Colorado River Indian Tribes
Their reservations cover 1,119.4445 km2 (432.22 sq mi) of land in Riverside and San Bernardino counties in California and La Paz County, Arizona. Today, the tribes have about 3,500 active (or enrolled) members. They chiefly reside in communities in and around Parker and Poston. The largest community is the town of Parker. The 2000 census reported a population of 9,201 persons residing on the reservation.
The combined tribe and its reservation territory is governed by an elected council of nine members and overseen by a tribal Chairman, Secretary, and Treasurer. These officers are elected from among the council members. The four tribes continue to maintain and observe their traditional ways and religious and culturally unique identities.
The economy for the tribes is based on the agricultural industry, growing commodity crops of cotton, alfalfa, and sorghum. Recently, they have added tourism to their economy by opening the BlueWater Resort and Casino as a destination on the Colorado River, about 2 miles from downtown Parker.
Notable tribal members
- Jacoby Ellsbury (b. 1983), baseball center fielder with the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees of Major League Baseball
- Colorado River Reservation, Arizona/California United States Census Bureau
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