Fort Mojave Indian Reservation

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The Fort Mojave Indian Reservation is an Indian reservation along the Colorado River, currently encompassing 23,669 acres (96 km²) in Arizona, 12,633 acres (51 km²) in California, and 5,582 acres (23 km²) in Nevada. The reservation was originally established in 1870 and is now home to approximately 1,100 members of the Mohave Tribe of Native Americans.

Occupancy on Fort Mojave Indian Reservation lands, unlike that of many other Indian reservations in Arizona, is less than 50% Native American. The Mohave people have leased much of their land to cotton, corn, and soybean farming companies, which employ a large population of resident white people and Mexican Americans.[1]

The site of the former Fort Mohave and the eastern terminus of the Mojave Road are situated on the present-day Fort Mojave Indian Reservation.


On October 20, 2003, the reservation government announced an agreement between the reservation and California Governor Gray Davis to allow the operation of an off-reservation casino west of Needles, California (directly across the Colorado River from the Tribe's Arizona Reservation Lands). If the deal is ratified, the Fort Mojave Reservation will be the first to have casinos in three states; the reservation operates the Avi Resort & Casino in Nevada and the Spirit Mountain Casino in Arizona.

Language revitalization[edit]

As of 2012, The Center for Indian Education at Arizona State University "has facilitated workshops for both learners and speakers at the Fort Mojave Indian Reservation in northwest Arizona, California and Nevada. Fort Mojave has about 22 elders who speak some Mojave."[2] The project is also bringing elders together with younger people to teach the traditional Mojave "bird songs."[3]

The language preservation work of poet Natalie Diaz on the reservation was featured on the PBS News Hour in March 2012.[4]


The Fort Mojave Indian Reservation is located at 34°56′34″N 114°36′33″W / 34.94278°N 114.60917°W / 34.94278; -114.60917Coordinates: 34°56′34″N 114°36′33″W / 34.94278°N 114.60917°W / 34.94278; -114.60917.[5]

Indian burial grounds for Fort Mojave are located at 34°51′06″N 114°37′07″W / 34.85167°N 114.61861°W / 34.85167; -114.61861.[6]



  1. ^ Fort Mojave Reservation and Off-Reservation Trust Land, Arizona/California/Nevada United States Census Bureau
  2. ^ Mary Shinn (2010-11-29). "ASU center bringing new life to Native languages". The State Press. Retrieved 2012-09-11. 
  3. ^ Pete Zrioka (2012-03-26). "Cultural conservation: keeping languages alive". Arizona State University News. Retrieved 2012-09-11. 
  4. ^ Mary Jo Brooks (2012-06-20). "On Wednesday's NewsHour: Poet Natalie Diaz". Art Beat PBS NewsHour. Retrieved 2012-09-11. 
  5. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Fort Mojave Reservation
  6. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Fort Mojave Burial Grounds

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