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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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. 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)

Resolution No. 332-22 to Reinstate Resolution 254-21 to Mandate Face Coverings to Slow the Spread of COVID-19
August 12, 2022

Resolution No. 254-21 to Modify the Mandate to Wear Face Coverings to Slow the Spread of COVID-19
August 12, 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..


 

COLORADO RIVER INDIAN TRIBES
 
Request For Proposals

UPDATED 8/12/2022                                                                                          

 The Colorado River Indian Tribes is seeking proposals from attorneys for legal services in the areas of Broadband and Water.  The deadline for submission is August 22, 2022.

RFP Broadband (Click on link to RFP)...

RFP Water (Click on link to RFP)...

The Colorado River Indian Tribes is seeking proposals from attorneys for legal services in the area of Information Technology (IT) services.  The deadline for submission is September 23, 2022.

RFP IT Services (Click on link to RFP)

The Colorado River Indian Tribes is seeking proposals from qualified attorneys or other legal professionals to serve a two-year appointment as a Hearing Officer for the Colorado River Indian Tribes to hear disputes related to licensing and Notices of Violation issued by the Tribal Gaming Agency.  The deadline for submission is 5:00 pm (AZ time) on September 2, 2022.

RFP Hearing Officer for Tribal Gaming Matters

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NEW! COLORADO RIVER INDIAN TRIBES' HAVE EXTENDED THE TRIBAL MEMBER DIRECT CASH ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

June 28, 2022. The Tribal Council has extended the deadline for applying for the one-time CRIT  Tribal Member Direct Cash Assistance Program funded by the American Rescue Plan Act to August 31, 2022.

All eligible tribal members age 18 and up who have experienced a negative economic impact due to the COVID-19 pandemic are eligible to receive a cash assistance payment of $1,000.00 per eligible person if the requirements and deadlines are met. This is for the final disbursement of $1,000.00 for eligible tribal members. Payments will be issued by US First Class mail. This deadline will be strictly adhered to.

CRIT Tribal Member Direct Cash Assistance Program Application

Completed applications should be submitted by mail to CRIT Accounting, Attn Tracey Quillen, 26600 Mohave Rd., Parker, AZ 85344.
Please contact CRIT Accounting at (928) 669-1239 with any questions regarding your application or this program.

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Click on Flyer for Link to Application



 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.

Chairman Schatz, Ranking Member Murkowski, Members of the Committee: It is an honor to be here today. My name is Chairwoman Amelia Flores and I am the elected leader of the Colorado River Indian Tribes, also known as CRIT.  

We are the Aha Makhav, the people of the river. Our songs, our trails, and virtually every aspect of our culture is based on the river and the indigenous plants and animals that rely on it. 

We are also farmers. The rich soil along the riverbanks has sustained our people for millennia and today we have more than 70,000 acres of production on reservation including alfalfa, cotton, and potatoes. 

Our culture and agricultural economy are reliant on our senior water rights.  Past leaders fought for our rights, which were quantified and perfected by the Supreme Court in Arizona v. California. Our Arizona allocation is the largest and most senior right from the River in the state. It is also, unfortunately, among the least flexible... And that is why I am here today. 

CRIT has worked with the Department of the Interior, the Arizona Department of Water Resources, water users, and environmental organizations over the last six years to develop and promote legislation that will better integrate our water rights into the state’s water management system.  

More specifically, the Colorado River Indian Tribes Water Resiliency Act of 2021 would waive the Indian Non-Intercourse Act and allow CRIT to lease portions of its water right outside of our reservation boundaries. This maximizes the value of our trust asset and provides great economic opportunities. It also benefits non-tribal water users by making their water supply more accessible even during drought. 

This bill comes at a critical time in the Colorado River Basin. We are facing a mega-drought, and Arizona is Ground Zero. The US Bureau of Reclamation anticipates that our state will be forced to reduce water deliveries by more than 500,000 acre-feet next year. And within five years, the state may receive no water from the River at all. 

