Booth and McCain

Former CRIT Tribal Chairman Elliot Booth died June 27. In this undated photo, Booth (left) is seen with former Arizona U.S. Senator John McCain.

Former Colorado River Indian Tribes Vice Chairman Elliot Booth died on June 27, 2020. During his time in that and other Tribal public service positions, he was instrumental in much of the development of new facilities on Colorado River Indian Reservation, including the new Parker Indian Health Center.

He was born Jan. 14, 1941 to Alfred Booth and Marie Ameelyenah.

The Tribal Council issued the following statement soon after his passing:

Colorado River Indian community mourns the loss and pays tribute to former Vice-Chairman Elliott Booth.

In recognition of his public service, the Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) Tribal Council is remembering and honoring the life of one of its former Vice-Chairman, Secretary, and councilmember who passed away this past week.

Elliott Leroy Booth (Mohave, Papago, and Pawnee) made his journey on June 27, 2020.

Elliot first entered public service for the CRIT on December 2, 1978, for his first term in office on the 23rd Tribal Council. He became a member of the Chairman Tony Drennan, Sr. Administration and was elected by that council to serve as Secretary from 1978-1982. In 1978, Elliot also served as the Health Coordinator for the Department of Health & Social Services.

He was re-elected to the 24th, 26th and 27th Tribal Council as Vice-Chairman on December 6, 1980, and served as Vice-Chairman until 1990. Elliot further served his tribe as Chairman of the Southwest Indian Agricultural Association from 1989 through 1998. In 1992, he was recruited by Chairman Daniel Eddy Jr. as his Administrative Assistant to oversee the construction of the new Indian Health Service hospital. There were times he had to work in the capacity of Vice-Chairman, Secretary, and Councilman because his tribe needed his expertise. Influential leaders of this era worked tirelessly and fought hard to establish the programs that tribal members enjoy today. The leadership of this era, and the eras before it, were fighters and did what needed to be done for their tribe with no complaints. They were warriors who championed to establish the foundation of the programs that we see today.

Elliot was a kind, hard-working gentleman that stood strong for his Native people as they strived in the early years to establish the base of government and services that we all enjoy today. During this period, the Department of Health & Social Services buildings were built, and the program established as well as new enterprises and infrastructure.

It is with great honor that we take the time to remember the strength of a man with a servant’s heart. We must always be grateful for the ones that have come before; they faced obstacles of their era just as we face ours today.

It is with the deepest heartfelt condolences we extend to the families of his children Farrel, Rochelle, Kim and LeAnne. May you find comfort in knowing his people will forever remember him, his mark will always be observed on his homeland, and children yet unborn will benefit from services he established.

Thank you, Elliot. Future Tribal Council’s will draw strength from the example you set as a community leader.

Respectfully,

The 41st Tribal Council Administration of Chairman Dennis Robert Patch

Services will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, July 6 at Parker Funeral Home, 1704 S. Ocotillo Avenue. The family requests that everyone observe personal space and wear masks and gloves to keep everyone safe at this difficult time.

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