Colorado River Indian Tribes

Mailing Address

26600 Mohave Road
Parker, AZ 85344

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Cultural History

The Colorado River Indian Tribes are made up of Mohave, Chemehuevi, the Hopi and the Navajo. These four distinct tribes are legally separate and distinct from one another. These days, there are 3,500 Tribal members. The Colorado River Indian Tribes Reservation was established in the year 1865 by the Federal Government for the Indians of the Colorado River. These are the primary tribes who have found their niche along the Colorado River. The reservation area was only originally for the Mohave and the Chemehuevi people who have been the main residents of the area for centuries. However, several years later, the Hopi and the Navajo Tribes found themselves relocated in the same area thus; the reservation was declared for the four tribes.

Their reservation is along the Colorado River. The reservation stretches up to 300,000 acres of land. The river serves as the central point and the "lifeblood" of the community. Parker, Arizona is situated in Arizona. It is the mixture of the Tribal lands given to each of the four tribes. Poston, located ten miles to the south of Parker is also another thriving community. Poston was actually the site of the largest Japanese internment camps during the years of the World War II. 

Agriculture is the primary source of income of the Colorado River Indian Tribes. They have mastered the cultivation of land thanks to the days when the mesquite trees used to be plentiful along the river. The tribe used to depend on the river for food, shelter and even their cooking traditions was based on the banks of the river. Several Tribal Ceremonies are also held in the place as proof of the importance of the riverbanks to the culture of the tribes. The reservation area has also been an ideal place to grow cotton, alfalfa and sorghum.

The Colorado River Indian Tribes' tribal seal is the result of the seal making contest in the year 1966. The tribes figured out that they needed a symbol for their own identity. The winning entry was that of John Scott whose design encompassed all the tribe's factors. The tribal seal is composed of a sunburst design depicting the sun’s rays. The sun had fifty-two points which symbolized the 52 weeks of sunshine. ON the seal, the Riverside Mountain is to be found on the horizon while the Colorado River is pictured flowing across the seal. There is also a crosshatch design as well as a shaft representing the agricultural sector of the area. On the other hand, the tribe's flag was designed by Margi McCabe and was formally recognized as the tribal flag in 1979. Their tribal flag has the colors brown for the Earth, blue for the water, and orange for the sunrays. The four feathers, on the other hand, represent the four tribes that comprise the whole of Colorado River Indian Tribes.

In our time today, the Colorado River Indian Tribes are kept busy by their business ventures including real estate. Their most successful enterprise though, is the Blue Water Resort & Casino. The establishment boasts not only of the gaming facilities, but conferences and national entertainment acts are also performed in the place.