But thanks to the senior priority of our water, if the river flows, CRIT will not be directly impacted. That is why we have such strong support from non-tribal stakeholders: water leased from CRIT will not be subject to this shortage.  

The authority contained in the CRIT Water Resiliency Act is consistent with authority already granted to other tribes and with other aspects of federal law. 

For instance, the legislative text dealing with water leases is nearly identical to provisions included in Congressionally-enacted water settlements for the last 25 years. Thus, our leases would simply follow in the footsteps of the other 24 other tribes that already have this authority.  

Similarly, we apply the same strong environmental rules to any potential lease. NEPA, the Endangered Species Act, and other environmental laws would apply to any transfer authorized by this act. 

What’s unique: because we have a fully adjudicated, but not fully developed right, we agreed to limit leases only to water that has been historically consumed on the Reservation. That ensures a lease never takes water away from others. 

In addition to the economic benefits of this legislation, tribal leadership would like to use the authority to expand on river habitat conservation. Right now we are only able to use our water to create habitat within the boundaries of our reservation. This bill would allow us to replicate the success of our tribal conservation area, the Ahakhav Preserve, along other stretches of the river. We have seen great success with our endangered fish restoration program and native plant nursery within the Preserve, and we are excited about the opportunity to replicate these results in other parts of the State.

This legislation is all about working together to solve one of the most difficult issues faced by our region. I believe this bill will help our tribe and our state deal with the challenges of the drought, and I hope you will join Senators Kelly and Sinema in supporting our effort. Thank you again for the opportunity, and I stand ready to answer any questions you may have. 

CRIT has demonstrated its ability to assist with drought relief without reducing the amount of water flow in the Colorado River through beneficial agreements, like the Drought Contingency Plan and similar federal pilot programs, by making water available through continued conservation efforts already implemented. 

CRIT has the first priority decreed water right to divert 719,248 acre-feet per year to serve tribal lands in both Arizona and California. It has the resources to maintain on-reservation needs and to assist in maintaining the water levels in Lake Mead AND assist in direct drought relief to Arizona communities at the same time. 

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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). 

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. 

CRIT has demonstrated its ability to assist with drought relief without reducing the amount of water flow in the Colorado River through beneficial agreements, like the Drought Contingency Plan and similar federal pilot programs, by making water available through continued conservation efforts already implemented. 

Chairwoman Flores said, “The Colorado River is the lifeblood of our community, and this legislation helps preserve the life of the river while providing much needed drought relief. CRIT can provide real hope with real water as we all deal with the challenges presented by an unrelenting drought.”

S.3308 was introduced by Senator Mark Kelly and is co-sponsored by Senator Kyrsten Sinema. The bill has been endorsed by the Salt River Project, the Central Arizona Project, the Arizona Municipal Water Users Association, and Arizona House Speaker Representative Russell Bowers.

Prior to the introduction of the bill, the Arizona Department of Water Resources held public hearings on water leasing legislation. Supporters included:

  • The Water for Arizona Coalition 
  • The National Audubon Society 
  • The cities of Phoenix, Gilbert, and Peoria 
  • The Mohave County Board of Supervisors
  • The Pinal County Board of Supervisors

CRIT has the first priority decreed water right to divert 719,248 acre-feet per year to serve tribal lands in both Arizona and California. It has the resources to maintain on-reservation needs and to assist in maintaining the water levels in Lake Mead AND assist in direct drought relief to Arizona communities at the same time. 

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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

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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.

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:

  • The Water for Arizona Coalition
  • The National Audubon Society
  • The cities of Phoenix, Gilbert, and Peoria
  • The Mohave County Board of Supervisors
  • The Arizona Municipal Water Users Association, which serves 10 municipalities
  • The Pinal County Board of Supervisors 

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.

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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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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 yourselves and your 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.






 

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