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Cocopah Tribe Region


Population of young children (under age 6)


Percentage of young children living in poverty

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The Cocopah Indian Tribe is a federally-recognized, sovereign tribe located in the most southwestern corner of Arizona, 13 miles south of Yuma and along the Colorado River. The Cocopah (Kwapa), also known as the River People, have historically lived along the lower Colorado River and delta. They are descendants of the Yuman-language speaking people that occupied the lands along the Colorado River. The current Cocopah Reservation is comprised of three noncontiguous regions: East, North and West Reservations. The boundaries of the First Things First Cocopah Tribe Region match those of the Cocopah Reservation.


The Cocopah Tribe Regional Partnership Council makes strategic investments to support the healthy development and learning of the young children in the region. The regional council’s priorities include:

  • Strengthening families through voluntary home visiting
  • Improving the quality of child care and preschool programs
  • Promoting healthy lifestyles through wellness education
  • Providing professional development for early care and education professionals
  • Helping children transition to kindergarten 

First Things First Staff

Ashley Pascual

Sr. Director, West Regional Area


Nohemi Ortega

Regional Director, Cocopah Tribe


Nena Garcia

Community Outreach Coordinator


Marie Megui

Administrative Assistant III - West Regjon


Regional Office

233 S 2nd Ave
Yuma, AZ 85364


Region Stories — Cocopah Tribe More Stories from Cocopah Tribe

Mom holding young daughter in pink Disney shirt

Health awareness program helps Cocopah families try healthy foods to reduce obesity in young children

  • nutrition and physical activity

The FTF Cocopah Tribe Regional Partnership Council funds the a program designed to promote health and reduce obesity in young children in the region.

Mom and daughter smiling

Cocopah Early Steps helps both mom and toddler with smooth transitions

  • Cocopah Tribe

When Olivia was 18-months-old, Stephanie enrolled in a home visitation program and began learning more about brain development and how all children develop at…

Home visits help Cocopah toddler communicate better with family

  • family support

​​​​​During a local health fair, a mother of a 2-year-old boy approached the Cocopah Early Steps program table. The mom shared that she and her…

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