Pascua Yaqui Tribe

Yaqui Times & Federal Recognition Celebration 2013

Yaqui Times Cover September 2013

September 19th the celebration kicked off with prayers and traditional dancers at the Cristo Rey Church, on the Pascua Yaqui Reservation. The sights and sounds of the Maaso, Pascola, Matachini and Coyote danced into the day. A more traditional wayof celebrating and recognizing the achievements of our tribe and the path in which our elders have took in order to have what we have now. On the otherside of the reservation at the Itom Matawa’apo (Community Education Cultural Center) young Yaqui women shared their knowledge of Yaqui customs with the community, as they competed for the title of Miss Pascua Yaqui 2013. The young women were embellished in traditional attire as they prepared time honored Yaqui cuisine. As the judges inspected the preparation of each entree, the girls pushed through the heat and their nerves to complete the tasks at hand. As the competition continued the young women went inside to speak to a panel of judges and community members in full Yaqui terminology. Next, the young women preformed a talent show. They also displayed their talents in Yaqui customs, embroidery, flower making and so on.

Then the time of truth came, the votes were counted and the title was up for grabs. The announcement was made and the crown was passed on to the new Miss Pascua Yaqui Carina N. Dominguez To end the night, the Department of Language and Culture hosted a presentation on the path to federal recognition. Tribal members got a glimpse into all the hard work and, time dedicated to the construction and development of our tribal government Elders and various individuals shared insight on their personal views of the events. As the night concluded members were catered to a traditional Yaqui meal.


Pascua Yaqui Tribe Asserts Authority to Prosecute All Persons, including Non-Indians for Domestic Violence

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe is one of the first three tribes in the nation to be authorized to prosecute non-Indian offenders for certain domestic violence and protection order crimes. This jurisdiction goes into effect on February 20, 2014. After that date, a non-Indian who has substantial ties to the Tribe (such as living on the reservation, working for the Tribe or the Tribe’s casino, or having a dating partner or spouse who is Pascua Yaqui or a member of another Indian tribe) can be prosecuted by the Pascua Yaqui Tribe in the Tribe’s own criminal justice system.

The Tribe will provide non-Indian defendants with constitutional rights equal to those in the outside states. These rights include the right to an attorney if they cannot afford their own, the right to effective assistance of counsel, the right to a law trained judge, and the right to file a habeas corpus petition in federal court to name a few. The Pascua Yaqui Tribe already provides these rights to Indian defendants in its justice system.

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Tribal Council 2012-2016

Our new Tribal Council was sworn in on June 11, 2012 by the Honorable Chief Judge Cornelia V. Cruz. The ceremony took place at the Sol Casino Convention Center with many tribal members in attendance. The Pascua Yaqui tribe welcomes the new members in council who are Cruzita Armenta, Maryjane Buenamea, Rosa Soto Alvarez and Marcelino Flores. The Executive council are Chairman Peter Yucupicio, Vice Chairwoman Catalina Alvarez, Treasurer Fancisco Munoz and Secretary Robert Valencia.

Council Meeting Agenda for April 9, 2014 at 2pm In Tribal Chambers