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Natural Resources

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The Hualapai Department of Natural Resources monitors the health of the environment and the natural resources from an active management perspective on the Hualapai Reservation. The Department also serves as the primary authority over all Natural Resources of the Hualapai Tribe as delegated by the Hualapai Tribal Council. The mission of the Hualapai Department of Natural Resources is to conserve, protect and enhance the natural resources of the Hualapai Reservation while providing for multiple consumptive and non-consumptive uses, and ensuring the overall goal of long-term sustainable and balanced multiple uses of natural resources under the direction of the Hualapai Tribal Council.

 The Hualapai Tribe owns and controls approximately one million acres of land. The greater part of which adjoins 108 miles of the Colorado River within the Grand Canyon along its Northern boundary.

 The Hualapai, also known as the “Hwal’Bay” (People of the Tall Pines), live in lands of spectacular beauty and variety; with deep gorges, canyon lands, rolling hills, rugged mesas, breathtaking cliffs, seeps, springs, and rich ponderosa pine forests. These lands contain significant natural resources and` are home to an abundance of wildlife, vegetation, and macro-invertebrate life.


The mission of the Hualapai Department of Natural Resources is to conserve and safe-guard the natural resources on Hualapai Tribal Lands while providing for multiple consumptive and non-consumptive uses. We protect our long-term sustainability by means of EPA accepted standards set by the Hualapai Tribe for Hualapai Lands.


“We are the land and the land is us.
We are one and the same.”

 This is the most fundamental and essential characteristic of Native American culture.  That has to be understood and respected by the management practices of the federal government and all other agencies. We cannot be separated from the land and its cultural significance to us as a people.

 The Hualapai People have always held a sacred affiliation with those things which our mother earth has provided for our survival.  This includes all living plants, the wildlife, the waters, the geographic landscapes, and the whole ecological system of our world.

 “We have always been the guardians of these resources, and we are so today.” – Delbert Havatone, Chairman past


Our areas of operation include:

  • Administration
  • Air Quality
  • Water Resources
  • Agriculture
  • Forestry
  • Environmental Services
  • Wildlife Fisheries and Parks
  • Range Management

Program Managers

Please refer to managers for individual staff.


  • Oncho Munoz ,Agriculture Program Asst. Manager
  • Donata Dupree, Range Specialist
  • Dudley Manakaja, Range Water Tech. III
  • Eduardo Delgadillo, Range Water Tech. III
  • Marco Flores, Range Water Tech. I
  • Tom Wahlquist, Forestry Program Asst. Manager
  • Pat Coochwytewa, TSA Technician
  • Bryant Smith, Jr., Forestry Technician
  • Alvin Crook, Water Program Asst. Manager/ Water Tech. II
  • Danny Powsey, Air Tech./Water Tech. II
  • Joe Montana, GIS Tech./Water Tech. I
  • Edison Manakaja, Cultural & Natural Resource Monitor
  • Allene Price, Administrative Asst.
  • Rachelle Walema, Receptionist
  • Daniel Hissong, Wildlife Tech. I
  • Winkie Crook, Fisheries Tech. III
  • Garwain Sinyella, Wildlife Tech. III