Chemehuevi Indian Reservation (California)

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The Chemehuevi Reservation is a federally-recognized reservation located in San Bernardino County, California.

Established -- 1907 and 1970
Agency (BIA) -- Colorado River Agency
Principal tribes -- Chemehuevi
Population -- 2010: 203 - it does not include non Indians

History[edit | edit source]

This Reservation was established very late in the Reservation establishment period, which may indicate either a relocation of Indians from some other location occurred, or a leader or leaders, of the Chemehuevi took treaty and agreed to accept a Reservation. The Chemehuevi Valley Reservation was established in 1907. It originally covered over 36,000 acres. The Chemehuevi Indians from the Chemehuevi Valley Reservation relocated to the Colorado River Reservation. Colorado River Reservation has a much larger Chemehuevi population. The United States broke a treaty promise with a group of Indians who settled the Chemehuevi Reservation in 1907, from another location to the north. The Chemehuevi continued to fight to have their Reservation returned and on June 5, 1970 the Chemehuevi were once again recognized by the government of the United States. Today, their Chemehuevi Valley Reservation covers 32,500 acres.

Lake Havasu City, Arizona is on the Arizona side of the Colorado River.
The Chemehuevi Valley Reservation Tribal Administration Office is located in Havasu Lake, California. The Reservations population was 345 in the 2000 census. Indians accounted for 149 of the population of 345. Hispanics accounted for 77 of the white population of 158.

Records[edit | edit source]

Websites[edit | edit source]

Chemehuevi Indian Culture and History

Mojave Desert Chemehuevi Indians

Bibliography[edit | edit source]

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