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Oct
14
2022

ATTENTION TRIBAL VENDORS BOOTH RESERVATION APPLICATION FOR QUECHAN INDIAN DAYS CELEBRATION IS NOW AVAILABLE

EDA will be accepting Booth Reservation Applications on September 19, 2022 beginning at 8:00 A.M.

The Booth Reservation Application will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.  All vendors must be present to complete a Booth Reservation Application, which includes the opportunity to pick his/her booth.  All Tribal Vendors must possess a Business Permit valid through the last day of this event.  All food vendors must possess a valid Food Handler Certificate. Please visit the free online IHS Food Handler training at https://www.ihs.gov/foodhandler to obtain one.

Vendor Fees:
Food and Arts & Crafts: $50 total ($20 fee + $30 deposit)
Fireworks: $200 total ($100 fee + $100 deposit)
Payable by check or money order.

All vendors must practice the COVID guidelines such as wearing masks & gloves, keeping distance, and if ill or may have symptoms they are not to be selling, etc.  All rules appear on the Booth Reservation Application.  EDA appreciates your cooperation in this regard. Should you have any questions, please contact us at EDA Office (760) 572-5270

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Oct
14
2022

A Tribal Distribution of 6.25 Million for all adult enrolled members has been approved. Checks will be distributed at the Paradise Events Center October 14, 2022. Elders (60 and over) will be allowed to pick up their checks from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Those 18 and over can pick up from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The amount of distribution will be $2,134.56.

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Oct
13
2022

The 2022 Quechan Indian Days are scheduled for Thursday, October 13 through Sunday, October 16, 2022.

Come join us for some family fun, food, games, bird singing, peon, entertainment and much more.

Vendors please contact the EDA office at (760) 572-5270 for permit information.

For more information contact Thai Townsend (928) 919-6731.

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Sep
30
2022

Earlier this evening (Thursday, September 29, 2022), we were made aware of a school threat circulating on social media.

The image and words reported to YUHSD were shared with Yuma Police Department.  After further investigation the post is found to have been the exact image and wording used to make a school threat in Highlands County Florida in 2021. As of this time, the threat is not deemed credible. YUHSD will continue to work with YPD and provide updates if additional information becomes available.

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Sep
28
2022

The Quechan Tribal Council is concerned with the rise of violent crimes occurring in our community. Violence is a public health crisis that has plagued the Quechan Tribal Community for far too long. We will take an important step forward in addressing the needs of our community.

The Tribal Council is committed to reducing violent crimes on our reservation and committed to build a strong community. We are investing in the safety of the tribal membership, and will be starting with the installation of security cameras in all Subdivisions. The cameras are not there to invade privacy but to deter crimes and ensure safety among the families and visitors.

The Tribal Council contacted the Imperial County District Attorney's office with concerns of the case not going forward. We were informed the matter is not closed as additional information was needed by the submitting law enforcement agency.

A council meeting with the Sheriffs Office Lieutenant in charge of the Winterhaven Station will be scheduled for tomorrow to discuss the tribes concerns.

We would like to encourage our community members to report any information on any crimes they may be witnessed to. For your safety you may remain anonymous to report crimes. The telephone numbers to report information regarding crimes are as follows.

Quechan Housing Authority tip line 760-572-9999
Imperial County Sheriffs Office Dispatch Main Line 442-265-2021 & 1-800-452-2051
Quechan Tribal Police Department 760-572-2933 or 928-941-7539

For tribal members who are seeking individual grief counseling can call the numbers below.
Fort Yuma Health Center 760-572-4217 (Monday through Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm)
Amberly's Place 928-373-0849 (24/7)

We cannot stop crime from occurring but together we can all do our part in making sure our community is safe.
Quechan Tribal Council

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Sep
27
2022

CALL FOR TRIBAL ELECTION

  • Announcement to Tribal Members on General Election on December 5, 2022 we will be voting for President (1) – Vice President (1) - five (5) Council Member seats.
  • Letters will be sent out September 22, 2022

 CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

  • October 3, 2022 – Petition for Nominations can be picked up from the Tribal Secretary at the Administration Office
  • All nominations must be submitted to Council and certified as a legal candidate within “10 days of [receiving] nominations” per QTC Article V-Section-2
  • November 25, 2022 – 5:00 P.M LAST DAY for NOMINATIONS to be accepted by Council for Official Ballot. Certified Candidates pick up Candidate packets at the Election office open until 7:00 P.M - ?

