Colorado River Indian Reservation

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The Colorado River Indian Reservation is an indian reservation in the southwest United States. It lies in western La Paz County, Arizona, southeastern San Bernardino County, California, and northeastern Riverside County, California. It has a total land area of 432.22 square miles (1,119.4 km2), and most of it lies within Parker Valley. It also borders the Palo Verde Valley in the southwest boundaries. Tribal headquarters are in Parker, the reservation's largest community.

Established in March 1865 for the "Indians of said river and its tributaries," the Colorado River Indian Reservation straddles a part of the Arizona and California border with 360.542 square miles (933.80 km2) in Arizona and 71.678 square miles (185.65 km2) in California. The other Reservation is Fort Mojave Reservation which is located in Arizona.

The reservation's economy revolves around agriculture, recreation, light industry, and government. The Colorado River Indian Tribes (CRIT) has senior water rights to 717,000 acre feet (884,000,000 m3) of the Colorado River, which represents nearly a third of the allotment for the state of Arizona.

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The 2000 census indicated a resident population of 9,201 persons, of which 3,389 were enrolled tribal members from the Chemehuevi, Mohavi, Hopi and Navajo, which today, collectively form a geopolitical body known as the Colorado River Indian Tribes.

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The Colorado River Indian Reservation currently owns and operates the BlueWater Resort and Casino east of Parker, which opened on October 1999. [1] The casino is in the size of 30,000 square feet (2,800 m2) and has over 400 slot machines. It also features a 200 room hotel, a 10,000 square feet (930 m2) bingo hall, an indoor water park, movie theater, video arcade, marina, and concert facilities.[2] The movie theater is the only local movie theater serving Parker, as well as the closest from Blythe, California since August 2010.

In 2005, the reservation began proposing a new hotel and casino near Blythe, citing the location along the river and Interstate 10, with the help of the governments of that city and the state of California.[3] Progress was made within approvals of the facility, as well as having opposition from residents of the Colorado River Communities and River Bend Lodge across the river from Parker Valley.[4] In May 2011, the reservation evicted the Blythe Boat Club after an expired land lease period in order to stabilize control of the strip and to continue efforts for the facility.[5]

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Coordinates: 33°55′54″N 114°23′19″W / 33.93167°N 114.38861°W / 33.93167; -114.38861