRIT to lease a portion of its federally adjudicated water right off its reservation, as numerous other Arizona tribes that have Congressionally enacted water settlements are already permitted to do. 


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.




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.


 
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