Published on July 14, 2013 by Amy
The San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe of Arizona is a federally recognized tribe of Southern Paiute Indians in Coconino County, Arizona.
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The San Juan Southern Paiutes lived east of the Grand Canyon, in lands bounded by the San Juan and Colorado Rivers for centuries. Although they lived by the Hopi and Navajo people, the San Juan Southern Paiutes maintained their own distinct language and culture. Several of their communities were on what is now the Navajo Reservation in north Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah.
The San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe of Arizona is headquartered in Tuba City, Arizona. Their primary communities are just outside Tuba City at Willow Springs, at Navajo Mountain in Arizona, and at the Utah-Arizona border. Currently the tribe is in litigation to restore their land base.
The tribe is governed by a seven-person tribal council, called the Shuupara`api.
Tribal members are primarily earning their incomes through livestock and subsistence farming. Fine basket weaving is also a common occupation.
Their annual powwow takes place on the second weekend of June and a San Juan Southern Paiute Family Reunion takes place every second week of August.
Former tribal president and council member Evelyn James was found guilty of stealing of almost $300,000 of tribal funds and money laundering. She was sentenced to two years in federal prison.