The Yavapai-Apache Nation is located in the Verde Valley of Arizona and is comprised of five (5) tribal communities: Tunlii, Middle Verde, Rimrock, Camp Verde and Clarkdale. With 2,440 total enrolled tribal members (December 2014 numbers) with over 750 residents living in the five (5) tribal communities. The Yavapai-Apache Nation consists of two distinct people, the Yavapai and Apache. The Yavapai refers to themselves as Wipuhk’a’bah and speak the Yuman language, while the Apache refer to themselves as Dil’zhe’e and speak the Athabaskan language.
With poverty common within the Nation, the Yavapai-Apache people elected to open a gaming facility in 1995. Cliff Castle Casino provided much needed revenue to the Yavapai-Apache Nation, allowing the tribal government to provide enhanced services to its members.
The services the Nation provides include:
Medical – Dental, Eye, Nutrition, Physician Services, Wellness
Social Services – Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counseling, Child Protective Services, Elder Advocacy, Emergency Assistance
Judicial – Police Department
Tribal Court – Family Health Court, Adult Drug Court, Mental Health Court, Probation Department
Youth Services – Recreation Program, Fitness Programs
Education – Scholarship Program, Tutor, Clothing Allowance
Housing – Low Income Tax Credit, 184 Loans, Tribal Rentals
Through gaming endeavors, the Council is focusing on social services, education, and has developed economic bases through Yavapai-Apache Sand and Rock, Distant Drums RV Park, Chevron Gas convenience Store,Market Place convenience store at Tunlii,Community Development and Financial Institution.
Yavapai-Apache Nation provides employment and other economic benefits to the surrounding communities, and has supported many organizations, including Boys & Girls Club, Toys for Tots, local schools, American Red Cross, the United Way, local youth programs, schools, scholarship funds, and the local library and many more.