WHO IS WASSAJA?

Carlos Montezuma 

Carlos Montezuma was born in 1865. His Yavapai name was Wassaja, which means ‘to signal or beckon’. He attended medical school in Chicago, Illinois and earned his M.D. in 1889. Dr. Montezuma is traditionally known as the first American Indian Medical Doctor.

Dr. Montezuma, a founding member of the Society of American Indians, published his own newsletter called “Wassaja” and fought for Indian Rights. After discovering he had an incurable illness, he returned home. He died on January 13, 1923, at the age of 58. His eternal resting place is here at Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation.

Carlos Montezuma
Carlos Montezuma Plaque
Carlos Montezuma Plaque

Our Programs

Learn more about our asthma & diabetes programs

Our Services

Learn more about our clinic & community health services

About Us

Discover our mission, our vision and our values

CONTACT US

In emergency situations always call 9-1-1. For non-emergency situations you can reach the Wassaja Memorial Health Center at 480-789-7890.

CALL 9-1-1 IMMEDIATELY FOR:

For Life Threatening Emergencies &
Medical Attention

OTHER EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS

Poison Control Center: 602-253-3334
Behavioral Health Emergency (EMPACT): 480-461-8888

Disclaimer: The information on this website is a supportive service to Wassaja Memorial Health Center and is not meant to replace the advice of a physician who provides your health care. All medical information and advice on this website is considered incomplete without a physical exam and consultation with your doctor.