 CALL FOR ‘CANDIDATES QUALIFICATION’ PACKETS

  • October 17, 2022 – Application for “Candidate Qualification” can be picked up at the Election Board Office from 8:00 A.M to 5:00 P.M. Monday-Friday at the Quechan Library Building – Quechan Election Office.

 CALL FOR ABSENTEE BALLOT REQUESTS

  • October 3, 2022 – All requests must be filed with the Secretary of the Council and will be picked up by the Board when recorded and received.
  • November 26, 2022 – All Absentee Ballot requests will be FEDEX

POST TRIBAL ELECTION NOTICES

  • November 4, 2022 – Public notice of polling place to be posted in at least three (3) conspicuous areas on the Quechan Reservation: Tribal Office, Quechan Community Center and Pipa Market.

POST ELIGIBLE VOTER LIST

  • November 28, 2022 – Posting of Eligible Voter List required to be posted in at least three (3) conspicuous areas on the Quechan Reservation: Tribal Office, Quechan Community Center and Pipa Market.

TRIBAL ELECTION DAY

  • Monday December 5, 2022 – Quechan Community Center – 7:00 A.M to 7:00 P.M

Address: 604 Picacho Rd, Winterhaven, CA 92283

TALLY OF VOTES

  • Monday December 5, 2022 or Tuesday December 6, 2022 tally of the votes are completed.

CONTEST OF ELECTION

  • Thursday December 8, 2022 or December 9, 2022 – Last day to Contest the Election. Statements must be turned in to the Election Office by 5:00 P.M (The date depends on the time Tribal Council accepts the canvass). If there is a contest, Certification by the Tribal Council will be at a later date.

NO CONTEST OF ELECTION

  • If there is no contest, the newly voted Council will be certified by the Tribal Council. (The date depends on the time Tribal Council accepts the canvass)

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Sep
26
2022

County of Imperial - On Saturday, September 24, 2022, at approximately 1718 hours, Imperial County Sheriff’s Deputies from the Winterhaven Station responded to the 1800 block of Sapphire Lane, in Winterhaven, to investigate a report of shots fired. When deputies arrived, they located two male subjects suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Deputies along with Officer’s from the Quechan Police Department began life saving measures until Paramedics arrived on scene. One victim was transported by family members and the other was transported by Paramedics to the Yuma Regional Medical Center. One male subject succumbed from his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the hospital. Investigators identified the victim as Jesus Galindo, Sr. 41 years of age from Winterhaven. The second shooting victim was later discharged from the hospital. 

While on scene, a possible suspect, who matched the description provided by witnesses, was located two blocks away. The male subject was identified as Bishap Laurenzana 22 years of age out of Yuma, Arizona. After talking to several witnesses and interviewing Laurenzana he was later placed under arrest for Murder and several other charges and later booked into the Imperial County Jail.

The Investigators are still seeking the public’s help in this active investigation and anyone with information on this case is encouraged to contact the Imperial County Sheriff’s Office Investigations Division at (442) 265-2105.

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Sep
22
2022

Update 09/22/2022:

The phone line at the election board is up.

Original Post:

The phone lines at the Quechan Election Board office are down until further notice.

TDS is scheduled to work on the phones on Monday, September 19, 2022.

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Sep
21
2022

Applications can be picked up at the Tribal office at the Receptionist Desk, Monday through Friday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Deadline will be Monday, October 3, 2022 at 5:00 pm.

Pageant to be held at the Paradise Event Center Thursday, October 13, 2022 at 7:00 pm.

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Sep
21
2022

Tribal and Non-Tribal workers wanted for the Quechan Indian Days Celebration.

The Quechan Human Resources Department is seeking (15) Tribal Members and Non-Tribal Member applicants to temporarily supplement the workforce for the upcoming Quechan Indian Days Celebration on October 13, 2022 to October 16, 2022.

The coverage area for this location will be under the direction of the Grounds and Landscape Supervisor Mr. Michael Jackson Jr.

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Sep
20
2022

The Quechan Indian Tribe is Seeking Letters of Interest from Enrolled Tribal Members for the Election Board Alternate I & II. The positions for the Election Board will be closed on Wednesday, September 28, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. The following remaining committees/boards that are still in need of members remain open until filled.  

