Discovering the Indian tribes of the Colorado River


Have you ever heard of the Colorado River Indian tribes? Otherwise, it’s up to you to learn! From tourism to casinos, there is something for everyone. This article is brought to you by CKP Insurance, whose mission is to protect American Indian ranches from drought.

About the Colorado River Indian Tribes

There are four distinct tribes that make up the Colorado River tribes, the Mohaves, Chemehuevi, Hopi, and Navajo. Currently, there are approximately 4,277 active tribal members. The reserve was created in 1865 by the federal government for the “Indians of the Colorado River and its tributaries”, originally created for the Mohaves and Chemehuevi, who had inhabited the area for decades. It was not until years later that the Hopi and Navajo tribes were transferred to the reservation. Geographically, the reserve stretches across the Colorado River on the Arizona and California side. It comprises nearly 300,000 acres of land, with the river serving as the focal point and cornerstone of the region.

The main community on the reservation is Parker, Arizona, which is located on a combination of tribal and leased land owned by CRIT and non-Native Americans. There are other smaller communities on the reserve, including Poston, which is located 10 miles south of Parker. The town of Poston was one of the largest Japanese internment camps in the United States, where thousands of Japanese-Americans were held over a three-year period during World War II. In place of the campsites, there is now a monument dedicated to those who died and suffered during their internment, and the tribe is currently in the process of establishing a museum to commemorate the time.

The main economic activity of the reserve has always been agriculture, which dates back to the days when mesquites were abundant along the banks of the river and were used for everything from food to tribal traditions and ceremonies. The Colorado River Indian tribes continue to have a strong agricultural and agricultural industry, including the cultivation of cotton, alfalfa and sorghum.

Things to do

BlueWater Resort & Casino

The BlueWater Resort & Casino is a one-of-a-kind casino and resort, featuring over 200 hotel rooms with spectacular views of the Colorado River. The complex includes a casino with over 450 slot machines, Keno, Blackjack and many other gaming possibilities. It also has several restaurants, a conference center and a multi-screen cinema room. Major national acts perform frequently in the amphitheater of the complex. The BlueWater Resort & Casino is an excellent base for enjoying recreational opportunities on the Colorado River. The resort has a marina with 160 docks and is just one of dozens of places where those interested in river recreation can take advantage of what the Colorado River has to offer.

Ahakhav Reserve

The Ahakhav Tribal Reserve was established in 1995 and currently consists of 1,253 acres of wilderness and a 3.5-acre park. The reserve is centered around a reconstructed Colorado River backwater, which offers a variety of activities, including fishing, canoeing, bird watching, and swimming. The reserve also maintains a 4.6 mile trail as well as play areas and picnic facilities located within the park. One of the objectives of the reserve is to provide recreational and learning opportunities to the surrounding community as well as to visitors. Another goal is to serve as a revegetation area for endangered and threatened plants and animals native to the lower Colorado River basin. The reserve is an ongoing project to study revegetation and restoration methods that can be used throughout the region.

Poston monument

This memorial marks the site of the Poston War Relocation Center where 17,867 people of Japanese descent, the majority of whom were US citizens, were interned during World War II from May 1942 to November 1945. All persons of Japanese descent living on West Coast farms, businesses, towns and states have been forcibly evacuated by the US military on the grounds that they pose a threat to national security. This massive relocation was authorized by Executive Order 9066, signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942. This memorial is dedicated to all those men, women and children who endured countless hardships and indignities at the hands of a nation led astray by war hysteria, racial prejudice and fear. May it serve as a constant reminder of our past so that Americans in the future will never be deprived of their constitutional rights again and that the memory of that experience serves to further the evolution of the human spirit.

Blythe Intaglios

The Blythe Intaglios were discovered in 1931 by an airplane pilot, but their dates of origin, purpose, meaning, and who created them remain a mystery. They might be over 1000 years old but are probably 200 years old. They could have been made by Mohave Indians; however, today’s Mohave says they have no knowledge of their origin. It is possible that the Indians living in the Greater Colorado Valley centuries ago created gigantic figures on the surface of the ground. The figures are known to archaeologists as “Intaglios” (In tal yoe), an Italian term that refers to an art process of engraving. This type of antique is very rare in the world. The Intaglios known to exist on this continent are found in the southwest and most are found near the Colorado River. The Blythe Intaglios are located approximately 15 miles north of Blythe, California.

Colorado River Indian Tribes Museum

Located in the Tribal Government Complex in the same building as the CRIT Library, the CRIT Museum offers a comprehensive history of the Colorado River Indian tribes, their heritages and traditions. The museum houses cultural artifacts and exhibits, photos showing tribal history, and providing insight into CRIT and its people. Its exhibits and information date back to before the creation of the CRIT reservation in 1865 and continue to this day.

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Peter the “Cowboy” is a gunslinger-style writer from Bismark, North Dakota. Controversy is his middle name. He loves the cowboy lifestyle and being American.

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