Advisory Committee (Language) - Open
Impact Aide - (3) Vacant
Health Committee - (2) Vacant
Events Committee - (1) Vacant
Higher Education - (1) Vacant
Cultural Committee - (1) Vacant
Election Board Alternate I - (1) Vacant
Election Board Alternate II - (1) Vacant
Housing Board - (1) Vacant

OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Please submit letters of interest to Kaylee N. Hartt, Interim Tribal Council Secretary of the Tribal Administration Office.  Monday through Friday during the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Sep
14
2022

On Tuesday, September 13, 2022 the 2022 Election Board members were sworn in in the Tribal Council Chambers by Police Chief Kirk Nirva with the Quechan Tribal Council members in attendance.

The 2022 General Election for a President, Vice-President, and five Council Members will be on Monday, December 5, 2022.

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Sep
12
2022

The Quechan Indian Tribe is Seeking Letters of Interest from Enrolled Tribal Members for the Election Board Alternate II. The position for the Election Board will be closed on Wednesday, September 21, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. The following remaining committees/boards that are still in need of members remain open until filled.  

Advisory Committee (Language) Open
Impact Aide (3) Vacant
Health Committee (2) Vacant
Events Committee (1) Vacant
Higher Education (1) Vacant
Cultural Committee (1) Vacant
Election Board Alternate II (1) Vacant
Housing Board (1) Vacant

OPEN UNTIL FILLED

Please submit letters of interest to Kaylee N. Hartt, Interim Tribal Council Secretary of the Tribal Administration Office.  Monday through Friday during the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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Sep
10
2022

The Flood Watch remains in effect through midnight, September 10, 2022 but has been adjusted to remove Yuma and La Paz Counties.

Showers will still be possible in the area of Yuma and La Paz Counties. Outside of the Watch Area, northern Arizona is the most likely to see rain. Plan any road trips and outdoor activities accordingly.

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Sep
8
2022

A statement from the Quechan Tribal Council regarding Hurricane Kay

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Sep
8
2022

In preparation for the continuing monsoon and Hurricane Kay, a self-service sandbag station is available outside The Quechan Housing Authority Office located at 1860 West Sapphire Lane, Winterhaven, Calif.

There will be bags, sand and shovels available.

Thank you and stay safe.

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Sep
8
2022

A Flood Watch has been issued for Friday, September 9th @ 8:00AM until 12:00AM Sunday, September 11th by the National Weather Service (Phoenix, AZ Forecast Office)

Flooding caused by excessive rainfall associated with the tropical system Kay is possible.

Areas affected are portions of southwest Arizona and California, including  the following areas, in southwest Arizona, Central La Paz, Gila  River Valley, Kofa, Parker Valley, Southeast Yuma County and Yuma.  In California, Chiriaco Summit, Chuckwalla Mountains, Chuckwalla  Valley, Imperial County Southeast, Imperial County Southwest,  Imperial County West, Imperial Valley, Joshua Tree NP East, Joshua  Tree NP West, Palo Verde Valley and Salton Sea.

The flood watch will be from Friday morning through Saturday evening.

Excessive runoff may result in flooding of rivers,  creeks, streams, and other low-lying and flood-prone locations.  Abundant tropical moisture associated with the tropical system Kay will spread north into the area resulting in scattered to widespread rainfall. Extended periods of moderate rain will be capable of producing rural and urban flooding. Bands of heavier rain and embedded thunderstorms will be capable of producing higher rain rates which could also lead to flash flooding. 

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

You should monitor later forecasts and be alert for possible Flood Warnings. Those living in areas prone to flooding should be prepared to take action should flooding develop.

Take Caution & Stay Safe.

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Sep
7
2022

Significant moisture & even rain bands from Hurricane Kay will increase the flash flooding risk Friday into Saturday. Portions of southern Cali & SW AZ currently have the highest risk for rainfall, which includes the Imperial/El Centro areas. 

Sandbags are available outside the Quechan Housing Office for community members.

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Sep
7
2022

An Excessive Heat Warning has extended to Wednesday, September 7th until 8:00PM this evening by the National Weather Service (Phoenix, AZ Forecast Office)

Dangerously hot conditions possible. Afternoon temperatures 102 to 108 expected. In portions of southwest Arizona and southeast and southern California. Today Wednesday, September 7th until (8PM) this evening.

High Heat Risk. Overexposure can cause heat cramps and heat exhaustion to develop and, without intervention, can lead to heat stroke.

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Sep
6
2022

Hurricane Kay will track northward towards the southwest CONUS (The continental United States) and potentially bring impacts to Arizona and California as early as Friday, September 9, 2022.

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